Hugh Jackman probably won’t be on a full publicity run for Rise of the Guardians, as he’s currently wrapping up The Wolverine in Australia, but hopefully we’ll get more videos like this. In this short Q&A, he talks about why kids will love the film (all their heroes fighting together to protect childhood), the pros of the main cast (and what each individual brought to the role), the lessons found within Guardians (working as a team helps you realize your greatest potential), and the visuals (DreamWorks’ sophistication). Rise of the Guardians hits theaters November 21st
A new, international trailer for Les Misérables has been released — and Hugh Jackman is featured in it! This one is much more of a medley, showcasing numerous songs from the musical, including “Castle on a Cloud,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “One Day More” (where we get to hear a bit of Hugh singing), and “Do You Hear the People Sing?” This one seems to have a lot more focus on the protagonist of the film, Jean Valjean, rather than Fantine, which makes it extra exciting. Hopefully we’ll get a U.S. theatrical trailer soon (rumor has it that it may come next week).
Having once attended the Actors Centre Australia (ACA) – which he graduated from in 1993 – Hugh Jackman was back at the school on November 4th to help launch The Acting Edge, a new online component. The program’s creator, Dean Carey, also recently released an acting book, and the ACA also now offers apps helpful for those seeking acting advice. You can watch a brief interview with Hugh on the red carpet right here, in which he talks about The Acting Edge and how ACA changed his life. There’s also a Mornings interview, where he discusses acting, his kids, and… his flaws.
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On a semi-related topic, Hugh and wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, attended the Melbourne World Vision Event on November 3rd. There doesn’t seem to be any official images or video footage from the night (nor press on it, for that matter), so consider this a brief update on their whereabouts and philanthropic adventures. You can also check out a dual interview with both of them below, in which they talk about humanitarian work, passing on their knowledge to their children, and even how their New York apartment fared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Yet another Les Misérables feature can be found in this week’s edition of Entertainment Weekly. Previously, there was talk about costume and set designs for the film; in this issue, the matter at hand is a little more serious. With quotes from Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and director Tom Hooper, the article focuses heavily on the political inclination of Les Mis – both the novel and musical – and how important the story is even in today’s political climate (worldwide). It’s a great read, plus there’s some new shots from the film strewn throughout the pages.
In a new interview with Dubai Chronicle, Hugh Jackman talks very briefly about Les Misérables — including how he feels as if his career has led to his role as Jean Valjean. More prominently, he talks about the impact having children has left in his life, and how his own childhood has influenced how he raises both Oscar and Ava. The real treat is at the end of the article, when he highlights his “loves” and “hates.” Check out an excerpt below, then head to the source for the whole interview; it’s also been added to the press archive.
Q: Your big new film is Les Misérables. How satisfying is it to be part of a production like this?
JACKMAN: It’s the high point of my career. I’ve been trying to do a movie musical for the longest time. I really have. When I hear that the movie version of Les Misérables was being made, I immediately threw my hat in that ring. This was a part I wanted very badly, and I feel in some way that everything in my professional life has pointed to this moment. I love acting, and I love doing musicals, and I’ve always wanted to combine those two interests, and now it’s finally come true with Les Misérables. It’s such a great feeling to be part of one of the most uplifting stories ever told about the human spirit.
Q: How do you compare your own approach to being the father of two children to your growing up without a mother after your parents divorced ?
JACKMAN: I’ve been lucky to have a beautiful and generous wife to help me raise our children. It’s worlds apart. My dad had a hard time and it wasn’t that easy at our house. I was constantly fighting my next oldest brother and we were all living in chaos. Dad would come home late, usually not before 7 at night, and there was always some trouble going on. It wasn’t the best way to grow up, but it taught me to look out for myself and be very independent and disciplined. But I always wanted to create a very loving and caring environment for my own children. It’s my greatest accomplishment. There is no greater joy in life than watching your kids play and enjoy life while they grow up in front of your eyes. I can’t tell you how much I love taking my kids for walks and exploring the world with them when I travel. Deb and I have been blessed to have them in our lives.
Q: Was acting and showbusiness a way of expressing yourself and getting rid of anger in any way?
JACKMAN: My friends tell me that I always had a pretty sunny disposition growing up so even though maybe I had reason to be angry about things, I’ve found out over the years, even with acting coaches that tried to get you to draw out those buried emotions, that that was never the case. I feel I have a lot to live for and to be happy about.
