Hugh Jackman was directed by Bryan Singer in three “X-Men” films (four if you count the actor’s brief cameo in “X-Men: Apocalypse”). In the years since the two worked together, the singer has been accused of sexual misconduct by several men. Has the singer’s alleged behavior tainted Jackman’s view of the franchise that made him a star? “You know, it’s a really, really complicated question,” Jackman told the Guardian in a new interview.
“There’s a lot at stake,” Jackman said. “‘X-Men’ was the turning point, I believe, in terms of comic-book movies and I think there’s a lot to be proud of. And certainly questions should be asked and I think they should be asked. But I guess I I don’t know how to answer nicely. I think it’s complicated and I look back with pride at what we’ve finally achieved and the momentum we’ve started.”
In addition to sexual misconduct allegations, the singer has also faced allegations of inappropriate on-set behavior from the “X-Men” cast. Halle Berry, who played Storm opposite Jackman’s Wolverine in the franchise, said diversity 2020 that “Brian’s not the easiest friend to work with. I mean, everybody’s heard the story…I used to get very angry with him at times. I got into a few fights with him, said a few cuss words out of sheer frustration. When I work , I’m serious about that. And when it’s compromised, I get a little nasty.”
When asked about reports of Singer’s behavior on set, Jackman replied, “It was my first movie in America, you have to understand; It was all so new to me. I think it’s fair to say….there are some stories, you know… I think there are ways to be on set that wouldn’t happen now. And I think things have changed for the better.”
In his interview with The Guardian, Jackman would talk about Singer, though he added the industry at large, “has a low tolerance for disrespect, marginalization, bullying, any kind of oppressive behavior. Now there’s zero tolerance for it and people will speak up, and I think that’s great.”
Jackman will return as Wolverine when “Deadpool 3” goes into production this year, but Bryan Singer will not be involved in any capacity.