Following a screening of footage from Logan at this year’s Butt-Numb-A-Thon film marathon, Mangold told attendees that Jackman took a salary cut on the movie in order to ensure it would be R-rated, as reported by Ain’t it Cool’s Eric Vespe. Typically, R-rated films don’t perform as well at the box office as those rated PG-13 (or under), so Jackman’s paycut likely helped Fox justify the R rating for Logan from a financial perspective.
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Mangold said that Hugh Jackman took a salary cut because he wanted to do an R-rated movie.
— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) December 11, 2016