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Trivia for X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

X Facts

"X Facts" is a bonus feature on the Blu-ray release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. When selected, trivia related to the film and X-Men lore pops up on the screen as the movie plays.

  • Every Friday throughout production, Hugh Jackman gave lottery tickets to everyone on set. Reportedly, no one won.
  • The long corridor young James Howlett runs through was created to amplify the feeling of running towards an awful destiny. It took seven grips pushing a techno-crane at high speeds to properly track the shot.
  • Throughout the comic series, a connection between Victor and Logan was only hinted at. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was the first time they were linked as brothers.
  • For the war scenes, armory specialists assisted with uniform and gun handling accuracy.
  • The film's first track, "Logan Through Time" includes a 78-piece orchestra and a 40-voice choir. They are singing stanzas from an ancient Norse poem in Old Icelandic.
  • 950 visual effects shots were created for the film.
  • The initial screenplay for X-Men Origins: Wolverine told the story out of sequence, through flashbacks.
  • Director Gavin Hood didn't want the slick, glossy look of most superhero films. He preferred the gritty, real-life look of 70's biker movies.
  • The Normandy flashbacks were shot at Blacksmiths, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Director Gavin Hood sees the movie's theme as Wolverine's inner struggle between his animalistic savagery and his noble human side.
  • Liev Schrieber was initially approached to play Stryker. He felt passionate about playing Victor Creed instead.
  • Dominic Monaghan, who portrayed Bolt, was originally slated to play another X-Men character by the name of Beak.
  • Ryan Reynolds trained extensively to perform his own sword work.
  • Danny Huston, who portrayed Stryker, likened the love/hate relationship with Logan to Dr. Frankenstein and his monster.
  • To feel Wolverine's inner silent fury, Hugh Jackman took freezing showers daily.
  • Logan's cabin was a real cabin built in the New Zealand wilderness. It was later rebuilt on a soundstage because heavy winds made dialogue scenes impossible.
  • Before X-Men Origins: Wolverine, director Gavin Hood had never been to Australia or New Zealand.
  • Logan built the hideaway he shared with Kayla during his time as a lumberjack.
  • Dominic Monaghan is good friends with Ian McKellen, the actor who portrayed the older Magneto in the X-Men films.
  • The stuffed bird in Bolt's circus van is a homage to Beak, the character Dominic Monaghan was originally slated to play.
  • Mike Tyson was Hugh Jackman's model for Wolverine's relentless fighting style.
  • The theatrical release for X-Men Origins: Wolverine was delayed in Mexico due to an outbreak of H1N1 flu, commonly known as "swine flu".
  • During shooting in Sydney, Australia, actor Danny Huston took surfing lessons.
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine screenwriter David Benioff was a huge Wolverine comic fan.
  • Waldo Sanchez, the hair stylist behind Wolverine's signature look, is also the stylist for the Queen of England.
  • Wolverine's brown and yellow leather jacket is a homage to his comic costume colors.
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine was filmed mostly in New Zealand and Australia.
  • The bar fight is director Gavin Hood's favorite scene in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
  • All of the action sequences in X-Men Origins: Wolverine were "pre-viz"ed. Pre-viz lays out a sequence in pictures and animation before the scene is shot.
  • Stryker's lapel emblem is a homage to the comic character's evangelical preacher roots.
  • Hugh Jackman's diligent diet and exercise routine included a daily 4am protein shake.
  • For safety during production, the adamantium claws were made of a breakable resin.
  • The film's production injected $60 million into Sydney, Australia's economy.
  • To muscle up, Hugh Jackman's protein rich diet centered on chicken.
  • The Hudsons are heavily drawn from the comic's James MacDonald and Heather Hudson.
  • The bumper sticker on the Hudson's truck reads: "Not all who wander are lost." This is an Aragon quote from Lord of the Rings.
  • The claw apparatus Hugh Jackman used as Wolverine was custom fit to his grip.
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