Playing Wolverine has made seen Jackman rise to one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, but as he prepares to wave goodbye to the hirsute X-Man in next year’s solo outing he’s shown he’s not too big to forget the man who gave him his start.
In a touching parting gift to Bryan Singer, who first cast him in the role for 2000’s X-Men after Irish actor Stuart Townsend dropped out at the last minute, Jackman sent the director a signed comic book mock up of the two as Wolverine and Charles Xavier.
Signed with the caption “Dear Bryan, it all started with you, Bub! 199-2016! From the bottom of my heart, thank you.” Singer posted a snap of the gift on Instagram.
Since being cast, Jackman has appeared in eight movies as Wolverine, a mutant with indestructible metal claws who posses the ability to heal himself, most recently as a cameo in this year’s Apocalypse.
His last appearance will be in the as-yet-untitled final Wolverine film, which is due for release in March next year. It is believed to be a sequel to this years’ X-Men: Apocalypse with diabolical villain Mr Sinister (teased in a post credits scene of Apocalypse) set to be Wolverine’s antagonist.