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Jackman to pass Wolverine baton

Hugh Jackman has said he would be happy to pass on the role of Wolverine to a younger actor.

Hugh is playing the X-Man for the fifth time in new film The Wolverine, and will play him again next year in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which features younger versions of the mutants.

Hugh said: "Wolverine is like Bond. These roles are greater than I am as an actor. It will always live on and outlive me. It'll be passed on, and I'll be in the old people's home, showing my old movies and telling anyone who will listen that I was much better than whoever is playing it now.

"In all seriousness, it's the way it should be. I would be sad to think if I stopped playing it, Wolverine wouldn't be seen. It's too good a part."

But the 44-year-old actor also insisted he has not tired of the role.

He said: You may find it surprising to hear, but I'm loving it and feeling rejuvenated by it. For me, and I'm well aware there's way greater powers at play than me and my decision, it's more about: Do I still have something to offer to it? Is there something different we can explore? Is there a reason to tell another story? Without that, I won't do it.

And he spoke of his enthusiasm about reuniting with the other original X-Men on Days of Future Past.

Hugh said: "I think (director) Bryan (Singer) really configured the image of comic book movies with that thing. Having him back is really exciting.

"The first month of shooting was literally all the old actors all together. It was like a reunion, and then all of a sudden it shifted, and in came this younger ensemble of incredible actors (from X-Men: First Class). I just get to be there every day working opposite all of them."

Hugh spoke before surprising hundreds of cinema goers when he dropped in unexpectedly at a preview screening of The Wolverine at the Empire cinema, where the UK premiere took place.

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