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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 pound 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 forty pounds, 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."
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, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. In the comics, he participates in World War I and World War II, even teaming up with Captain America in the latter.
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.
A "Deadpool" movie had been in the works since 2004, with David S. Goyer directing and starring Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. Reynolds himself had dreamt of playing Deadpool, and when he heard Deadpool was given a place in the script, he immediately approached the filmmakers for the role.
Hugh Jackman expressed disappointment over this film, admitting it fell short of his expectations, and did not do the character of Wolverine justice. Subsequently he and the rest of the crew sought to do a better job with The Wolverine (2013).
(at around 1h 30 mins) 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.
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 while 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).
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.
(at around 14 mins) 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."
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.
The film takes place in 1845, the 1860s, the 1910s, 1944, 1973 and 1979.
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 jokes made about it.
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.
(at around 45 mins) 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 novel "The Lord of the Rings".
Brian Cox was interested in reprising his role as William Stryker from X2 (2003), using the digital skin-grafting visual effects used in the last film, on Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen. The filmmakers thought it would be easier and cheaper to cast a younger actor instead, and hired Danny Huston.
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.
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.
Originally, Deadpool was only going to cameo, but the role grew after Ryan Reynolds was cast.
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).
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.
This is the first time Gambit appears in an X-Men franchise film. He was planned to make appearances in the previous films, but was always cut out.
Every Friday throughout the film's production, Hugh Jackman gave out lottery tickets to everyone on-set. Unfortunately, nobody ever won.
Will.i.am accidentally punched the camera while filming a fight scene and scarred his knuckles.
Hugh Jackman earned 25 million dollars for the film.
Michael C. Hall was considered for the role of William Stryker.
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).
The old couple Logan befriends are named Travis and Heather Hudson. These are the civilian names of Guardian and Vindicator, the leaders of the Canadian superhero group Alpha Flight (in the comics however Guardian's name is James MacDonald Hudson); this represents their role in the comics, where they had befriended Wolverine and he had become a member of Alpha Flight for some time.
On-screen brothers Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber are good friends in real-life.
The Blob suit went through six months of modifications, and had a tubing system inside to cool Kevin Durand down with ice water.
Scott Adkins doubles 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 several months later, when he was in-between projects.
Gambit's portrayal in this film is inspired by his "Ultimate X-Men" version, where he was a retired thief, and has a Cajun accent.
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.
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.
Hugh Jackman collaborated with the writers on the script, as he wanted the film to be a character piece, compared to the other films in the franchise.
Liev Schreiber describes Sabretooth as the most monstrous role he has ever played.
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."
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.
(at around 1 min) In James Howlett's bedroom a picture of a wolverine can be seen, foreshadowing his mutation and later title.
For the scenes where Wolverine gets infused with adamantium, Hugh Jackman effectively spent two days underwater.
Bryan Singer revealed that Kayla's sister Emma is not Emma Frost.
In a Q & 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.
Gavin Hood and top 20th Century 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.
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.
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 enhanced gun fire and marksman abilities, and he is also shown being capable of moving faster and jumping higher than a normal human.
After Logan receives his Adamantium claws, he runs, naked, through the facility to freedom. In an interview, Hugh Jackman stated that during one of the takes, several female crew were waiting around a corner, cheering and waving one dollar bills as he ran by.
Karl Urban and Gerard Butler were both considered for the part of Victor Creed.
Although a link has been established between Logan and Victor in the comics, this is the first time they've been connected as brothers.
Controversy arose as the Queenstown Lakes District Council disputed the Department of Labour's decision to allow 20th Century 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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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.
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'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.
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.
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: First Class (2011), The Wolverine (2013), and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
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.
Throughout the film, Logan wears a brown and yellow motorcycle jacket. In the comics, Wolverine wore a brown and yellow costume.
Gavin Hood wanted to make Wolverine suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder from his Army years, but 20th Century Fox vetoed the idea, as too heavy a theme for a comic-book film.
According to David Benioff, the script was influenced by the Wolverine-centered comics "Wolverine" (1982), "Weapon X" (1991) and "Origin" (2001); the latter being Benioff's favorite comic.
The film was delayed by weather and Hugh Jackman's commitments with Australia (2008).