The New 42nd Street Gala, in celebration of the New Victory Education Programs, will honor the Australia Council for the Arts with the New Victory Arts Award on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. The annual event will feature a special performance by the Melbourne-based Australian troupe Circus Oz at The New Victory Theater, followed by a dinner reception at The Liberty Theater.
The event will be co-chaired by Adelina Wong Ettelson, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Fiona Howe Rudin, Chairman of The New 42nd Street. Honorary Chairs for the event are Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman. Gala Vice Chairs are Julie Singer Scanlan and Philip H. Scanlan, Consul General of Australia in New York. The Gala Committee includes Jill Bikoff, Emily and Len Blavatnik, Donya and Scott Bommer, Isaac Mizrahi and Arnold Germer, and Wendi Murdoch. Thomson Reuters is the Gala Corporate Sponsor for the third consecutive year.
The New Victory Arts Award is presented to a person or organization that has used their public position and powers of persuasion to help bring kids to the arts and the arts to kids. Past recipients include Tony Awards® recipient Bill Irwin and Cheryl Henson, President of The Jim Henson Foundation.
“The New 42nd Street is honored that the Australia Council for the Arts has agreed to accept this year’s New Victory Arts Award in recognition of its longstanding support of enlightened work for kids. Since The New Victory Theater opened in 1995, we have presented 22 compelling, inventive and magical works from 16 companies hailing from across Australia,” said Cora Cahan, President of The New 42nd Street.
The New 42nd Street Gala will begin at 7:00 PM with the award presentation and an excerpt of Circus Oz: From the Ground Up at The New Victory Theater (209 West 42nd Street), immediately followed by a dinner reception at The Liberty Theater (234 West 42nd Street).
Tickets to the New 42nd Street Gala start at $1,000 and table prices start at $10,000. For more information and tickets, visit www.new42gala.org or call 646-553-3475.
The Daily Telegraph captured Jackman perched on top of a snow plough which raced through the wintry Japanese setting all while black ninjas attacked him from the village’s rooftops. Hugh and his shiny claws spent most of the night on the rickety snow plough’s cabin while shooting at Sydney Olympic Park.
Jackman hung off its side, jumped in the air and even dangled his legs over the edge during a break. The fitness freak also bounced into some push ups on the vehicle and ate a snack without getting down. But its dangerous work fighting off enemies who seemingly come from everywhere armed with samurai swords and hatchets. So extra measures were taken for the thrilling fight scene with Jackman having two safety cables attached to his side and linked up to cranes on the set.
We just got an amazing teaser poster for The Wolverine, almost at the end of their shooting schedule. Now, there’s a first look at the artwork for Hugh Jackman’s next film, Prisoners, which hasn’t even started production yet. Bloody Disgusting released the teaser poster, while Dread Central provided proof of it being displayed at the American Film Market in Santa Monica. Prisoners already has a set theatrical release for September 20, 2013.
It’s a bit hard to chuck a sickie if you’re Wolverine. So Hugh Jackman has discovered after realising his film shooting schedule means he will miss the party for his passion project, the launch of Russell James’s book Nomad Two Worlds, tomorrow night at the Darling Hotel in Sydney.
“I’m devastated,” Jackman sighed. “Nomads is one project I really believe in and we’ve been talking about the book launch for 12 months. But you know, we’ve all got a boss. They knew what it meant to me but the train’s rolling, unfortunately.”
The book features James’s photos and collaborations with indigenous Australian, Native American and Haitian artists. A percentage of the proceeds of the book will go to art projects in indigenous communities.
“Nomads is about reconciliation and bringing cultures together in a social business sense,” Jackman told The Sun-Herald’s Shelly Horton. “This is the apology in action.”
James has just flown in from Haiti where the book was launched by Bill Clinton and Richard Branson. “We try to celebrate the art of the indigenous artists and not have it be a celebrity-driven brand, but while everyone has been enormously respectful of that, we have had some amazing celebrities help out,” he said.
For Jackman it’s a chance to use his celebrity for good. “I do try not to use my celebrity for evil,” he joked, “I mean it’s a daily struggle because the pull of evil is so strong but if I can ever use it for good, I do.”
A new video has been released for Rise of the Guardians, solely featuring Bunnymund (voiced by Hugh Jackman). We get a better look at his character – including his egg bombs – although there isn’t too much dialogue from the Easter Bunny himself. Still, it’s a nice little featurette that’s sure to get fans of Hugh’s even more excited about the upcoming animated film. Rise of the Guardians hits theaters November 21st.
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