Hugh Jackman Registers His Name In Guinness Book Of World Records For Being The Longest-Serving Live Action Marvel Superhero.
The “Logan” actor may have bid farewell to the superhero that he has played since 2000, but he’s about to get one more thing to remember the adamantium-clawed mutant by — a certificate for the longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero for his role as Wolverine.
On the morning of 20th February Hugh Jackman was presented with Guinness World Records in a surprise presentation on ITV’s This Morning by Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief of Guinness World Records. The Aussie actor made the record by having portrayed Wolverine/Logan from the original X-Men film in 2000 to his final film Logan in 2017, meaning he played the role for 16 years and 228 days.
But he wasn’t alone, as his fellow mutant co-star Sir Patrick Stewart also received the record and left a video message for Hugh.
“Hi, Hugh my dear! I’ve discovered that you and I are now in the Guinness Book of World Records. Congratulations, my friend. There’s another thing to hang on your wall.”
‘The Greatest Showman’ star holds the record with fellow X-Men actor Sir Patrick Stewart; both have had careers spanning 16 years 228 days as Wolverine and Professor Charles Xavier (Professor X) respectively.
Both actors made their first appearance as Marvel superheroes way back in “X-Men” (2000), with their most recent appearance was in the blockbuster movie “Logan” (2017).
Speaking to the morning show host Alison Hammond, Jackman explained it was a life-long dream of his to achieve a Guinness World Record, and described how he and his brother came up with a plan to get themselves in the book.
The 50-year-old Hollywood veteran said:
“When I was a kid, I wanted to be in the Guinness Book of Records. My brother and I did come up with the easiest way to get in.
Badminton non-stop is about 54 hours, so we both decided to stay up for two nights to see if it was possible. It was a school night, so I fell asleep all the day through school.”
Hugh Jackman was quite jubilant on his achievement and he expressed it in the following words:
“This is a highlight of my life. I’ve made it, this is why I got into showbiz.”
Hugh also shared the good news with his fans on social media and was congratulated by many. But one particular response stood out. It was from none other than the guy notorious for funny tweets/social media posts. It was Ryan Reynolds who chimed in to downplay the accomplishment. It was all in a good sport though.
For fingernail length?
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 23, 2019
Hugh Jackman has got his name on the 2020 edition of Guinness World Records but if he wants to keep his name in the book, he may have to fight for it a bit. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is rapidly expanding, as are other superhero franchises.
While X-Men was at the forefront of the superhero movie phenomenon, it will be only a matter of time before another actor beats Jackman’s record. So can we see the iconic Wolverine return one more time? It seems highly unlikely as the multi-talented Hugh is enjoying his life on the tour. But one can always hope, right?