Sir Patrick Stewart lost 21 pounds to play Charles Xavier as elderly and sick. Stewart claimed that he had a steady weight since he was a teenager and had never deliberately lost weight before. Hugh Jackman genuinely held Stewart in all the scenes of Wolverine carrying professor Xavier.
When Laura and Charles are watching Shane (1954), Charles mentions remembering seeing the film as a child in his hometown. This was entirely improvised by Sir Patrick Stewart, because Shane was one of the first memories he had at the theater as a child.
This is the last film in which Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine. He has cited his age and his skin cancer as factors in him retiring from the role. He also said that having a discussion with Jerry Seinfeld played a part in retiring the character, as Jerry talked generally about how he wanted to make sure he never got to a point with his television show where audiences were weary of seeing it anymore, saying, "oh, it's you again." Jackman felt fortunate to have avoided this for Wolverine and wanted to ensure it never happened.
James Mangold stated that the film is set in 2029 to avoid any conflict with the time line established in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), but that his goal was to make a stand alone film, that was not bound to continuing previous storylines, or setting up sequels.
In the UK, the first wide release showing of this film was at the unusual time of 10:23 p.m., rather than the usual midnight showing for a major release. This is a reference to the film including the character of X-23. X is the Roman numeral for 10.
According to James Mangold allowing the film to be R-rated was important, not so much for violent content, but for style: "For me, what was most interesting in getting the studio to okay an R-rating was something entirely different. They suddenly let go of the expectation that this film is going to play for children, and when they let go of that, you are free in a myriad of ways. The scenes can be longer. Ideas being explored in dialogue or otherwise can be more sophisticated. Storytelling pace can be more poetic, and less built like attention-span-deficit theater."
In the film's early stages of development, the character of Victor Creed (Sabretooth), Logan's mutant half brother, was meant to make an appearance, with Liev Schreiber reprising his role from X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
The trailer includes the Johnny Cash cover of "Hurt" by Trent Reznor. James Mangold directed the Johnny Cash biopic, and_Walk the Line (2005)_. When asked why he chose the song for the trailer he said, "It was to set itself apart from other superhero movies". He has revealed that Logan will have a more "human" feel to it, as it focuses on an old and hurting Logan in the future, where the mutants are dying off.
It was believed that after the success of Deadpool (2016), 20th Century Fox decided to aim for an R-rating for this film, unlike the other Wolverine movies. However, it was confirmed in an interview with X-Men Producer Simon Kinberg that this was not the case, and the R-rating was always going to happen.
Stephen Merchant announced his participation in the film, by posting an Instagram picture, which showed him with a freshly-shaven bald head, and having a "Wolverine 3" tagline, though the post did not mention his character's name, or any other specifics about his role. Later footage and notes revealed he is a kind-hearted mutant named Caliban, who is taking care of an aging and very ill Professor Charles Xavier.
Sabretooth was originally going to have a small role, where he helps Wolverine, X-23, and Professor X when they arrive in Oklahoma. There was also going to be a scene where Logan encounters a kind of "Underground Railroad" for mutants, which might have had a cameo from a well known character. Both scenes were removed, because the team behind the film didn't want to have an abundance of cameos, or mutants in the film.
Although the action takes place in 2029, all the vehicles seen are relatively recent years models. Exceptions are the modified Chrysler 300 limousine (identified as a 2024 model) used in the first third of the film and the early '70s Ford Bronco used in the final third.
James Mangold said that Hugh Jackman took a salary cut, because he wanted to do an R-rated movie. This pay cut, and the success of Deadpool (2016), was what convinced the producer to do an R-rated movie.
Professor Xavier's Psionic blast was done by shooting shaky footage and then re-stabilizing the frame in post. Resulting a footage containing strange motion blur with smearing effect, that is both organic and very unusual. The team shot the sequences slightly wider than was needed so that shots could be blown up to hide the edges of the stabilizing effect.
