Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, attended Day 14 of the 2013 U.S. Open earlier today, September 8th. The event was held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens in New York. Together, they watched the women’s singles final match between Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams, with the US’s Serena winning the game. Hugh also tweeted about the event, including a new picture.
Earlier today (September 7th), Hugh Jackman attended the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival to continue his promotion of Prisoners. After a brief photo call with the cast – including Jake Gyllenhaal, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, and Terrence Howard – he joined them for a press conference. Along with director Denis Villeneuve, they answered various questions during a 40-minute panel, which you can watch below.
Earlier this evening (September 6th), Prisoners held its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Hugh Jackman was in attendance alongside his co-star, Jake Gyllenhaal, who posed together on the red carpet. Nearly the entire cast was also at the event, including Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, and Terrence Howard; director Denis Villeneuve, of course, also made an appearance. I’ve added a few HQ (and MQ) pictures from the evening to the gallery, and you can also find after party pictures right here.
Although Hugh Jackman just went through a press tour with The Wolverine, he’s back in business to promote his upcoming Warner Brothers film, Prisoners. Currently, he and co-star Jake Gyllenhaal are in Toronto together – specifically, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) – to help promote the film.
A few interviews have already emerged, which I’ve shared in this post. Follow HJF on Twitter to get alerts on new interviews, or just keep checking back on this post for added videos.
When Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness met for the first time, in 1995 in Melbourne, on the set of the TV drama “Correlli,” she was the star playing the title character and Jackman was the novice, hired to play her love interest less than an hour after graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, in Perth. Right from the start the producers liked what they saw. At 26, tall and slim, with a rangy prettiness, Jackman played a feral sort, a convict beaten senseless in police custody, and Furness, then 39, played the prison psychologist battling her own attraction as she nursed him back to health.
You can see their first kiss online: The six-foot-two Jackman corners Furness in a prison hallway, blocking her exit and taking her breath away with a kiss that combines menace and unhurried sexual electricity. The difference in age didn’t seem to get in their way. The producers told her, “We’re really happy with your chemistry.” She told them she’d keep working on that.
The couple have clearly told their story before. Over a leisurely lunch three days before the premiere of Jackman’s sixth outing as Wolverine – the immortal X-Men mutant with the adamantium claws – in a restaurant nine stories below their Manhattan river-view apartment, Hugh and Deb happily recall the cat-and-mouse game of their mutual seduction: how Jackman suddenly stopped talking to her on set; how Furness, who is blonde, bluff, and quick to laugh, called him on his crazy behavior; how, by way of explanation, he waved her off, embarrassed about falling for the leading lady on his first professional job, confessing his attraction to her at the same instant he was saying he’d get over it; how she responded to the confession by saying, Yeah, she was falling for him too.
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Hugh Jackman won’t only be honored Zurich’s prestigious Golden Icon this year — he’s also been announced as the recipient of San Sebastian Festival‘s Donostia Award. Actors who have previously received the award include Ian McKellen, Meryl Streep, and Robert De Niro (as well as a personal favorite, Gregory Peck). Hugh will be gifted with the award on September 27th, prior to the film festival’s screening of Prisoners.