He may be brooding and scary on the outside, but apparently the X-Men’s Wolverine is a softy on the inside when it comes to Japan and tourism. The actor who plays the mutant on screen, Hollywood superstar Hugh Jackman, was given the task to serve as the Fukuyama City Tourism Ambassador after shooting several scenes in the area for his latest movie “The Wolverine.”
Jackman did not forget the task given to him as he sent a letter of appreciation to the Tomo-Ryoma Omotenashi-tai (The Hospitality Squad of Tomo-Ryoma) after they helped in the filming of the sixth movie in the X-Men film franchise. He even got in character for the letter, introducing himself as Wolverine and saying that he loved the natural beauty and the kind people of Tomonoura. Filming lasted for three days in Fukuyama in September of last year, particularly in the Tomonoura Bay area, which was portrayed as a Nagasaki port town, and in front of the JR Fukuyama Station which was made to look like the JR Osaka Station. The film also shot in the Tomo port near the Ota residence and in the Enpukuji temple where they showed crucial scenes between Wolverine and the Japanese woman he fell in love with.
Jackman himself fell in love with the area as he tried the different Japanese restaurants and even went fishing during his free days. When he was going around the area with his family, he also interacted with the locals, taking pictures with them and signing autographs. One of the members of Tomo-Ryoma said they were very excited to receive the letter from Jackman as Wolverine and that ever since the movie came out, tourists always ask where the film was shot. “Together, let’s tell all of Japan about our wonderful city!” was how Jackman ended his letter and signed it Wolverine, together with the trademark claw marks.
[ via Asahi Shimbun ]