In Perth, Australia, on May 17th, Hugh Jackman helped launched his newest philanthropical effort: the Jackman Furness Foundation for the Performing Arts. At WA Academy’s Mt. Lawley campus, he celebrating the importance of (performing) arts education — and how his time at WAAPA left a great impact on his career.
Hugh announced that he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness would be donating $1 million to the foundation – which will help groom future acting talents – matching a donation by Andrew Forrest. This, on top of the $10 million fundraising goal they hope to reach within the next four years. Check out some quotes from Perth Now below:
“Nothing could make me happier [than giving back],” [Hugh Jackman] said. “I can tell you with absolute certainty: there is no way my career would be what it is or that I would be standing in this capacity on this stage if it wasn’t for this institution of WAAPA. It is unique; there is nowhere like it in the world, and everyone in our business knows about WAAPA and I want it to be treasured here, in this state, as much as it is around the world.”
Jackman said he wanted to avoid discussions concerning the lack of government funding to the arts and, instead, “focus on being part of the solution.”
“This is a marathon and we hope to be here for the long haul,” he said.
To close the launch, Hugh Jackman joined several current students of WAAPA on stage to sing Peter Allen’s “I Still Call Australia Home” — a staple among Hugh’s performances. Others in attendance included Adam Gilchrist, Colin Barnett, and Aurelio Costarella. Perth Now has the following comments from others who were at the launch (including a former teacher) on Hugh’s generosity:
Former head of acting, Chris Edmund, who directed and taught Jackman between 1992-94, said Jackman’s commitment WAAPA was “extraordinary. He didn’t have to do this.” Edmund, who retired last year after 30 years with the prestigious academy, said Jackman’s support was “guaranteeing the longevity of WAAPA.”
Stephanie Power, who was two years ahead of Jackman in WAAPA’s acting course and remains friends with the actor, said the foundation’s support was crucial. “It’s very important to WAAPA because I think basically without it we’re just going to fold,” Power said. “This will maintain WAAPA as a drama school and maintain its standing in the world [and] I think without the foundation, WAAPA has a death knell.”
Power, who runs WAAPA’s photo archives, said she remembers a “gangly,” gutsy, and fresh-faced Hugh Jackman arriving WAAPA with an unrivalled energy and enthusiasm.
“When I graduated, he found my first place that I lived in,” she said. “If you went to him and said you had a problem he would go, ‘Let me see what I can do.’
“I will tear up. He is the nicest guy; he’s a beautiful, beautiful man who has a heart of gold.”
After a long promo tour that took him halfway around the world, Hugh Jackman arrived in Australia to celebrate the release of his upcoming film, X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Held in Melbourne, the film made its Australian debut, with support of co-stars Fan Bingbing and Peter Dinklage. Pictures appear to still be making their way online, so I’ll be sure to update as they come in. Stay tuned for potential video interviews from the red carpet as well.
Earlier today, May 14th, Hugh Jackman attended the Singapore premiere for X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Fan Bingbing and Peter Dinklage – who play Blink and Peter Trask in the movie, respectively – were also on-hand to show support. You can watch a short interview with Hugh from the event below, in which he talks about the Kaya toast he earlier posted on Instagram. I’ll add more videos if they become available.
On May 10th, X-Men: Days Of Future Past finally made its world premiere in New York City. Hugh Jackman was, of course, in attendance, along with its massive cast from the franchise: Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, James McAvoy, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, and Omar Sy. You can check out a few red carpet interviews below:
The X-Men: Days Of Future Past New York press conference was held on May 9th, and Hugh Jackman was in attendance to talk about his upcoming film. Although there is yet no video on the panel, you can listen to the entire interview right here. Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, and Peter Dinklage were also on-hand, and each give some great insight into the movie — including working with one another.
To help promote X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Hugh Jackman and fellow X-Men costars visited the “Good Morning America” set on May 8th. Also in attendance: Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, James McAvoy, and producer Lauren Shuler Donner. They, of course, talk about the upcoming film, including Hugh returning to the X-Men franchise alongside the cast from the original trilogy. Jon Hamm also paid a visit to Hugh at one point, as shown in pictures added to the gallery. You can view the video of the GMA interview by clicking on the image below:
On May 5th, Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness attended the annual MET Gala in New York City. As part of the most fashionable night of the year, they were dressed in matching black and white garments — including a sharp white tux for Hugh. Numerous people were in attendance at the event, including friends Sarah Jessica Parker, Ryan Reynolds, Naomi Watts, Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kylie Minogue, and director Baz Luhrmann.
Back on April 29th, Hugh Jackman “hijacked” the 2014 Tony Awards nominations ceremony. Originally hosted by Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu, Hugh’s appearance was unannounced and a total surprise — even to the two hosts! After dropping off two [empty] mugs, he proceeded to remind everyone about the impending Tonys air date and time. “You never know who will show up,” he said, reiterating this year’s slogan, and proving the fact with his appearance at this ceremony. You can watch a video of the announcements below, in which Hugh pops up within the first minute: