Hugh Jackman Backtracks on Wolverine; Expects More Skin Cancer Treatment

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The actor who has played the Marvel mutant in every “X-Men” movie yet previously said he was “99.9 percent sure” the sequel to “The Wolverine” would be his last

“X-Men” fans can take a big breath of relief, because Hugh Jackman may have spoke too soon about giving up his claws after the next “Wolverine” movie.

“I think I might have overplayed my hand a little bit by saying I’m almost sure that the next one will be my last,” the 45-year-old actor told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Jackman was in Beijing promoting the seventh installment of the superhero franchise, “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” and also had another bandage on his nose from a recent skin cancer treatment.

“I’m realistic about the future and it’s more than likely that I’ll have at least one more but probably many more, which is not uncommon for an Aussie particularly from English stock growing up in Australia where I don’t remember ever being told to put sunscreen on,” Jackman said. “But the beauty of this is it’s all preventable, it’s just about getting proper check-ups. I can be typical man, a little lazy, I couldn’t be bothered and now I’m not lazy at all.”

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Jackman, who has portrayed Wolverine in every “X-Men” movie yet, revealed last November that he had been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common form of cancer in the country.

Just last month, Jackman told SFX Magazine that he’s “99.9 percent sure”  that the sequel to “The Wolverine” will be his last portrayal of the Marvel mutant.

“I still am very ambitious for the character. And tonally I feel like we corrected the ship with the last one. But I feel we can still go further, in a way,” Jackman said. “If I did another one I’m 99.9 percent sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me.”