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Hugh Jackman took a pay cut to make ‘Logan’ rated R

You can thank Hugh Jackman for your R-rated Wolverine movie.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Dec 12, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 9:59 am CDT

After one cataclysmically bad Wolverine movie and one slightly better attempt, Fox is hoping the third time’s the charm. Part of that plan involves Logan getting an R rating.

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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.

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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.

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*First Published: Dec 12, 2016, 10:09 am CST