A fun new interview by GQ was recently released, which actually doesn’t touch too much on Hugh’s upcoming movie, Real Steel. He was asked about his fashion sense (who is he wearing?), his karaoke song (The Rolling Stones, unsurprisingly), and what he treats himself to on the days he isn’t confined to the chicken-and-broccoli diet (hint: it’s an Italian dessert). Visit GQ’s website for the whole interview after reading an excerpt below. It has also been added to the press archive.
GQ.com: What was your last stylish purchase?
Hugh Jackman: This morning I had John Lobb come over. I’m so excited as I’ve been waiting two years to get them. For me that’s one of the great indulgences in life – a hand-tailored suit, and a great pair of handmade shoes. There’s no one better than John Lobb. I can’t wait to see them. Now I’ve had my lasts done, they keep them on file forever.
Where do you go for your suits?
Salvatore Ferragamo have done some nice handmade suits for me. Right now on this tour I’m wearing mainly Lanvin. I’ve also got a lot of suits made by this Italian guy from Napoli called Isaia. Not many people know the brand, but I know that George Clooney and Brad Pitt do. It’s almost like I’m not meant to tell anyone. You see, when you’re named “Sexiest Man Alive” you join this club, and the whole world opens up to you. [laughs]
You’ve just announced a new one-man show on Broadway. Are you planning on seeing anything in the West End while you’re here?
I’d love to go and see The Tempest with Ralph Fiennes in it. One of things I’d love to do one day is a Shakespeare with Trevor Nunn. I’ve done musicals with him, but never Shakespeare. There’s no one better.
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Collider has released a few separate snippets from an interview with Hugh Jackman over the past week or so, but they’ve recently published the entire interview and a long audio (over twenty minutes) of it as well. Some of the information is repeated (information on Les Miserables has already been posted on HJF), but there’s some interesting tidbits in this new piece as well. I would highly recommend checking out the interview audio, especially around the 22-minute mark, for a brief Jean Valjean treat. Check out an excerpt below and visit the source for the entire thing. It has also been added to the press archive.
Question: Were you familiar with the Richard Matheson short story before shooting?
HUGH JACKMAN: I actually didn’t read it until about the second week of shooting, and it was Don Murphy who gave it to me. He said, “You’ve read it right?” I said, “Actually, no, I haven’t, but I’ve seen The Twilight Zone episode.” So, it was great to read it. I should have read it before I started. There’s some good stuff in it. It’s terrific. He was a great writer. I want to read more of his stuff.
What was it like working with Sugar Ray Leonard?
JACKMAN: Of all the things that he told me, and there were many, the thing that really affected me the most was his insistence about the importance of the corner man, which is effectively what I play. Not as much the fighter, but the corner man. And, he talked a lot about Angelo Dundee, and how he was the difference between winning and losing in some fights. He’d be behind the monitor for some scenes doing, endlessly doing right left. He looked over and said, “They will only believe these fights, if you and the corner are connected. You have to be the emotional strength. You have to be the wisdom. You have to be the spine of that fighter.” It was a great bit of advice.
Your character has a tough relationship with his son. Being a dad yourself, was it hard to do that?
JACKMAN: After a few days, (director) Shawn [Levy] actually pulled me and Dakota [Goyo] aside and said to both of us, “Look, Dakota, you’re a very well brought up and polite kid. Hugh, you genuinely like children. You’ve got to stop that, immediately. Go further. Keep going. I’ll tell you, if you’ve gone too far.” There were several times when he’d call cut, and I’d see Dakota look over to his mom, like he was going to get into trouble. “They told me to say this. It’s okay.” Because it obviously goes against the grain. Having said that, I do have two children and there are times you want to say things that you are not allowed to say, right? It was nice to be able to let them rip for three months. It was good therapy.
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Phew. Lots of candid pictures from yesterday, October 4th! The first set is of Hugh arriving at and leaving “Good Morning America” as well as arriving at “Late Show with David Letterman.” The second set is of him leaving the former talk show in an outfit change. The last and final set looks to be him arriving home after “Letterman,” sans jacket. As a heads up: I’ve also added GMA pictures to this post, which you can check out here.
The Telegraph has posted a great new article on Hugh Jackman, talking about a range of subjects. Most of it is information fans may already know about, but there’s the occasional tidbit that causes pause. For example, did you know he took singing lessons only two years ago to “relearn the wheel”? The article has been added to the press archive, although you can read an excerpt below and go straight to the source to read more:
Hugh Jackman has just wolfed down 12 ounces of filet mignon and steamed green beans. It’s 4pm, and this is his fifth meal of the day. One of Hollywood’s consummate shape-shifters, Jackman is currently beefing up to once again play Wolverine, animalistic star of the X-Men films. He tells me he has three different wardrobes, which he rotates according to the type of film he’s making: “thin suits, Hugh suits and fat suits”.
We meet in a creamy-coloured hotel suite in Beverly Hills. Jackman is wearing a T-shirt, dark jeans, and looks lean and chiselled. Unusually for an actor, he doesn’t take himself at all seriously and has not an ounce of self-consciousness. Which is a good thing, considering what his new film is about. Real Steel is set in a near-future in which giant robots box each other to the death for the entertainment of the masses. Jackman plays an underdog trainer rebuilding his relationship with his son as they work together on rebuilding a robot. Of course he does.
I know what you’re thinking, because I thought it too. But Real Steel is an unexpected delight, a mix of RoboCop and The Champ filled with heart, and Jackman’s screen charisma. It seems the man who makes Broadway hoofing seem macho can also give steel warmth.
Jackman understands my scepticism. “For a year and a half people have been saying to me, ‘What are you doing? A robot boxing movie?’” he says, turning his nose up in an expression of mock befuddlement. “But it’s a tale of redemption. My character gets a second chance but sometimes that second chance is more frightening than the first because you know what to expect.” Does he mean he’s more comfortable with pain than with trying to succeed?
“Exactly. That’s what fascinated me about Charlie [his character], and that’s what happens to all of us. We repeat behaviour and start blaming everything outside ourselves for why things are going this way. It’s much easier dealing with disappointment.” Does he think he’s ever done that? “Yeah. In some ways we’re all like that.” He searches unprompted for an example. “This is the first thing that comes to mind. I’ve been asked a couple of times to sing and I get quite nervous.”
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