A couple of new articles have been added to the press archive, which you can also read below. Mostly, Hugh just talks about Real Steel and touches on future projects. Other noteworthy mentions are his answer to whether or not he’d like to star in a film with Deb (“hell yes”), his desire to host the Oscars again, more commentary on the Wolverine delays, and what kind of dad he is at home. Nothing particularly new (except that he intends on bringing his one-man show to Australia soon), but they might be worth checking out regardless.
The last time Hugh Jackman punched anyone was two weeks ago, in Cleveland, Ohio. It was a very public punch and it sent professional wrestler Dolph Ziggler reeling. ”Ziggler is an exaggerator, though,” Jackman says.
”I didn’t break his jaw like he claimed,” he adds with a smile.
Jackman is far from combative as he recounts the incident at the WWE Raw SuperShow event, where Jackman was making an appearance to promote his latest film, Real Steel. ”I’ve been pulling punches as an actor for 20 years but Dolph said: ‘The audience would boo you!’ Well,” Jackman says with a laugh. ”You don’t expect an actor to get booed on purpose! So I hit him.”
The only other times Jackman hits anything, ”it’s usually something like a pillow” when he gets mad, which is not often. ”I’m pretty even-tempered but kids really know how to push your buttons,” he says, referring to his two adopted children, Oscar, 11, and Ava, 6.
Whenever we’ve met over the years, Jackman has always lived up to his reputation as Mr Perfect: likeable, funny and engaging. We’ve crossed paths at a movie promotional party at a villa in the hills above Cannes, backstage after his extravagant performance as Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and, in the early days of his career, on the set of his second feature film, Paperback Hero.
But he’s not perfect. For instance, he gets as frustrated as any father.
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Actors are wisely advised to not share the screen with scene-stealing children and animals. But what about lovable robots?
“The good thing about robots is, they don’t eat,” jokes Hugh Jackman, who shares the screen with both a child (Toronto kid Dakota Goyo) and a hard-punching automaton named Atom in Disney’s Real Steel, opening nationwide Friday. “Really, that’s all I worry about on a set, somebody hogging the food.”
Believe it or not, the Steven Spielberg-produced Real Steel marks Jackman’s first film release since X-Men Origins: Wolverine, nearly two years ago (he’ll also be seen soon opposite Jennifer Garner in the oddball comedy, Butter).
It doesn’t feel like it, as the easygoing Aussie talks about working and not working while on a publicity stop in Toronto. He’s been in our faces, pop culture-wise, the entire time. He’s received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he hosted the Oscars. He was on Broadway with Daniel Craig in the play A Steady Rain. And then there was his one-man show, which was on tour through the summer. “This last year, to be honest, I would have worked more, but The Wolverine (the sequel to his X-Men Origins movie, skedded to be shot in Vancouver) has been on-again/ off-again for an entire year, pretty much.” (It’s now scheduled for June, after Jackman films Les Miserables in London.)
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Some new information regarding Les Miserables has been released by Hugh Jackman himself during an interview with Collider. He talks about this three-hour audition yet again, and whether or not the film will be shot in 3D. (He’ll be visiting London in a couple of weeks to do tests with director Tom Hooper, which will determine what medium to shoot the film in.) Check it out below or visit the source:
The reveal of Jackman’s three-hour audition:
“We shoot in March. I am going in the next couple of weeks to do my first tests there. I auditioned for it and had about a 3-hour audition for it about 3 months ago. I’m really pumped about doing this. I’ve done a lot of musicals and I’ve done a lot of movies, so this feels like something that I’ve been waiting to do.”
Whether or not Les Mis will be shot in 3D:
“It’s in discussion. Honestly, that’s probably gonna be part of what the tests are about, to see what that does. It’s always interesting – how do you actually convey thought through song? We’re used to the convention on stage. In film, we used to be used to it, and now sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. You need to be fresh and really look at the material. I think [Hooper’s] basically gonna do it, screen it, look at it, and see if it adds something genuinely or not. I mean, the strength of Les Mis is in its characters and the emotion, so if it aids that, fantastic. If it doesn’t I’m sure we won’t. It is not like there are massive special effects in Les Mis, you know?”
