The Rise of Hugh Jackman

December 4, 2012 || Written by Kristina in Articles, General News, Les Misérables, Press, Rise of the Guardians || No Comments

Posting this article has been a bit delayed — it’s actually from November 30th, when Hugh Jackman spoke to Australia’s The Age. Although meant to be a feature piece on Rise of the Guardians, he does dip his toes into the subject of Les Mis. He talks a little about his childhood – that he was “quite fearful” – and his own children, Oscar and Ava, including their thoughts on paparazzi. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more; it’s also been added to the press archive.

When I meet him, [Hugh] Jackman is rejoicing in having just had four days when he didn’t have to sing. X-Men fans probably don’t know it, but Jackman made his name in musicals; his leap from small Australian features and television series to the international stage came in 1998 with Oklahoma! in London, where director Trevor Nunn dared cast this Australian unknown as Curly and unleashed a new leading man in the process. In 2004, he won a Tony for his hit run of The Boy from Oz on Broadway. Late last year he had an even bigger hit with a one-man show of songs and stories. “I’ve been amazed at my career,” he says cheerfully. “I constantly feel blessed to have got what I’ve got. I kept saying, ‘If I could just do this for five years and make a living, that would be great.”

For months now, Jackman has been working on Les Misérables, the much-touted blockbuster adaptation of Schoenberg and Boublil’s hit musical, in which he leads a cast including Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried. He has been singing for 10 to 12 hours a day because the director, Tom Hooper of The King’s Speech fame, insists that everything be live. Tough, he agrees. “Like it should be. I mean, I’m playing Jean Valjean, which is like the King Lear of musicals. The span of his life, the songs, the range of the singing – it’s about a 2½-octave range – in every way, it pushes everyone to their limit.

“I think it’s something to do with the nature of the material. It’s about people under duress, at breaking point, and how people handle it. Ultimately, it is very elevating – it’s about the human spirit. So it should be like that.”

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‘Les Misérables’ Sydney Press Junket

There have been so many news updates lately due to a press junket that happened on Saturday. They’re becoming a little overwhelming, so I’m keeping them all in this post instead. (In fact, I’ll do a “master post” for each city Hugh Jackman sits down in for multiple interviews from now on.) So, read on for all the latest on Hugh promoting Les Misérables in Sydney, with the most recent videos always at the top:

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Hugh Jackman – Among Others – is Someone Dakota Goyo Would “Love to be like Someday”

November 21, 2012 || Written by Kristina in Film News, Real Steel, Rise of the Guardians || No Comments

Real Steel star Dakota Goyo is in another of Hugh Jackman’s films: Rise of the Guardians. While speaking to The Star for the soon-to-be-released DreamWorks Animation picture, he mentioned his previous co-star several times — including whether or not there will be more robot boxing adventures:

On getting involved with Guardians: “It happened two years ago. DreamWorks Animation asked me if I wanted to do the part, and of course I’m going to take it. It’s a great opportunity. There’s so many successful people in [the film]: Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Chris Pine; so many successful people that I’d love to be like someday.”

On Hugh’s transition to Bunnymund: “I think it was really funny how he was Wolverine at one point and now all of a sudden, he’s a bunny. I think that’s hilarious.”

As for whether Goyo will actually be working again with Jackman — in the flesh, that is — in a sequel to Real Steel, which pleased critics and audiences as it raked it almost $300 million worldwide, the young actor is understandably coy.

There may be [a sequel]. I’m not allowed to say. There may be, there may not, I’m waiting to hear,” Goyo said. But, he added with more certainty, “it will be amazing.”

Hugh Introduces ‘Rise of the Guardians’; Talks About His Kids’ Love of the Series

November 19, 2012 || Written by Kristina in Articles, Film News, Press, Rise of the Guardians, Videos || 1 Comment »

Check out the above video of Hugh Jackman and Chris Pine introducing Rise of the Guardians, followed by a (pretty decently long) clip of the film when Jack Frost arrives at the North Pole. There’s also a Q&A with cast and crew after the scene with director Peter Ramsey, Alec Baldwin (Santa Claus, aka North), Isla Fisher (The Tooth Fairy, aka Tooth), and executive producer Guillermo del Toro. If the video doesn’t satiate you, there’s also a new article on the film with a couple of quotes from Hugh talking about Guardians — and how his kids already love the series (even if Bunnymund isn’t their favorite character):

During one of the story meetings, it was determined that Santa’s bodyguard yetis were the ones who made toys and not the elves, who are a bit flighty. And when talking with Ramsey, Jackman convinced Ramsey to let Bunnymund have a little chip on his shoulder since North gets all the attention.

The key to voicing a gruff, albeit gentle, ninja rabbit? “Always recording early in the morning — then there’s no acting required when it comes to gruffness,” says Jackman, whose 12-year-old son Oscar and 7-year-old daughter Ava are already Guardians fans.

