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Liev Schreiber was given a muscle suit to wear for his role as Victor Creed, similar to what Vinnie Jones (Juggernaut) wore in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), to make his physique look comparable to Hugh Jackman's 220 lb. figure. The suit made Schreiber feel "humiliated", and he requested a chance to gain real muscle. He trained for three months while filming Defiance (2008) in Lithuania, and continued to train alongside Jackman during filming. Jackman also made Schreiber add a great deal of protein to his diet, which Schreiber called "the genocide of chickens." In the end Schreiber gained 40 lbs. and had to buy several new suits due to his back gaining several inches in width: "I can't fit into my favorite suit now! But I felt like I owed it to the genre to be big."
Hugh Jackman recommended his Kate & Leopold (2001) co-star Liev Schreiber for the role of Sabretooth, describing him as having the necessary competitive streak to portray Sabretooth. During filming, they dared each other to perform more and more of their own stunts.
In the flashback to Africa, a young black girl with white hair can be seen. This is the young Ororo Monroe (Storm), the future X-Men member. This scene was removed from the final film, but appears as a deleted scene in the DVD.
In the film, Logan fights in the American Civil War, WWI, WWII, and the Vietnam War. In the comics, he participates in WWI and WWII, even teaming up with Captain America in the latter.
A "Deadpool" movie had been in the works since 2004, with David S. Goyer directing and starring Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. Reynolds himself had dreamed of playing Deadpool, and when he heard Deadpool was given a place in the script, he immediately approached the filmmakers for the role.
When Deadpool first uses Scott Summer's optic blast, the skin around his eyes burns in a red-shaded diamond pattern. Deadpool's mask in the comics has a diamond pattern of black around the eyes.
On March 31 2009, a bootleg copy of the film was leaked online. The copy had no watermark, unfinished/alternate VFX and a different font for the credits; but by the time the film officially released in theatres on 2009 (weeks later), it had been downloaded about 4.5 million times. Roger Friedman, a reporter for Fox News, wrote an adverse review of the film based on the leaked copy - he even described how easy it was to find and download the film. His review was immediately removed and he got fired.
Hugh Jackman himself expressed regret over this film, admitting it fell short of his expectations and didn't do the character of Wolverine justice. Subsequently he and the rest of the crew sought to do a better job with The Wolverine (2013).
William Stryker tells Wade Wilson (Deadpool): "If it weren't for that mouth you'd be the perfect soldier." Deadpool is branded in the comics as "The Merc with the Mouth."
The film takes place in 1845, the 1860s, the 1910s, 1944, 1973 and 1979.
In the rear window of the Hudsons' truck is a sticker reading "Not all who wander are lost", paraphrasing Aragorn's motto from the J.R.R. Tolkien series 'The Lord of the Rings'.
Liev Schreiber had studied to be a fight choreographer, and wanted to be a dancer like Hugh Jackman, so he enjoyed developing and filming the Logan-Creed fights.
Ryan Reynolds (as Deadpool) and Wesley Snipes (in the Blade movies) are the only two actors with roles in Marvel Comics film adaptations to have not gone through an audition prior to signing.
Gambit, Cyclops and Emma were the only credited prisoners of Striker's Island. However fans have speculated who the other prisoners might be: Quicksilver (white-haired boy who violently thrashes in his cage whilst bound by elastic straps), Banshee (teen with tape over his mouth), Toad (a boy with an amphibious tongue), Psylocke (an East Asian girl with blue and purple streaks in her hair), Whirlwind (young man spinning as a tornado in his cage however other fans believe this to be Riptide), Dust (South Asian girl seen frozen in her cage)
Brian Cox was interested in reprising his role as William Stryker from X-Men 2 (2003), using the digital skin-grafting VFX used in the last film on Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. The filmmakers thought it would be easier and cheaper to cast a younger actor instead and hired Danny Huston.
