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Loosely adapted from the Old Man Logan comics, Logan has a grittier tone than the other X-Men movies, with R-rated violence like Deadpool. And according to Ain’t It Cool‘s Eric Vespe, Hugh Jackman took a pay cut to make that rating happen.
Director James Mangold revealed this news over the weekend, at a screening for early footage from the movie. Like Ryan Reynolds’ creative role in Deadpool, this sounds like another example of star power getting things done behind the scenes.
An R rating reduces the potential box office result for any movie, so if Hugh Jackman had demanded his full price, the studio might have aimed for a PG-13 rating instead.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor