Hugh Jackman has commented on the infamous set conditions created by disgraced X-Men director Bryan Singer.
Singer directed Jackman in the first three films of the X-Men franchise and has since been accused of sexual assault and rape by multiple men, which he categorically denies.
The Wolverine star said The Guardian in an interview to promote his new film, The sonthat there were things that happened on the set that “wouldn’t happen now”.
When asked if the allegations against Singer had tainted the films’ legacy, Jackman responded: “You know, that’s a very, very complicated question. There are many things at stake there.
“X-Men was the turning point, I think, in terms of comic book movies and I think there’s a lot to be proud of. And there are certainly questions to ask and I think should be asked. But I guess I don’t know how to respond elegantly to that. I think it’s complex and ultimately I look back with pride on what we’ve accomplished and the momentum it started.”
An extensive 2020 report on the hollywood reporter characterized Singer’s behavior on set as “erratic and destructive”, partly due to drug use.
speaking to Variety In 2020, Jackman’s X-Men co-star Halle Berry (Storm) said: “Bryan’s not the easiest guy to work with. I mean, everyone heard the stories, I don’t have to repeat them, and heard about his challenges and what he struggles with.
“Sometimes I got really mad at him. I had a few fights with him, I said a few bad words out of sheer frustration.”
Of the stories about Singer’s behavior, Jackman said The Guardian: “This was my first film in the United States, you have to understand; everything was so new to me.”
He continued: “I think there are some ways to be on set that wouldn’t happen right now. And I think things have changed for the better.”
Overall, he said: “There is much less tolerance for disrespect, marginalization, bullying and any oppressive behaviour. Now there’s zero tolerance for that and people will talk, and I think that’s great.”
Singer hasn’t made a movie since he was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody for allegedly disappearing from the set.
the independent has contacted Singer’s representatives for comment.
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