Remy LeBeau (Gambit)'s last name is French for "the handsome" ("le beau"). In the comics, Gambit is well-known for his good looks and charm (in the comics it's considered tactile hypnosis).
Michael C. Hall was at one point considered for the role of William Stryker.
This is the first time the mutant Gambit appears in an X-Film. He was planned to make appearances in the previous X-Films, but was always cut out.
Will.i.am accidentally punched the camera while filming a fight scene and scarred his knuckles.
David Benioff aimed for a darker and more brutal story, and wrote the script with an R rating in mind. Producer Hugh Jackman did not see the need for an R rating, however, and the script was toned down to a safer PG-13 level.
Gambit's portrayal in this film is inspired by his "Ultimate X-Men" version, where he was a retired thief and carries a Southern/Cajun accent.
In one scene a black vintage Mercedes Benz can be spotted moving around. This was the vehicle Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr used in the beginning of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Hugh Jackman collaborated with the writers on the script, as he wanted the film to be a character piece compared to the other X-Films.
This is one of the two films in the "X-Men" series in which Magneto does not appear. The other one is Deadpool(2016)
Danny Huston compared his character of William Stryker to a racehorse breeder, who rears his mutant experiments like children but abandons them when something goes wrong.
Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber are the only Tony Award winners in this film, as well as the only ones to also be nominated for a Golden Globe.
Tyler Mane, who played Sabretooth in X-Men (2000), requested he reprise the role, but he was turned down by the filmmakers who wanted a younger actor for the prequel.
Liev Schreiber describes Sabretooth as the most monstrous role he has ever played.
Karl Urban and Gerard Butler were both considered for the part of Victor Creed.
Many comic-book fans were unhappy with the way Deadpool was treated in this film, including Ryan Reynolds. To the extent that Deadpool (2016) ignores this film entirely, except for a couple of lines and a figurine.
In James Howlett's bedroom a picture of a wolverine can be seen, foreshadowing his mutation and later title.
Gavin Hood described the film's central theme as Wolverine's inner struggle between his animalistic and human qualities: "I realized that Wolverine's great appeal lies in the fact that he's someone who, in some ways, is filled with a great deal of self-loathing by his own nature and he's constantly at war with himself."
In a Q and A with Kevin Smith, Edgar Wright revealed he was offered the role of Chris Bradley/Bolt by the producers. He declined citing he wasn't a good enough actor. Later, Hugh Jackman called him, along with other producers from the film, with the intention he had said "yes" to the role. Later, he e-mailed Jackman to politely tell him no, without being disrespectful.
Will.i.am was a fan of the X-Men franchise who identified Nightcrawler as his favorite character and was subsequently cast to play a mutant with similar teleporting powers.
Originally, Deadpool was only going to cameo, but the role grew after Ryan Reynolds was cast.
Liev Schreiber was originally considered for the role of Colonel William Stryker, but he requested to take the role of Victor Creed as he found that role more interesting.
Hugh Jackman underwent a high intensity weight training regimen to improve his physique for the role. He altered the program to shock his body into change and also performed cardiovascular workouts. Jackman noted no digital touches were applied to his physique in a shot of him rising from the tank within which Wolverine has his bones infused with adamantium.
Gavin Hood wanted to make Wolverine suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder from his army years, but Fox Studios vetoed the idea as too heavy a theme for a comic-book film.
William Stryker's lab was shot at Cockatoo Island, at New South Wales. The enormous buildings at that location were perfect for the designers, and the filmmakers saved money on digitally creating a set.
Throughout the film, Logan wears a brown/yellow motorcycle jacket. In the comics, Wolverine wore a brown/yellow costume.
Screenwriter David Benioff and actors Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Durand and Daniel Henney are fans of the "X-Men" comics.
The Blob suit went through six months of modifications, and had a tubing system inside to cool Kevin Durand down with ice water.
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Gavin Hood compared the relationship between Logan and Victor Creed to the tennis rivalry between players Björn Borg and John McEnroe: Victor hates Logan because he loves and needs his brother, but is too proud to admit he wants him back.