'Patrick Stewart' claimed that much of the dialogue in the dinner table scene in which Logan and Charles Xavier tell the family about the school for mutants, was improvised by the actors at the request of director James Manhold after having filmed takes of scripted dialogue.
All the shots of Laura in the Casino were shot green screen. Underage actress Dafne Keen who was plays Laura was 11 year old at the time of filming, was not allowed inside the Casino, even with all the correct shooting permits. So body doubled Cheramie Martin, who is over 18, but of a similar build to Keen, was used in all Casino sequence, with digital head replacements. Few shots from behind Laura in the casino are actually Cheramie herself.
The red band trailer was actually a unofficially released trailer, with the added bonus of a grainy clip of Wolverine/Logan stabbing a man in the head. The grainy clip was a small clip that was still being rendered, with no polished and fully rendered CGI.
In the scene where Charles tells Logan that they will come for him at the Statue of Liberty, Logan mistakes it for the end battle in the original X Men, but the hotel where Logan meets Laura for the first time is called the Liberty.
Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt is used on the first trailer for Logan. Lyrics from the original Nine Inch Nails version were printed on the cover to the script draft for X-23: Innocence Lost, which detailed X-23's origin story.
The coordinates to Eden (48.9770333, -102.155491) really do lead to a spot in North Dakota. According to the film, Eden is roughly 6 miles east of Northgate, ND and 7 miles south of the Canadian border in the Des Lacs National Wildlife Reserve.
Professor Xavier's Psionic blast initially was conceived as a huge pulse of energy, much more akin to the kind of superhero powers seen in other films. But director James Mangold was against that treatment, he wanted keeping everything much more naturalistic. So Vfx supervisor Chas Jarrett evolved the idea from the initial pulse wave idea, into a mind control field that caused people to become immobile. Unable to move and breathe or function properly, the psionic blast would eventually kill those around him.
Despite James Mangold having previously directed the Johnny Cash bio-pic Walk the Line (2005), he claimed that he did not know Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" would be used in the trailer, until the completed trailer was shown to him.
It is a distinct possibility that due to multiple timelines and the fact that Wolverine's future cosciousness enters his younger body in Days of Future Past; that the Logan seen in the film is living with memories from 3 separate lifetimes (the original X-men timeline, the altered timeline from Days of Future Past, and whatever details of his life may have changed between the 1970's and 2029 due to the past being changed)
Second film in the X-Men franchise to use a Jim Croce song, specifically "I Got A Name" (playing in the convenience store when Laura is shoplifting). The previous was "Time In A Bottle" in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), during Quicksilver's slow-motion sequence.
In the medical file for Rictor, the DNA donor name listed is Dominic Petros. In the comics Dominic Petros is the name of the villain Avalanche who although not related, has similar powers to Rictor both in the comic and movie.
The shot where Logan is running through the forest trees to kill attacking bad guys or "reavers" at the end of the film was nicknamed 'Logan's Run' by the VFX production team. What seems like one long shot of Logan running and impaling a bad guy on a tree is actually four separate takes of different stunt guys running, combined with head and neck replacements, digital claws, background fix up and CG gore.
In the film he is dying of Adamantium poisoning his body. Due to his healing abilities, his body was able to fight the poison but, it was still slowly killing him, which is what caused him to age. So his body can't even keep up with the weight of the metal, to the point where he can no longer walk properly.
Director James Mangold confirmed that he wanted to release the Blu-ray of movie in Black and White color format, just like director George Miller did something similar with his chrome version of Mad Max: Fury Road. He later reveal that the idea started after seeing Jackman's B&W location photographs during production stages.
VFX Supervisor Chas Jarrett who had not worked with director James Mangold before, said he suddenly understand the director during the pre-production discussion of the 'Desert escape'. At one stage Logan had to drive through the fence just being knocked down. James Mangold just stopped him saying. 'No no they cant get through, everyone will expect that - it would be a A-team moment' referring to the 70s TV show 'A-team. 'Everyone thinks that they will just knock through it - but they cant, they just can't'. This was later developed into the movie action sequence.