“It’s really so fulfilling to me that they are so excited by it. They are obsessed with the movie and have been reading all the books since then. I’d like to say Bunnymund was their favorite, but I think the truth is that Sandman was their favorite and they just don’t want to hurt my feelings.”

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Concept Art and Film Stills for ‘Rise of the Guardians’

November 15, 2012 || Written by Kristina in Film News, Gallery, Rise of the Guardians || No Comments


I’ve just added some high-quality film stills and concept art of Rise of the Guardians to the gallery. You can view three illustrations for the film, including early character artwork and a beautiful “painted” scene from the movie itself. There are also stills from Guardians, each featuring the ensemble cast along with Hugh Jackman’s Bunnymund.

Hugh Talks Why Kids Will Love ‘Guardians’

November 9, 2012 || Written by Kristina in Interviews, Press, Rise of the Guardians, Videos || No Comments

Hugh Jackman probably won’t be on a full publicity run for Rise of the Guardians, as he’s currently wrapping up The Wolverine in Australia, but hopefully we’ll get more videos like this. In this short Q&A, he talks about why kids will love the film (all their heroes fighting together to protect childhood), the pros of the main cast (and what each individual brought to the role), the lessons found within Guardians (working as a team helps you realize your greatest potential), and the visuals (DreamWorks’ sophistication). Rise of the Guardians hits theaters November 21st

New Bunnymund Featurette for ‘Rise of the Guardians’

October 30, 2012 || Written by Kristina in Film News, Rise of the Guardians, Videos || No Comments

A new video has been released for Rise of the Guardians, solely featuring Bunnymund (voiced by Hugh Jackman). We get a better look at his character – including his egg bombs – although there isn’t too much dialogue from the Easter Bunny himself. Still, it’s a nice little featurette that’s sure to get fans of Hugh’s even more excited about the upcoming animated film. Rise of the Guardians hits theaters November 21st.

Hugh Talks Easter Bunny, Christmas Traditions, and Meditation

October 24, 2012 || Written by Kristina in General News, Interviews, Les Misérables, Press, Rise of the Guardians || No Comments

There are so many articles about and interviews with Hugh Jackman out there that merely reiterate the same information over and over, but not this time. Static Multimedia was able to interview him recently about Rise of the Guardians and Les Misérables — and it’s quite the exciting read. In it, he talks about some childhood anecdotes, singing live on set from 8AM to 8PM, Christmas traditions, and he touches base on the power of meditation. It’s definitely worth the read for any fan looking for more insight into the man and his life. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source; it’s also been added to the press archive in its entirety.

Who or what helped you to find out who you are?
Still going, man. Still working it out. But that’s why we are here really, isn’t it? So my father and my mum, particularly my dad, I think, had an influence on my life. He’s quite a religious man but I would say a very practical religious man. He doesn’t talk about it a lot, but he always encouraged that inner journey which I would say I am still on, definitely.

It would be sad if it ends one day, wouldn’t it?
Well for me, that’s everything. Way more important than the journey outside, as magical as that is, the inner journey is way more important.

[Rise of the Guardians] is also about dreams. Are you an intense dreamer?
No. I think I am just too tired and I sleep through it all. I used to dream a lot, and I remember when I was a kid, it’s really fascinating that idea of the boogie man because I remember being terrified of the dark, and terrified of going into the house alone. I remember running from room to room, all those things. In fact, my brother played a practical joke on me which probably put me in a state for years. I used to hear about boogie man under your bed and my brother would say, ‘Oh no, he’s there, he’s there!’ And we shared a bedroom together. And for about a month, I would occasionally feel this tap on the bed and I was like, ‘I think there’s something there.’ Like just one tap or two taps, and I would go off to sleep and I never had the guts to actually look under. Finally when I did, I want to say after a month, my brother was there and went, ‘Boo!’ So for a month every night, he had been under my bed. Cruel right?

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New Poster for ‘Rise of the Guardians’

September 23, 2012 || Written by Kristina in Film News, Rise of the Guardians || No Comments

Forgot to report on this, but there’s a new poster for Rise Of The Guardians, Hugh Jackman’s upcoming DreamWorks animated feature. I’ve also added all the character posters from the film to the gallery, if you’re interested in checking out some detail on Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and Pitch. (Remember: Hugh plays the Australian Easter Bunny, Bunnymund.) The film comes out November 21st.

New ‘Rise of the Guardians’ Trailer

July 6, 2012 || Written by Kristina in Film News, Rise of the Guardians, Videos || No Comments

A second trailer for Rise Of The Guardians has hit the web, this one with a greater focus on Jack Frost (played by Chris Pine). The upcoming DreamWorks film will see the “Big Four” – Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), and the Sandman – recruiting Jack to help defeat an evil villain, Pitch (Jude Law) aka the Boogeyman. Be sure to watch the new trailer full-screen and on the HD setting, as it looks absolutely stunning in the finest quality. Rise Of The Guardians hits theaters November 21st.

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