excerpt from ShortList interview with Hugh Jackman:
ShortList.com: Were you a big comic book fan as a kid?
Hugh Jackman: Not at all, no. When I got the audition… there’s this rock band in Australia called the Uncanny X-Men, and Brian Mannix was the lead singer. And I was like, “They want me to play Brian Mannix?” I had no idea about it. Then I read [Wolverine comic] ‘Snikt!’, and his claws come out and they had all these words for it and they say, “Wolverine all of a sudden explodes into a beserker rage,” and I’m like, “Is this English? What is this?” It was all new to me. Since then I’ve realised how incredible, how artistic and how brilliant they are. [X-Men director] Bryan Singer wouldn’t allow us to read any of the comic books, he banned them from being on set. The producer Tom DeSanto used to slip me them under the door, though, which was great. And actually they’re brilliant – the storylines, the dialogue, and the physicality, and how in four or five frames they can describe an entire mind or emotional attitude. I got a lot from that, actually. I copied quite a bit from the artists, about how I play the role physically.