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:
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:
Hugh Jackman is in negotiations to play the villainous pirate Blackbeard in Warner Bros.’ forthcoming Peter Pan origin film, Pan. Joe Wright is directing the adventure tale from a script by Jason Fuchs.
WB had gone to Javier Bardem for the role but the actor passed and the studio pursued Jackman shortly after that.
Jackman had been in discussions for a handful of films before committing to Pan, including the antagonist in Warner Bros. The Incredible Mr. Limpet remake.
The origin story [Pan] revolves around an orphan who is taken to the magical world of Neverland where he becomes a hero to the natives and leads a revolt against the evil pirates. The idea is that Blackbeard is the film’s main antagonist, while Hook would serve as Pan’s close ally before turning bad. Ryan Gosling was someone the studio had looked at among others for the part.
As for the title character, the studio is expected to do an open casting and find a discovery for the role. The studio is also looking for an actress in her mid-20s to play Tiger Lily.