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At Least He's Not Wearing Yellow Spandex

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | August 17, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | August 17, 2010 |

Hugh Jackman gained 30 lbs of muscle for Wolverine 2, but then lost it in order to star in Real Steel. Because in a movie about a robot boxing league, the dad being built like a freight train would have broken the suspension of disbelief. So, the next film Jackman was slated to film was Avon Man, which is on IMDB with this plot summary:

An unemployed car dealer relies on his charm, good looks and sales skills to hawk cosmetics door-to-to and becoming a top selling “Avon Lady”.

That doesn’t necessarily sound like the worst movie ever made, if only because Jackman made the first Wolverine film. Yeah, so Jackman decided to skip that and hit the gym for the next three months instead so that he can star in Wolverine 2, which has this synopsis:

Wolverine travels to Japan to train with a samurai warrior.

Really? That’s not a movie’s plot synopsis, that’s the abbreviated episode description for a twenty minute Saturday morning cartoon. At the end of it, an animated Wolverine explains to kids how to stand up to bullies and to never ever get a ride with the ice cream man after dark. Of course, that’s nothing official, just IMDB, so given the way the last film in the series went, it’s probably sure to get much much worse.

Hugh Jackman should get some sort of Christopher Reeve memorial award for the way he has owned the character of Wolverine. If Wolverine 2 actually gets made, that’ll make five films in which he’s played the character over an eleven year period. And unlike just about every other superhero character out there, Wolverine never even enters the conversation as getting a new actor in a reboot. That’s one thing that Hugh Jackman can be proud of, even if the movies are getting worse and worse. He is Wolverine.

(source: Cinema Blend)

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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