At one point in the film, Xavier and Laura are watching the classic Western Shane (1953). Shane was played by Alan Ladd, whose son, Alan Ladd, Jr. was president of 20th Century Fox in the 1970s (He is personally responsible for green-lighting the original "Star Wars" film). 20th Century Fox produced all of the X-Men films.
At one point, Professor X tells Logan "They're waiting for you at The Statue of Liberty" and Logan responds "The Statue of Liberty was a long time ago" This is a reference to the events in X-Men (2000)
On the back wall of Nate Munson's bedroom, several "deathcore" posters can be seen quite clearly. Deathcore is a sub-genre of heavy metal (a combination of "death metal" and "hardcore"), while the boy himself appears to be listening to pop/rap music on his headset in the very same scene. The bands in question are All Shall Perish, Dr. Acula, and Suicide Silence.
An interesting parallel to the first X-Men movie is made in the opening scene. In the first X-Men movie, the first time that we see Wolverine use his claws is when he cuts a shotgun in half after it was pressed against the back of his head. In Logan, the first time that we see Wolverine use his claws is when he cuts a man's arm off after he presses a shotgun to the back of his head.
According to one of the files attained from the lab, one of the children was the specimen derived from "Christopher Bradley", a former cohort of Logan's from X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) (played by Dominic Monaghan) under the alias "Bolt", which explains the child's ability to summon and manipulate electricity.
In the scenes where Charles Xavier suffers from his seizures, Hugh Jackman did not act as if he was being pushed away. Instead, he was held back by a rope pulled by two men in order to give a more realistic portrayal of being restrained.
The film is based on the X-men storylines "Old Man Logan" (an aging Logan sets out for one last adventure), "Mutant Massacre" (mutants being slaughtered), "X-23" (Wolverine encounters a female infant clone of himself pursued by her creators), and "The Death of Wolverine" (a dying Wolverine has a last adventure).
In the credits, the words "Alpha Flight" appears in camera units. Alpha Flight happens to be the Canadian mutant superhero group that's located above North Dakota. This group is possibly the ones communicating to the kids at Eden.
Although X-24 is a genetic clone of Logan, and is also played by Hugh Jackman, his look, hair, and facial hair greatly resemble Sabertooth's from X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), who was portrayed by Liev Schreiber.
It is unclear exactly which timeline this particular film is a part of. The after credits scene of X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and the inclusion of Caliban would suggest this film being part of the reestablished timeline set by X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). However, events from both X-Men (2000) and The Wolverine (2013) are brought up, events that would have never taken place as a result of the new timeline. Director James Mangold has admitted to ignoring the multiple timelines in order to tell the story he needed to tell.
The line of "Go fuck yourself" that Charles says to Logan when he first enters the tower he is keeping Charles in is the same line Logan said to young Charles (played by James McAvoy) in his cameo in X-Men, First Class.
On her dossier it says that Laura has type O negative blood. This is a red herring as O negative blood is the universal donor meaning anyone can accept her blood and suggests that she might be able to save a dying compatriot by using a blood transfusion. Wolverine has done this successfully when Leech was dying in X-Men the animated series.
When Logan is looking through the folder. One of the names mentioned is Christopher Bradley. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Chris Bradley, played by Dominic Monaghan, was part of the Weapon X team, along with Logan.
The Munson family being murdered by X-24 in their farmhouse after taking in Logan, Charles Xavier, and Laura was similar to how the old couple were killed in their farmhouse in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) shortly after meeting Logan.
Though far from a traditional X-Men film, there is still plenty of imagery using the letter X. When Wolverine is injured in a battle, the blood on his forehead takes on an X shape. Likewise, at the end of the film, when the cross on his grave is laid on its side, it resembles the letter X from the audience's point of view.