William Stryker sports a silver cross pin on his jacket lapel. This is a reference to the character's comic book origin as a radical Christian Televangelist.
According to David Benioff, the script was influenced by the Wolverine-centred comics "Wolverine" (1982), "Weapon X" (1991) and "Origin" (2001); the latter being Benioff's favourite comic.
This is the first film to insert the X-Men characters into real-world historical events: the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the 1979 Three Mile Island accident. See also trivia for X-Men: First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013), and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
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Gavin Hood and top Fox executive Tom Rothman reportedly had clashes over the film's creative direction. One infamous incident happened while Hood was off-set, at which point Rothman took it upon himself to have one of the sets repainted from Hood's original dark theme into something lighter.
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Gavin Hood has stated that the scripting process was a mess, and that portions of the screenplay were hastily rewritten as the movie was filming.
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Bryan Singer (who directed the X-Men (2000) and X-Men 2 (2003)), Brett Ratner (who directed X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)), Len Wiseman, Alexandre Aja, and Zack Snyder all expressed interest in directing the film before Gavin Hood was hired.
In response to criticism from fans over Lynn Collins being cast as the Native American, Silverfox, Collins reassured fans by claiming to have distant Native American ancestry.
The Fast and Furious and X-Men franchises have often released the same installments of a franchise in the same year. X-Men 2 (2003) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and Fast & Furious (2009) (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011) and Fast Five (2011) (2011) and The Wolverine (2013) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013) (2013). Furious 7 (2015) was set to be released in 2014, the same year as X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), however it then was pushed to 2015 after Paul Walker's death.
Daniel Henney is of Korean/Irish descent and is American by nationality, however his character Agent Zero is actually German by ethnicity and nationality in the comics. In fact Zero who is better known as Maverick in the comics is portrayed as a cold hearted ruthless marksman which is opposite to his comics book counter part. In addition Maverick has to build up kinetic energy by movement or hitting something. However the film hints that he can absorb and alter kinetic energy giving him enhance gun fire and marksman abilities and he is also shown being capable of moving faster and jumping higher than a normal human.
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Hugh Jackman recommended Gavin Hood as director, noting parallels between Logan and the hero of Hood's previous film, Tsotsi (2005).
Production went into difficulties due to creative conflicts between director Gavin Hood and the studio. Richard Donner, producer Lauren Shuler Donner's husband, had to fly to the set to ease tensions.
The final scene (a destroyed Three Mile Island) was achieved with five different matte-paintings.
After running in the woods following, Logan unleashing his claws for the first time, Victor calls him : "Little brother!" A line that pays homage for Victor/Sabretooth, to call Wolverine "little runt!"
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Bryan Singer revealed that Kayla's sister Emma is not Emma Frost.
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Hugh Jackman earned $25 million for the film.
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This is the first film to be produced by Hugh Jackman and John Palermo's new production company, Seed Productions.
The film was delayed by weather and Hugh Jackman's commitments with Australia (2008).
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In some scenes Wolverine's claws were created through computer-generated imagery since the props being used in those scenes looked obvious.
The characters depicted in this movie are the result of 3 generations of X-Men creators - Wolverine and Sabretooth were created by Len Wein & Johnny Romita and Chris Claremont & John Byrne respectively back in the '70's; Deadpool is a product of Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld's work on the title during the '90's, and; John Wraith was created by Larry Hama in the '90's, and the Weapon X program was first introduced into X-men by Barry Windsor-Smith in his classic story "Weapon X", originally published in Marvel Comics Presents #72-84 from 1980's. In addition, characters created by Stan Lee make cameo appearances toward the end.
Maggie Q was considered for the role of Kayla Silverfox.
Controversy arose as the Queenstown Lakes District Council disputed the Department of Labour's decision to allow Fox to store explosives in the local ice skating rink. Fox moved some of the explosives to another area. The explosives were used for a shot of the exploding Hudson Farm, a scene which required thirteen cameras. Hugh Jackman and Woz Productions reached an agreement with the council to allow recycling specialists on set to advise the production on being environmentally friendly.
