Hugh Jackman hangs up Wolverine's claws in Berlin

Australian actor Hugh Jackman attends a press conference for the film Logan at the Berlin Film Festival on Feb 17, 2017.
Australian actor Hugh Jackman attends a press conference for the film Logan at the Berlin Film Festival on Feb 17, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (REUTERS) - After 17 years of playing Wolverine, Australian actor Hugh Jackman said on Friday (Feb 17) that Logan is his last outing as the clawed mutant.

The actor was on the red carpet in Berlin where his film had its world premiere as part of the Berlin Film Festival.

He was joined by his co-stars Patrick Stewart - back as Professor X, and young newcomer Dafne Keen as well as director James Mangold.

Jackman, who recently revealed he had another skin cancer growth removed from his nose, told Reuters that this film was his last chance to ''put a stamp on the character'' we first saw on the big screen in 2000.

"I don't think I could have made this movie if I didn't know it was the last. I think going in knowing there were no second chances, this was my last chance to really put a stamp on the character that I have lived with, that I've loved for all these years, I don't think this movie would have been possible," Jackman said.

Although the film is not competing for a main prize at the Berlinale, Logan is showing in the main selection. While it is a superhero movie, director James Mangold said he took the genre in a new direction.

''Well I think that comic book films in general have started to become a bit of a formula that we all can predict - you know - who is the big villain, the little button scene at the end, the team comes together, they take it on, they make a plan, they get foiled and, you know, it's fun," he said.

"But in some ways it's our job as filmmakers to keep surprising you not just make the same movie over and over again - every summer," he added.

Logan is due to open in the US in March.