It's hard to believe that 40 years ago, the world was introduced to a new comic book hero named wolverine. 14 years ago, Hugh Jackman clawed his way to the top of the box office playing wolverine in... See More
It's hard to believe that 40 years ago, the world was introduced to a new comic book hero named wolverine. 14 years ago, Hugh Jackman clawed his way to the top of the box office playing wolverine in the original "X men" film. He's back, seventh time, for "X men sc men: Days of future fast." We have you and the cast of "Dancing with the stars." I thought you were going to say, 40 years ago, Hugh Jackman wasn't even born. I thought about that. I thought about that. When you think about how you came to this role, Hugh, to begin with, it was supposed to go to another actor. But -- It did go. But he was too busy. He was on "Mission impossible 2." And something went with the schedule. Actually, my first audition to the last one was about nine months. I auditioned. Got a fair way up the chain. And it was the producer who grabbed my tape out of one of those bins somewhere and said, remember this guy? I got lucky. And now, you're playing it for a seventh time. And when you think about where you were there. Where you are now. And what you bring to the role. And people had to remember, this was a bit of a gamble. Comic books, they're hot now in movies. But it wasn't that way back then. We had finished filming. And I came to L.A. My agent said you should come to L.A. And go auditions. Another friend in the business said, I would book another job, I don't think this is going anywhere. There was no comic book genre. I can't believe that 14 years later, this one feels fresher than ever. It is fresher than ever. It's beautiful how you bring back the cast from the original trilogy, with the new cast members and blend them together like this. Let's take a look. Pretty strong for a scrawny kid. Are you sure there's not a little beast in you? Come on, beasty. Hey. I said the school's closed. You need to leave. Not until I see the professor. There's no professor here. I told you that. Look, kid, you and I are going to be good friends. You just don't know it yet. The beast going down like that. When you were here last time, you were talking about the young whippersnappers. You're keeping up with them. That's proof you can keep up with them. You and me. What do you want me to do? I'm doing my best. I do complain, 3:30 in the morning, when I get up to -- I can still hang with them. You really had to go into training for this. We see a lot of you. That's a good point. We see a lot of you. People say, had you trained for 2 1/2 hours a day, if you know on may 23rd, you're going to be in a 3D cinema 40 foot high naked, great incentive. That was the motivation. 3:30, I'm up. You're not going to move that date at all. You put that on the calendar and peaked at the right time. You have to be scientific about it. I not you would get ready in three weeks for a role like this. It takes more like six months. Particularly, at my age now. I prepare. And I'm very, very scientific about the dates. They talk about the Jackman effect. You make everybody just really bring something extra to the table. But we love so many things about you. You are a renaissance man. A song and dance man. On film and on Broadway. And so happy you're coming back. Me, too. For the tonys. June 8th. Going to be there at the tonys. I'm very excited about that. I had hosted them before. But it's been a little while. It's the greatest celebration I know. That night is just a party from beginning to end. And the great thing about it, if you don't see the Broadway shows, you get to see the best that night. How do you prep for something like that? You have to be on. You are bringing all of those shows to us. I started two or three months ago. The thing about the shows is a lot of it happens once the nominations come out. I was there that morning. We were there. And just making sure. Now, I'm in full mode. And you never know -- There's another way to prep. During press. Make sure you're always dancing. We're going to be dancing here. You should stick around. Sometimes we even pull George into dancing. I hear he's a wonderful dancer. He's an excellent dancer. And I hear he's going to do a little solo today. 20 seconds, George? You're going to pay for that so many times over. He says you're going to pay for that. It is always great. You are a dear, dear friend of ours. We appreciate that. "X men: Days of future past" opens nationwide on Friday. Coming up, the final four couples from "Dancing with the
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