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Composer Harry Gregson-Williams used stanzas from an ancient Norse poem to underscore the theme "Logan Through Time."
Scott Adkins doubles up for Deadpool at the film's climax because Ryan Reynolds was busy working on another film at the time. The close-ups of Reynolds were filmed months later when he was in between projects.
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David Ayer wrote an early version of the film's screenplay.
Lauren Shuler Donner considers Gambit one of her favorite "X-Men" characters.
In the week prior to the film's release, Marvel Comics published the Wolverine: Weapon X Files one-shot comic book featuring profiles of many of the characters in the film - including Wolverine, Sabretooth, Deadpool, Agent Zero, John Wraith, Silver Fox, Gambit, Blob, and Stryker - despite some of the characters not being involved with Weapon X in the comics and some characters (like Stryker) being vastly different in the film than their comic book predecessors.
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Michelle Monaghan was offered the role of Kayla Silverfox, but though she wanted to work with Hugh Jackman she had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. The role eventually went to Lynn Collins Both Monaghan and Collins appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) at the beginning of their careers.
In the comics, David North uses the alias of "Maverick". However, he has also used the alias "Agent Zero" in recent times.
On-screen brothers Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber are good friends in real life.
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For the scenes where Wolverine gets infused with adamantium, Hugh Jackman effectively spent two days underwater.
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Every Friday throughout the film's production, Hugh Jackman gave out lottery tickets to everyone on set. Unfortunately, nobody ever won.
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Although a link has been established between Logan and Victor in the comics, this is the first time they've been connected as brothers.
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Will.i.am's first acting role.
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Poker player Phil Hellmuth Jr. was going to have a cameo alongside fellow player Daniel Negreanu at Gambit's table, but he was committed to a game in Toronto and couldn't be present for filming.
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Although Will.i.am initially did not get on with the casting director, he got the role because he wanted to play a mutant with the same power as Nightcrawler. He enrolled in boot camp to get into shape for the part.
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It was originally reported that Dominic Monaghan was going to play Barnell Bohusk/Beak.
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Wolverine's log cabin in the wilderness was actually constructed on a hillside in New Zealand. Unfortunately, because of incessant - and very noisy - high winds, the set had to be dismantled and rebuilt in a studio.
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Daniel Henney relished his villainous role as David North: "There are no restrictions playing it, allowing you freely to express it, so you can act how you want to."
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Kodi Smit-McPhee was considered for the role of young James Howlett for this film, but could not, due to his commitments to The Road (2009). However, he is cast as a young Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
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Skip Woods rewrote David Benioff's script after Gavin Hood was hired.
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Gavin Hood gave pictures of favelas (Brazilian shantytowns) to VFX company Hatch Productions to assist the company in developing accurate matte-paintings for the Africa scenes.
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Features two actors from the Australian TV show McLeod's Daughters (2001). Aaron Jeffery (Alex Ryan) plays Thomas Logan at the beginning of the film and Myles Pollard (Nick Ryan) plays Phelan - one of the lumberjacks Logan works with. The two play brothers on McLeod's Daughters (2001).
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Both the Comic Con and Official Trailers feature scores from films that were released in 2007. The Comic Con Trailer features "Come and Get Them!" from Tyler Bates' 300 (2006) score, and The Official Trailer features "Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)" from John Murphy's score to Danny Boyle's Sunshine (2007).
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Gavin Hood detailed that during shooting in Australia, script pages would be sent from LA, at times in the night prior to them being filmed.
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A fan of the X-Men movies, Kevin Durand contacted the producers for a role as soon as news of a new film came out.
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Gavin Hood was attracted to the project because, as a South African, he could relate to the idea of mutants vs humans segregation. He was particularly keen on concentrating on the personal angle to the film instead of all the pyrotechnics.
