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Hugh Jackman Didn’t Know That Wolverines Were Real

Australian man Hugh Jackman has apparently been carrying around a big secret for most of his life: Although he starred as Wolverine in the X-Men movies, he did not know that wolverines actually existed, which is crazy because the rest of us definitely knew they were real.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Jackman revealed his secret shame about his lack of knowledge of the animal, which Wikipedia describes as “the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae.” However, the actor told AP that he didn’t know anything about wolverines, an animal “more closely resembling a small bear than other mustelids,” when he started filming the first X-Men movie. Per AP:

It wasn’t until X-Men director Bryan Singer commented that Jackman wasn’t acting very wolverine-like as Wolverine that the actor even learned that wolverines existed. Jackman told AP, “[Singer] said, ‘Are you sort of walking funny, what’s going on?’ And I said, ‘I’ve been doing this thing with wolves,’ and he goes, ‘You know you’re not a wolf, right?’” The AP goes on:

So glad that Jackman finally caught up with the rest of us, who definitely knew wolverines were real before reading about them just now.

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