Hugh Jackman claimed that there were behaviors on the sets of early X-Men movies that “wouldn’t happen now”, but believes that the industry has changed in a positive way.
The Hollywood star, 54, played Wolverine in the superhero franchise that was directed by Bryan Singer in its early installments.
In 2020, Halle Berry claimed to have clashed with Singer on the set of the 2014 X-Men film, Days of Future Past, telling Variety that the director “wasn’t the easiest guy to work with.”
In an interview with the Guardian, Australian actor Jackman spoke about his experiences filming the early X-Men movies, the first of which was released in 2000.
He said, “It was my first film in America, you have to understand; everything was so new to me.
“I think you could say that… there are some stories, you know. I think there are certain ways of being on set that wouldn’t be happening right now.
“And I think things have changed for the better.”
The actor added: “There is much less tolerance for disrespect, marginalization, bullying and any kind of oppressive behavior.
“Now there’s no tolerance for that and people will talk and I think that’s great.”
Filmmaker Singer has also faced accusations of sexual misconduct in recent years, which he has repeatedly and vehemently denied.
In a statement to Deadline in 2019, he said such reports “refresh claims from bogus lawsuits brought by people in disrepute who want to lie for money or attention.”
When asked if the allegations had damaged the way he views movies, Jackman said it was a “really complicated question”, explaining: “There are a lot of things at stake.
“X-Men was a turning point, I think, in terms of comics movies, and I think that’s something to be proud of.
“And there are certainly questions that need to be asked, and I think that they should be asked.”
He added: “But I don’t think I know how to answer that elegantly.
“I think it’s complicated, and ultimately I’m proud to look back on what we’ve achieved and what momentum it has started.”
Jackman has appeared in the X-Men film series and three Wolverine standalone films, the most recent being 2017’s Logan.
After a few years away from the role, it has been confirmed that he will reprise the character in Deadpool 3, which stars his close friend Ryan Reynolds.
Jackman claims he wasn’t “tortured” by the idea of leaving the character early, but said he agreed because he “just wanted to do it”, adding, “I could punch Ryan Reynolds any day.”
Singer representatives have been contacted for comment.