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.
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.
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.
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.
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) 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.
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."
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.
Dafne Keen (Laura) was 11 years old at the time of filming, and so was not allowed inside the Casino, even with all the correct shooting permits. So some shots were done with Keen on a green screen, and some scenes were shot in the actual casino with Keen;s body double Cheramie Martin, who is over 18, but of a similar build to Keen.
The trailer includes the Johnny Cash cover of "Hurt" by Trent Reznor. James Mangold directed the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line (2005); he however 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 X-Men (2000), but the hotel where Logan meets Laura for the first time is called the Liberty.
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.
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.
Sir Patrick Stewart claimed that much of the dialogue at 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 Mangold, after having filmed takes of scripted dialogue.
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.
James Mangold said that Hugh Jackman took a salary cut, because he wanted to do a R-rated movie. This pay cut, and the success of Deadpool (2016), was what convinced the producer to do an R-rated movie.
The red band trailer was actually an 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 can't get through, everyone will expect that - it would be a A-team moment' referring to the 80s unreal TV show The A-Team (1983). '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.
Patrick Stewart told interviewers before the film's premiere that this would "probably" be his last performance as Charles Xavier, and cryptically noted that regardless of what happened to him in the picture, nothing was impossible in science fiction. However, after sitting through the completed film with an audience he determined there would never be a better final impression, and he is retired from the role for good.
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.
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.
Hugh Jackman admitted to having two lingering regrets about retiring from the role of Logan/Wolverine: that he never appeared in an Avengers movie and that he never appeared in a Deadpool movie. Jackman said that had he known Deadpool (2016) was going to be such an enormous hit, and that his performance as Wolverine was a recurring gag in the movie, he might have postponed his retirement.
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.
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.
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.
Although the theme of death and disease is present throughout the film, the song "When the Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash also can be seen as a nod to two of the characters' past. In comic continuity, both Logan and Caliban were members of Apocalypse's Horsemen. Logan being Death and Caliban being both Death and Pestilence.
The song playing over the end credits, The Man Comes Around, and the one playing over the teaser trailer, Hurt, are both songs by Johnny Cash. Director James Mangold directed a film called Walk the Line, a biopic based off Cash's life.
Richard E. Grant (Dr. Rice) played a character (the Great Intelligence) on Doctor Who (2005). The Great Intelligence was also voiced in another episode by Sir Ian McKellen, who plays Magneto in other X-Men films.
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 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 Wolverine (2013) (also directed by James Mangold), Logan's travel companion Yukio predicted that Logan would die with his chest ripped open, and his heart in his hand. Although this ultimately didn't happen in The Wolverine, many fans point to the fact that she may have been predicting his death in Logan (2017): Wolverine laying down with his chest ripped open, holding the hand of his daughter (his flesh and blood, and therefore his symbolic 'heart'). Mangold later confirmed the notion via Twitter, although he did not reveal whether he deliberately planned this or made it up.
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 envisioned an ending similar to the movie Unforgiven (1992), the story of an assassin who just can't leave behind his violent lifestyle; that film concluded with the assassin killing numerous more people but surviving himself, forcing him to live on with this dark side of him. Howeverm director James Mangold was always committed to kill off Wolverine at the end. He convinced Jackman that Wolverine, who is plagued with immortality and a violent past, had finally deserved his peace in death. Mangold wanted Logan dying next to X-24 - the younger version of himself - as it was something "interesting on numerous psychological levels".
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.
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.
Logan waking up and finding himself in the children's hideout in North Dakota and the children cutting his beard is a homage to Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), which Max, a hero in a post-apocalyptic land, is rescued by a tribe of children and they cut his hair short.
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 Gabriela at the motel, and a third time after Xavier dies.
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.
After burying Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Logan's (Hugh Jackman) truck won't start and he beats it with a shovel, while screaming at it. This is very similar to a scene in Fawlty Towers where Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) beats his car with a sapling after it fails to start.