During the movie, Logan carries an adamantium revolver bullet with him. When asked about it by Laura - a.k.a. X-23 -, he tells her that he got it "a long time ago". If he in fact got it during the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) (from William Stryker's revolver, since he left one bullet unused in it after shooting five towards Wolverine, two of them in the head), then it's a mismatch from the original. In "Origins", Striker clearly shows them as armor-piercing ammunition (conical shape), and coincides with the wounds inflicted to Wolverine when shot; the bullet shown in "Logan", on the other hand, is an expansive one (truncated, hollow-point cone shape), and also coincides with the wound inflicted to X-24 when Laura shoots him, basically blowing part of his head off.
Professor Xavier mentions the events that took place in X-Men (2000). This hints that the film does not take place in the reset timeline that was established in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Deadpool (2016) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
Charles tells Logan that he's been communicating with a new mutant, mentioning that someone would be waiting at the Statue of Liberty for Logan, and that the villains were chasing after him like fools. Logan brushes it off as a memory from their first adventure together in the first X-Men (2000) film. However, it is soon revealed in the film that Laura, a.k.a. X-23, is hiding out at a motel with a sign reading "Liberty Motel", showcasing the Statue of Liberty behind the name. Along with this, Laura, who is a genetic clone of Logan, is being chased down by the antagonist of the film, making Charles' statement both a foreshadowing and a call back to the original film.
In the 'Death of Wolverine' comic arc. Wolverine is poisoned due to adamantium, being a heavy metal, retaining radiation from the Nagasaki nuclear bomb, which he was present for. In Logan, he is slowly being poisoned by his skeleton for unrevealed reasons, possibly the same ones.
Hugh Jackman originally didn't want Logan's death in the movie.He wanted an ending similar to the movie _Unforgiven (1992)_, story of an assassin can't just leave behind that lifestyle and the film concludes with assassin killing numerous more people but surviving himself. He introduced the idea of an Unforgiven-esque ending to director James Mangold during Logan's development but was dismissed. He wanted Logan dying to X-24 - the younger version of himself, was something "interesting on numerous psychological levels".
Almost all the scenes involving X24 (the clone of Logan) was played by actor/stunt artist Eddie Davenport, which was digitally replaced by Hugh Jackman's CGI head, and later voiced by Jackman. At one stage Jackman saw a test comp of his digital head on Eddie's stunt performance as X24. Hugh jokingly liked that Eddie's arms were a bit more buffed, as he got to have bigger arms in the movie without the extra training.
In The Wolverine (2013), the mutant Yukio possesses the ability to see someone's death. For Wolverine's, she says she sees blood everywhere, and that he is holding his own heart but it is not beating. In the movie, he cuts into his chest and removes a heart parasite, this is assumed to be what Yukio was referring to. In Logan, he dies impaled on a tree, explaining the blood, and he dies holding the hand of his daughter, explaining him holding his heart. (Confirmes by James Mangold)
Logan waking up and find himself in the children's hideout in North Dakota and the children cutting his beard is a plausible nod to Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome (1985) which Max (Played in that movie by Mel Gibson) wakes up in the crack in the earth when he is rescued by a tribe of children and they cut his hair short.
Some fans have noted that Dafne Keen, X-23, bears a resemblance to the actor, Evan Peters, who plays Quicksilver in the two newest X-men films. This resemblance has led to internet memes and theories that she is actually Quicksilver's daughter, rather than an altered clone of Logan.
The main title song is played three times in the film. Once in the beginning when we're seeing the old Logan. The second time is when Logan meets Gabrielle at the motel, and a third time after Xavier dies.
The adamantium round Logan carries with him is a .44 magnum. The bullet itself is called an "Xtreme Penetrator" and is shaped like an X. During the scene of Charles's burial, Logan has blood on the right side of his forehead in the shape of an X. At the end of the film, when Laura shoots X-24 with the adamantium bullet, it strikes him in the left side of his head.
At the beginning of the movie Professor Xavier is rambling on incoherently and starts rattling off Taco Bell advertising copy. This oddly ties into the movie's actual plot. The characters start off hiding in Mexico while Taco Bell serves Mexican fast food. And while not one of the things Xavier says, for years Taco Bell's slogan was "Make a run for the border". The climax of the film involves a number of characters running to cross the US border, not into Mexico but into Canada.