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Scott Porter auditioned for the role of Gambit.
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As a child, 'Liev Scheiber' (Qv) loved the Wolverine comics because of their unique "urban sensibility".
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More than 1,000 shots have visual effects in them, which required three effects supervisors and seventeen different companies to work on the film. The most prominent was Hydraulx, who had also worked in the X-Men trilogy and was responsible for the battle in Three Mile Island and Gambit's powers.
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James Vanderbilt and Scott Silver both did uncredited rewrites on the screenplay.
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The closing credits run for 7 minutes.
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Daniel Negreanu: (at around 1h 6 mins) The only other poker player shown at the table other than Gambit and Wolverine when they first meet, is Daniel Negreanu, a popular real life Canadian professional poker player. He has won four World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles.

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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Some of the mutants William Stryker has captured and encaged are recognizable:
  • the tongued boy is Mortimer Toynbee (Toad, who was seen in X-Men (2000));


  • the teenager with the tornado is Sofia Mantega (Wind Dancer), who can summon winds;


  • the boy vibrating in his cage is Pietro Maximoff (Quicksilver, son of Magneto), whose power is super-speed;


  • and the boy with the tape over his mouth is Sean Cassidy (Banshee, who appears in X-Men: First Class (2011)), whose power is sonic-level screaming.


The film's version of Deadpool is in line with his comic version (a member of Team X, a wacky mercenary who is experimented on), with the revision that he gains the powers of other mutants and Stryker has his mouth sewn shut (a move Lauren Shuler Donner disliked). Although, in the post-credits scene, it's shown that the seal that was covering his mouth was broken, allowing him to speak again (he even breaks the fourth wall, an ability he has in the comics, to tell the audience "Shh....").
In New Orleans, Victor Creed (Sabertooth) asks Logan (Wolverine) if he even knows how to kill him to which Logan responds "I'm gonna cut your goddamn head off!" In the comics Wolverine actually killed Sabretooth that way (it doesn't happen in the film though).
The telepathic mutant Emma Frost was going to have a major role in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), but when Brett Ratner replaced Bryan Singer as that film's director, she was removed from the film. To make up for her removal, she appears in a cameo in this film and has a major role in X-Men: First Class (2011). She has been revised to be Kayla Silver Fox's sister; this indirectly explains Kayla's telepathic abilities, when in the comics Kayla only has a healing ability and weapons skills (ironically Emma herself shows no indication of telepathy in this film).
Logan is shot in the head by Stryker and the trauma from his wound blanks out his memory. In the comic "Origin", Wolverine's healing ability is what blanks out his memory (in the comics though it's short-term and done to combat mental stress; in this film he loses all memory of his life).
Weapon XI is portrayed by two actors, Ryan Reynolds and Scott Adkins. Reynolds portrays Wade Wilson/Weapon XI for close-up/standing shots and simple stunts and Adkins handles the more complicated and dangerous fights in the final battle.
The old couple Logan encounters are named Travis and Heather Hudson. These are the civilian names of Guardian and Vindicator, the leaders of Alpha Flight, a Canadian governmental mutant team (in the comics however Guardian's name is James MacDonald Hudson).
With this film, Hugh Jackman emerges as the first actor to be credited as playing a comic book hero in four consecutive films since Christopher Reeve as Superman. (Patrick Stewart also appears in this film and the 3 previous X-Men films, though his appearance is uncredited, with CGI used to make him appear younger, as was used in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).)
Patrick Stewart plays Xavier in an uncredited role at the end of the film. The scene is shot on the grounds of Hatley Castle, Victoria, BC the original location of the Mutant school in X-Men 2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Tim Pocock (Scott Summers - Cyclops) describes this film as Scott's big transition moment, when Scott goes from a troubled teenager to a leader in the span of the film.
Patrick Stewart's cameo at the end of the film was actually shot in London against a green screen.
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Body count: 88.
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