Sounds like Hugh Jackman had a lot of influence on Taylor Kitsch as an actor! Kitsch, who’s been conducting interviews to promote Disney’s John Carter, yet again mentioned his friend and previous Wolverine co-star. Here’s what he had to say this time:
“I learned a lot from Hugh Jackman,” Kitsch says of Wolverine himself. “His work ethic is unparalleled, man. A lot of what I am now is down to just outworking people. You see how focused he is and it opened my eyes. Hugh had a very similar lifestyle to what I had on John Carter. You’re lifting weights before every take. I was on a strict diet for four months before filming, then the same for seven months, filming six-day weeks.”
Previous X-Men Origins: Wolverine co-star, Taylor Kitsch (who played Gambit), has been out doing press for his current film, John Carter. He recently has some very nice things to say about Hugh Jackman, including that he was the kind of guy you’d want to keep in your life as a good influence. Check out the words of praise and camaraderie below:
“He’s a hard guy not to like,” Kitsch confessed during the press junket for John Carter. “If you don’t, there’s something wrong with you … In or out of the business, if you meet a guy like that, you do what you can to stay around a guy like him.”
One reporter asked the actor if Jackman was annoyed that he stole his girl, Lynn Collins, who stars in John Carter and was the love interest in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
“Not at all, not for one second,” Kitsch said. “He was probably more proud of me than anything. We’re very close. He’s been a big influence on me.”
At long last, I’ve finally added screen captures from Trevor Nunn’s filmed production of Oklahoma!, starring Hugh Jackman as Curly. There are over 1,900 (!) caps from the musical, all in moderately good quality as they were grabbed from my DVD. Additionally, the gallery now has pictures from Hugh’s stints in Beauty And The Beast, Sunset Boulevard, and both production and promotional images from Oklahoma! as well.
Hola has posted a picture of Hugh Jackman with Barcelona-based Jean Valjean, Geronimo Rauch, at Pinewood Studios. (Check out Hugh’s ever-growing Valjean beard!) The following is a translation from the small Spanish article accompanying the photograph:
Hugh Jackman and Geronimo Rauch were not known, but both have something in common, and currently give life to Jean Valjean, the protagonist of the musical Les Miserables. The Australian actor is in the middle of shooting the film version of the famous novel by Victor Hugo, while Rauch is the current star of the musical stage version that has already made ??history in our country, and the curtain closes one last time on 18 March in Barcelona. After two successful seasons, Geronimo Rauch has been selected by the producer’s original work, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, to represent the role of the play in London’s West End from next June. The actor used his trip to the British capital to visit the set of filming the movie version that is being shot in London and be photographed with one of the most important actors of the moment. The two exchanged opinions and Jean Valjean were excited to play one of the most important in the history of literature and music.
Since news has been pretty slow, how about a sweet anecdote? About a year ago, Hugh Jackman and Kristin Chenoweth took part of a reading for On the Twentieth Century. There were rumors at the time that Hugh might be starring in a future production, but that no longer appears to be the case. However, according to Broadway.com, he appears to have lent his support towards Kristin, encouraging her to go forth with the project. Here’s what she had to say on Hugh’s advice:
“He said something so great after the reading,” Chenoweth told Paul Wontorek during an episode of the popular Broadway.com talk show Show People that will run on March 1. “He said, ‘Kris, I don’t have to do this [show]. It isn’t something I feel I have to do, but you do. You gotta do this part!”
I’ve recently updated the gallery with screen caps for Hugh’s earliest movies, Erskineville Kings and Paperback Hero (both released in 1999). Unfortunately, as neither are available on region one DVD and I consequently don’t have a copy, the quality did suffer a bit. I’m currently working on Oklahoma!, so expect many caps from that within the day or so.
Also, in the past couple of weeks, I’ve worked extensively on HJF’s filmography section! You can now find summaries, quotes, trivia, and much more on every movie Hugh has made throughout his career. (External links to IMDb are provided for his television appearances.) I’m slowly working on building up the entire career portion of the site, so soon you can expect a similar archive for Hugh’s history in theater and even a discography section with a lyrics archive.
Even though it’s only February, DreamWorks is prepping hard in anticipation for Rise of the Guardian‘s winter holiday release. Today the studio provided eager fans another teaser poster, this one giving audiences the very first sneak peek at character designs for the film. What do you think? Remember: Hugh Jackman is lending his (Australian) voice to Bunnymund, aka the Easter Bunny. As stated on the poster, the film is slated to hit theaters on November 21st.
Show pictures provided by Megan Hilty Web.
Earlier today, February 12th, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe had the honor of presenting the BAFTA Best Picture Award. A few pictures from the press room – with the winners of The Artist, including Jean Dujardin (Best Actor) – have been added to the gallery. More pictures will be added as they become available, as well as a video (if one happens to be uploaded).
Playbill.com asked, and Cameron Mackintosh answered. After Hugh tweeted that the new Les Miserables song would be for Jean Valjean, a lot of other questions popped up, namely: where in the story would it fit in? The new song, entitled “Suddenly,” expands more on the relationship between Valjean and Cosette, as Makintosh clarified in the quote below. You may also want to check out the source, as there’s more information about the production of the upcoming film.
“Well, he did warn us he was going to Tweet,” Mackintosh told Playbill.com on Feb. 8. “He didn’t hear the song until yesterday when he went through it with Claude-Michel.”
Written by the stage hit’s original songwriting team of Schönberg, Alain Boublil and lyricist Herbert Kretzmer, the new number is called “Suddenly,” the producer revealed.
“It’s a really lovely new song,” Mackintosh said by telephone from London, where the film, directed by Oscar winner Tom Hooper, is in rehearsal before shooting starts in March. “It was something that Alain and Claude-Michel came up with, after a passage in the book, which beautifully explains what happens when [Valjean] takes Cosette from the inn and looks after her. Herbie’s written a lovely lyric to it, and we’re all delighted how it seems to fit into the film version.