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Hugh Jackman should hang up his claws: Variety report

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Influential Hollywood entertainment magazine Variety says it's time for Hugh Jackman to hang up his Wolverine claws and focus on other roles.

The call comes with the release of Jackman's latest movie, the critically acclaimed Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve.

Also starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, Jackman plays a distraught father whose daughter is abducted.

Variety film editor Ramin Setoodeh argues that Jackman's career has never been in better shape but he risks being typecast by the Wolverine/X-Men series, in which he recently had his sixth outing.

The Golden Globe winner is also due to reprise the role next year in X-Men Days of Future Past, despite less than stellar box office taking for this year's The Wolverine.

“All of which leads to a bigger question: Is Wolverine now a liability for Hugh Jackman's career?” asks Setoodeh.


“Wolverine has been both a blessing and curse for Jackman. The Marvel comic book character was the role that put the unknown Australian actor on the map ... but it also typecast him.”

Jackman has spent more time playing Wolverine than Daniel Radcliffe devoted to the role of Harry Potter.

“Unlike Batman or Superman, Wolverine just isn't that deep. Jackman has already explored all the various depths — and more — with the character,” says Setoodeh.

“It's time to retire those claws.”

Meanwhile, Jackman is set to received a lifetime achievement award at the San Sebastian film festival, which opens today.

The 44-year-old will collect the Spanish festival's Donostia Award - the Basque name for the coastal city San Sebastian - on Friday just before Prisoners is screened.

In announcing the award, festival directors called Jackman “one of the most versatile actors of our time.”

Past winners of the award include Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffmann.

With AFP