Did you check out the 68th Annual Tony Awards last night? Hugh Jackman was the host for the evening — and showcased not only his talent but physical stamina! Opening the show, he hopped throughout Radio City Music Hall for four minutes – a nod to Bobby Van’s “Take Me To Broadway” number from the 1953 musical, Small Town Girl – and greeted various performers who would be gracing the stage along the way.
Along with the bouncing, Hugh also led LL Cool J and T.I. into a rap inspired by The Music Man, borrowing “Rock Island” and adapting it to a modern audience. Hugh’s presence was felt throughout the entire evening, serving up songs for nominated actresses and providing backstage shenanigans (including playing in a band with Bradley Cooper and a card game with Sting) before commercial breaks. He also announced the winners for a couple of awards and was even able to give the history-making Audra McDonald her sixth Tony – a new record – and becoming the first person to win in all four acting categories.
If official video becomes available, I will provide links here. In the meantime, enjoy the various pictures – from the red carpet, show, and backstage – of Hugh from the 2014 Tonys!
Earlier today, May 21st, Hugh Jackman joined his X-Men: Days Of Future Past co-stars for an interview at SiriusXM. James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart – both of whom play Charles Xavier in the upcoming film – were on-hand to help promote the film. Although there is yet no footage or sound clips from the interview (I heard it’s meant to air on Friday morning), there are several photos from the event in the gallery. It looks like they had an absolute blast — can’t wait for the interview!
I have finally added a ton of X-Men: Days Of Future Past photos to the gallery. My apologies for being so very delayed in providing these — I don’t even know how some (see: the early posters) escaped me! You can now find several new behind the scenes, posters and promotional, and film still images all in the gallery, at the highest resolution(s) I was able to find. Please enjoy.
In Perth, Australia, on May 17th, Hugh Jackman helped launched his newest philanthropical effort: the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts. At WA Academy’s Mt. Lawley campus, he celebrating the importance of (performing) arts education — and how his time at WAAPA left a great impact on his career.
Hugh announced that he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness would be donating $1 million to the foundation – which will help groom future acting talents – matching a donation by Andrew Forrest. This, on top of the $10 million fundraising goal they hope to reach within the next four years. Check out some quotes from Perth Now below:
“Nothing could make me happier [than giving back],” [Hugh Jackman] said. “I can tell you with absolute certainty: there is no way my career would be what it is or that I would be standing in this capacity on this stage if it wasn’t for this institution of WAAPA. It is unique; there is nowhere like it in the world, and everyone in our business knows about WAAPA and I want it to be treasured here, in this state, as much as it is around the world.”
Jackman said he wanted to avoid discussions concerning the lack of government funding to the arts and, instead, “focus on being part of the solution.”
“This is a marathon and we hope to be here for the long haul,” he said.
To close the launch, Hugh Jackman joined several current students of WAAPA on stage to sing Peter Allen’s “I Still Call Australia Home” — a staple among Hugh’s performances. Others in attendance included Adam Gilchrist, Colin Barnett, and Aurelio Costarella. Perth Now has the following comments from others who were at the launch (including a former teacher) on Hugh’s generosity:
Former head of acting, Chris Edmund, who directed and taught Jackman between 1992-94, said Jackman’s commitment WAAPA was “extraordinary. He didn’t have to do this.” Edmund, who retired last year after 30 years with the prestigious academy, said Jackman’s support was “guaranteeing the longevity of WAAPA.”
Stephanie Power, who was two years ahead of Jackman in WAAPA’s acting course and remains friends with the actor, said the foundation’s support was crucial. “It’s very important to WAAPA because I think basically without it we’re just going to fold,” Power said. “This will maintain WAAPA as a drama school and maintain its standing in the world [and] I think without the foundation, WAAPA has a death knell.”
Power, who runs WAAPA’s photo archives, said she remembers a “gangly,” gutsy, and fresh-faced Hugh Jackman arriving WAAPA with an unrivalled energy and enthusiasm.
“When I graduated, he found my first place that I lived in,” she said. “If you went to him and said you had a problem he would go, ‘Let me see what I can do.’
“I will tear up. He is the nicest guy; he’s a beautiful, beautiful man who has a heart of gold.”
After a long promo tour that took him halfway around the world, Hugh Jackman arrived in Australia to celebrate the release of his upcoming film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Held in Melbourne, the film made its Australian debut, with support of co-stars Fan Bingbing and Peter Dinklage. Pictures appear to still be making their way online, so I’ll be sure to update as they come in. Stay tuned for potential video interviews from the red carpet as well.