Valjean and Javert meet again: Hugh Jackman arrived at the UK premiere for Noah on March 31st, supporting his Les Misérables co-star and friend Russell Crowe. The event was held in London at Leicester Square. (As a side-note: Noah is also directed by Darren Aronofsky, whom Hugh worked with on The Fountain.) Looking dapper in a grey suit, Hugh stood out on the unique and very cool blue carpet with oceanic wave design.
X-Men: Days of Future Past might still be two months away from hitting theaters, but that isn’t stopping Fox from doing some early promotional work for the movie. Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy joined forces in London earlier today, March 31st, to help Virgin unveil a new train sporting an array of iconic mutants. Photos from the event have been added to the gallery. Check out an article about the “unwrapping” below (including some quotes from Hugh), as well a couple of videos below the cut.
Hugh, 45, admitted getting a train with his face emblazoned on it was a far cry from his earlier days when he backpacked around Europe.
“It’s some sort of wish fulfilment in life, when you’re a young boy, to walk onto your own train. I pretty much lived on trains (before), because when I was 18, I got an InterRail card. It was about £250 and I was on £10 a day, so we slept on trains,” he said.
“I was that smelly guy in the corner, just outside the bathroom that people would have to step over. I would be swearing and drinking with my mates, so I got kicked off from many a train.”
The Australian actor joked about his co-star appearing on the first class carriage, with his own carriage located further back, saying: “I think it’s totally appropriate that he’s first class and I’m way up the back. It’s pretty wild.”
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“It is epic-ness, it is huge on a scale, not just visually but emotionally. Character and relationship-wise, it is quite epic with what we all go through,” James teased.
Hugh added: “It is massive. It is by far the biggest. I had this unbelievable opportunity to work with not only James, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, but the older actors playing the same characters – Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Ellen Page. It was unbelievable, and the story is intricate. It is fun, it is massive and I think it is going to deliver beyond what people expect.”
SOURCE: YAHOO! UK
On March 30th, Hugh Jackman attended the 2014 Jameson Empire Awards — and picked up a special trophy during the ceremony. Director Darren Aronofsky (who handled The Fountain) introduced Hugh, complete with clips of the actor’s movie career, before Hugh picked up the Empire Icon Award. Photos from the press room have been added to the gallery (you can also find a short interview right here, and you can also check out his speech below:
Upholding his hosting duties, Hugh Jackman attended the 2013 Christmas In Washington event on December 15th and served as the emcee for the evening. President Barack Obama and the first family were in attendance, even joining Hugh on stage for a portion of the evening. Performers at the event included the Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crowe, Janelle Monáe, Anna Kendrick, and Pat Monahan (of Train); Charles Barkley also made a special appearance. The annual concert will be aired on Friday, December 20th at 8ET.
On December 3rd, Hugh Jackman made his first public appearance following his skin cancer announcement and treatment. At the Change Begins Within benefit gala, he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness were honored for their lifetime of giving; family friend Wendi Murdoch presented the award. Hugh specifically talked about how meditation changed his life, and how David Lynch Foundation’s foundation was important in bringing Transcendental Meditation to those who could use the benefits. For more on the foundation, visit their official site.
On November 13th, Hugh Jackman visited the company of Big Fish on Broadway. Once upon a time, Hugh was actually slated to appear in this musical adaptation of the Tim Burton film; however, the role eventually went to Norbert Leo Butz (who starred alongside Hugh in the Carnegie Hell performance of Carousel).
Also in attendance at Wednesday’s matinee was Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (not pictured) and fellow Aussie Geoffrey Rush. (Remember: Hugh is currently rumored to be in talks to star in Rush’s upcoming movie-musical adaptation of The Drowsy Chaperone. Perhaps they talked more about it at yesterday’s run-in.)