Following the honor of the Donostia Award in San Sebastian, Hugh Jackman accepted the Golden Icon Award at the 9th Zurich Film Festival on September 28th. Afterwards, he welcomed Denis Villeneuve, Kira Davis, and co-star Melissa Leo so that they could introduce their new film, Prisoners, to those in attendance at the Swiss film festival. There are several images from the event in the gallery, and you can also watch a video of Hugh accepting his award here (including his speech, in which he thanks his fans).
Hugh Jackman the jet-setter arrived in Zurich, Switzerland earlier today (September 28th) for the 2013 Zurich Film Festival. His first business was the Prisoners press conference, which also welcomed director Denis Villeneuve, producer Kira Davis, and co-star Melissa Leo (who is serving as a juror at the festival). You can watch video of the panel below, which is entirely in English. Hugh talks about the weight of playing Keller Dover and even brings up a fanciful fact: that he literally wouldn’t exist without Switzerland, as it’s where his parents met when his mom was just 19-years-old.
There’s a great, long article with Hugh Jackman in The Times. In it, he talks about his future as Wolverine — and whether or not it’s his decision to make more movies as the beloved X-Men character. He talks about his latest thriller, Prisoners, and the deliberate choice the filmmakers made with regards to the film’s commentary on violence (including how it ties into current political affairs).
Along with the talk of his films, there are a few scattered moments throughout the article that touches upon his personality. How does Hugh feel about being a multimillionaire? Although he’s not sentimental with photos, which one did Hugh recently keep in his collection? There’s also confirmation that Hugh’s next film will be Chappie, a Neill Blomkamp-directed sci-fi with hints of comedy that will shoot in South Africa early next year.
Hugh Jackman is wincing in his seat. We’re barely ten minutes into our interview time and the 44-year-old Australian, famed for his Oscar-nominated turn in Les Misérables as much for his muscular weight-gains in the X-Men movies, is grappling with the thorniest and most pressing issue of his career to date — whether or not to retire his trademark comic-book action hero, Wolverine, a role that is beloved by global audiences, has so far bagged £1.18 billion at the box office (from five movies), and yet, you suspect, is something of a creative dead end for the increasingly versatile actor.
“Right now, I’m not making that decision,” he says, haltingly, like someone who’s going to make that decision, just not right now. “Although I will say that I was proud of the most recent movie [The Wolverine]. And so if there is no more Wolverine, and that’s the end of it, then I’ll be at peace.”
He suggests that the decision itself is, technically, not his to make (“90% of the choice belongs to the studio!”), but also notes, with some finality, “What I do know, however, is that great parts can outlive the actors who play them. Superman. Batman. And Wolverine. So someone else will play him. For sure.”
Following the frenzy of the Prisoners photo call in San Sebastian, Spain, Hugh Jackman took part in a press conference for the film. Like the earlier event, he was again joined with director Denis Villeneuve and producer Kira Davis to talk about Prisoners. You can find the full video of the 42-minute panel below; however – sorry, English-speakers! – it is dubbed over in Spanish.
On September 27th, Hugh Jackman attended the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival to promote his latest film, Prisoners. Joined alongside director Denis Villeneuve and producer Kira Davis, he took part in a very picaresque photo call — and met many, many excited fans in the process. You can find tons of HQ photos of Hugh from the event in the gallery.
On September 26th, Berlin hosted the Germany premiere for Prisoners. Hugh Jackman attended solo, although he did meet up with director Denis Villeneuve on the red carpet. He also posed alongside Svenja Wagner and French actor Guido Broscheit in several pictures. I’ve added numerous HQ shots to the gallery. Enjoy!
Hugh Jackman appeared on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” last night to promote his new film, Prisoners (which is now in theaters). You can watch the video below (or visit the site; he comes in just after the second commercial break. Talking about his tough guy persona, Hugh recalled a time when he was involved in a fight — in rollerblades. Be sure to tune in after they go to commercial, as he and Jimmy do a hilarious skit while arm wrestling. Hugh drops some lines you never thought you’d hear him say.
Prisoners held a special screening for members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences yesterday, September 19th. Hugh Jackman attended the event, held at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International in New York. Joining him were his Prisoners co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano for a screening and special Q&A.
Yesterday afternoon (September 19th), Hugh Jackman enjoyed a special luncheon hosted by the Peggy Siegal Company and Warner Brothers in honor of Prisoners. At the event, the cast achieved additional praise for their inspired work in the drama film. Hugh was joined by co-star Jake Gyllenhaal along with Paul Dano, Melissa Leo, and Terrence Howard. There’s a bunch of HQ photos in the gallery, so enjoy!