Hugh worried about being 'blockbuster guy'

NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) -- Director Stephen Sommers says "X-Men" actor Hugh Jackman had some initial concerns about starring in "Van Helsing," another potential mega-hit.

Sommers said in New York that when he first met Jackman, the actor told him he loved the monster hunting-role of Van Helsing in the Gothic action flick, but admitted, "I'm a little worried about being known as the 'big blockbuster guy.'"


"I said, 'Hugh, in Hollywood, if you are in a couple of big blockbusters, then they will offer you anything you want, no matter how inappropriate. If a script calls for a 14-year-old girl, you are going to get it,'" Sommers said.

"After 'X-Men 2,' I was going to do a smaller, independent movie, so I was a bit reluctant to be in another big franchise-type movie summer popcorn movie," Jackman explained. "Also, they take a long time ... Then, of course, there could be 'X-Men 3,' then 'Van Helsing 2.'"

Jackman said his love of the part and the script helped him put aside his worries.

"Van Helsing" opens Friday.


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