Although Will.i.am initially did not get along 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.
This is the first film to be produced by Hugh Jackman and John Palermo's new production company, Seed Productions.
Production went into difficulties due to creative conflicts between Gavin Hood and the studio. Richard Donner, Lauren Shuler Donner's husband, had to fly to the set to ease tensions.
Bryan Singer (who directed X-Men (2000) and X2 (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.
Will.i.am's first acting role.
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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In some scenes, Wolverine's claws were created through computer graphics imagery, since the props being used in those scenes looked obvious.
Hugh Jackman recommended Gavin Hood as director, noting parallels between Logan and the hero of Hood's previous film, Tsotsi (2005).
Screenwriter David Benioff, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Kevin Durand, and Daniel Henney are fans of the "X-Men" comics.
Composer Harry Gregson-Williams used stanzas from an ancient Norse poem to underscore the theme "Logan Through Time."
The characters depicted in this movie are the result of three generations of X-Men creators:
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.
The Fast and Furious and X-Men franchises have often released the same installments of a franchise in the same year. X2 (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: First Class (2011) and Fast Five (2011) (2011) and The Wolverine (2013) and 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.
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.
Maggie Q was considered for the role of Kayla Silverfox.
In the comics, David North uses the alias of "Maverick". However, he has also used the alias "Agent Zero" in recent times.
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, Ontario, and couldn't be present for filming.
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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."
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 was later cast as a young Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
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(at around 50 mins) The brown and yellow leather jacket given to Logan by the old couple (Travis and Heather Hudson) is the same jacket he's wearing in the bar fight scene near the beginning of X-Men (2000) and is a nod to Wolverine's brown and yellow costume from the 1980's.
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It was originally reported that Dominic Monaghan was going to play Barnell Bohusk/Beak.
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Taylor Kitsch (Gambit) and Lynn Collins (Silver Fox) appear in John Carter (2012).
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Skip Woods re-wrote David Benioff's script after Gavin Hood was hired.
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Features two actors from the Australian television 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, with whom Logan works. The two play brothers on McLeod's Daughters (2001).
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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 versus humans segregation. He was particularly keen on concentrating on the personal angle to the film, instead of all the pyrotechnics.
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More than one thousand shots have visual effects in them, which required three Visual Effects Supervisors and seventeen different companies to work on the film. The most prominent was Hydraulx, who had also worked on the first three X-Men films, and was responsible for the battle in Three Mile Island, and Gambit's powers.
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Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) director Edgar Wright was originally approached for the role of Bolt, but he declined, claiming he did so because he simply wasn't an actor.
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The New Orleans set is the same set that was used (though slightly reconfigured) as the fire escape outside Demi Moore's apartment in St. Elmo's Fire (1985).
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Gavin Hood gave pictures of favelas (Brazilian shantytowns) to visual effects company Hatch Productions, to assist the company in developing accurate matte-paintings for the Africa scenes.
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As a child, Liev Schreiber loved the Wolverine comics because of their unique "urban sensibility".
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Gavin Hood detailed that during shooting in Australia, script pages would be sent from Los Angeles, California, at times in the night, prior to them being filmed.
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James Vanderbilt and Scott Silver both did uncredited re-writes on the screenplay.
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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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Scott Porter auditioned for the role of Gambit.
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David Harbour revealed that he auditioned for the Blob but didn't get it and joked that he was too fat for the part.
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Both Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds have been named "People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive". Jackman was named for 2008. Reynolds was named in 2010. Additionally, Reynolds was also named "Sexiest DAD alive" in 2016.
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The closing credits run for seven 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.


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: 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 wisecracking 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....").
(at around 1h 10 mins) 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).
(at around 1h 35 mins) 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.
With this film, Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart became the second and third actors to play a comic book hero in four consecutive films. The first was Christopher Reeve as Superman.
Sir 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, British Columbia, the original location of the Mutant school in X2 (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.
Body count: 88.
The final scene (a destroyed Three Mile Island) was achieved with five different matte-paintings.
(at around 44 mins) When Logan/Wolverine escapes from the lab after obtaining his adamantium claws, he escapes by clawing through a wall. The shape in which he claws through the wall is in the form of an X. This is a complete foreshadowing of him joining the X-Men.
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