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.
This year, the annual Zurich International Film Festival will be honoring Hugh with the Golden Icon Award, which has previously been given to actors such as Sean Penn, Michael Douglas, and Morgan Freeman. The film festival will run from September 26th – October 6th, with the presentation of Hugh’s award on Sept 28th. Hugh will be at Zurich to not only accept the Icon Award but to present his latest film, Prisoners, during the Gala Premiers section of the festival.
Check out what Zurich’s festival director, Karl Spoerri, said about honoring Hugh:
Hugh Jackman is in a class by himself as a multi-talented entertainer with a global following. There is nothing he can’t do and he proves this time and time again with every project he’s involved in. We’re honored to recognize his brilliant career at the Zurich Film Festival.
On August 29th – in Tokyo, Japan – Hugh Jackman attended a press conference for The Wolverine — which will probably be his last in support of this particular movie. Like the premiere that was held the previous night, he was joined by his co-stars Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and Hiroyuki Sanada along with their director, James Mangold. I’ve added several images to the gallery, with hopefully video to follow.
On August 28th, Hugh Jackman was appointed the No. 1 Tourist Ambassador of Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, due to recent filming there for The Wolverine. Haneda Akira, the mayor of the city, was there to award Hugh with the honor. He also received a rose gift, as the city is nicknamed “City of Roses.” Many thanks to Hugh Jackman Fan Site for not only sharing images from the ceremony but bringing it to my attention.
Over a month after it hit U.S. cinemas, The Wolverine has finally had its long-awaited Tokyo premiere. Hugh Jackman was there to promote the movie alongside his co-stars Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and Hiroyuki Sanada; director James Mangold also made the long flight from the States to join the actors. I’ll be adding more pics as they come in. How great does Hugh look? The Wolverine hits Japanese theaters on Sept. 13th.