Will.i.am Discusses John Wraith and ‘Wolverine’

Will.i.am, one of the biggest casting surprises in X-Men Origins: Wolverine has come forward to MTV to talk about his role in the film. It isn’t much, but his enthusiasm is infectious, and the movie set sounds like a really happy one. Everyone, from the extras to the stars, has had nothing but good things to say.

If you remember from our announcement way back in February (incidentally, the second post I ever wrote here — wow!), Will.i.am is playing John Wraith, aka Kestrel. Wraith is a teleporter, and one of those unlucky men chosen to be genetically tweaked by Weapon X. From the sound of it, his character has been left true to the comics. “I’m a teleporter … I’m here, I’m there, I’m everywhere. Boom, boom, boom!” Will revealed. “My character’s name is John Wraith. He’s a black Texan. He’s not a cowboy, but his gear suggests that he is. He’s just a badass who’ll whoop your ass.”

I wish I could have spent a day on this set, because the machismo and testosterone was obviously running high. Will revealed that one fight scene left a permanent impression. “You see that little scar I’ve got on my knuckles? I’m a newbie when it comes to big action films and stuff … It was my fight scene. I was real into it, and then I missed my mark, and I punched the camera and broke the lens! But that goes to show you, I ain’t to be messed with, because I break lenses!”

To read (or watch) the rest of the interview, head on over to MTV. X-Men Origins

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