Hugh Jackman Took a Pay Cut to Make Sure 'Logan' Would Be Rated 'R'

Monday, 12 December 2016 - 1:37PM
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Monday, 12 December 2016 - 1:37PM
Hugh Jackman Took a Pay Cut to Make Sure 'Logan' Would Be Rated 'R'
We've covered the ongoing Deadpool-Wolverine feud in the past, but Logan gave Ryan Reynolds another reason to be insufferably smug: Deadpool proved that an R-rated superhero movie could not only work, but break records and get nominated for a Golden Globe for 'Best Picture'. Logan, Hugh Jackman's swan song for Wolverine, probably wouldn't be sporting that R-rating without Deadpool. But apparently one other thing had to happen to make sure the R-rating was approved by the studio: a pay cut for Jackman himself.

According to ScreenRant, James Mangold spoke to audiences during a recent press screening and said that Jackman volunteered to receive less money for his work on the movie to make sure that the studio was comfortable with the adult rating. The reason is simple: superhero movies have always tried to appeal to a wide range of ages, but an R-rating almost inevitably limits the audience and the profits. R-rated movies generally mean less people come to theaters, either because they're spooked by the graphic content or because their clever three-kids-in-a-trench-coat disguise was discovered before they could buy a ticket. When you're paid as much as Jackman, taking a pay cut in the millions can actually ensure that the movie remains profitable despite lower attendance.

We've been immensely impressed by Logan so far, and with another trailer on the way we're looking forward to learning more about Laura (aka X-23) and Dr. Zander Rice (who was recently revealed), as well as getting another insight into Wolverine's melancholy final chapter. Ryan Reynolds recently said that despite all the joking around he's still serious about getting Wolverine and Deadpool in the same movie, but we're not sure if we want to see Jackman snik out his claws after this—some things are better laid to rest. Either way, we're glad Jackman and the team stayed committed to their vision for Logan and went for the big 'R'—we can't wait for March to come around.

Logan hits US theaters on March 3rd, 2017.
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