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.”
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:
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.”
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.”
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 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
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