His favorite songs from the Les Mis stage production:
“’Who Am I?’ I love. That’s a great one. ‘Bring Him Home’ is great. Both of those songs are mine. God, I don’t think there is a bad song in that whole piece.”
IndieWire has a great new interview with Hugh Jackman, in which he speaks about the future of The Wolverine. Many movie fans were skeptical when another screenwriter – Mark Bomback – was brought on board to rewrite the much-raved about McQuarrie script, but Hugh clarifies that decision. Additionally, he mentions whether or not this upcoming movie will be his last performance as Wolverine, and why he wanted to do the X-Men: First Class cameo.
1. The Wolverine will go next for Jackman after he finishes Les Miserables.
“If it wasn’t for Les Mis, we’re ready now,” Jackman told the gathered press. “Now that Jim [Mangold]’s on board, we’re ready to go. For Les Mis to work, we would have had to start Wolverine, basically, yesterday. So when we needed to press the button, we weren’t quite ready. So it will happen straight after.”
2. What happened to Darren Aronofsky?
“His personal life precluded him from making the movie,” explains Jackman. “I asked him to do X-Men 3, I asked him to do Wolverine one and he said, ‘It’s not so much for me.’ And then he read this and said, ‘Man, I’m in. This is the best comic movie script I’ve ever read’ and he’s been dying to do one for a long time.”
3. What made James Mangold the right choice?
Jackman says there was no shortage of directors willing to throw their hats into the pool as Aronofsky’s replacement. But it was Mangold who had the best handle on the material. “Many directors wanted to do this film, I’m happy to say, because of the strength of the script. When he came in he just had such a clear vision of where this movie should go. He had the best take. He’s done many, many genres. I look at 3:10 to Yuma, and when he started talking about ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’ I was like, ‘Okay, now we’re on the right track.” He had a couple of things which, I think, even in Darren’s version of the script, hadn’t been solved that he just knew he had the key.”
4. Mark Bomback’s recent re-write work is not an overhaul, but more of a polish on McQuarrie’s script.
“When a director takes over any script,” says Jackman, “they need to make it their movie. So Jim hired Mark to help him make the movie his own. Darren had worked on the script himself and taken it in a certain direction that was right for him. And that would have been a great version of the movie. I’ve seen Jim’s version now and, you know, Jim saw things that weren’t working for him that were working for Darren. And I’ve got to hand it to Fox and to Jim, it’s easy when you start with the best script we’ve had from Chris McQuarrie. Which is why Darren signed on. So once you have that, that’s 80, 85 percent of your movie.”
5. The Wolverine is based on Miller’s Japanese saga, but it will not be an exact translation.
“It’s a little darker and, I think, a little more true to the character,” Jackman stressed. “If you read all of [the Japanese saga] there is a lot of it that is a little disparate and some of it’s got X-Men in it. There’s a wedding and all that. So we take license with that.”
6. Jackman’s cameo in X-Men: First Class was all about the F-bomb.
“They asked me to do that cameo a year before I did it and I said, ‘All right, pitch me the concept,’ ” Jackman recalled. “They did and I liked it. I said, ‘Is anyone else swearing in the movie?’ and they said, ‘We don’t think so.’ I said, ‘Promise me no one else swears in the movie and I’m in.’ 50 percent of Wolverine’s dialogue should be ‘fuck.’ That feels right for me. And actually that particular take was an ad-lib I did at the end. There was more secrecy to shooting that than I have ever known. I actually checked into the hotel and they had no reservation under Jackman. I was under some comic book name I had never even heard of.”
So might Jackman pop up in a ‘First Class’ sequel?
“If they come up with as good of an idea as last time,” Jackman says with a big smile, “Yeah, I could see it.”
7. He isn’t tired of Wolvy just yet.
“I love that character,” he said. “It was the first film I did in America and somehow I lucked upon the greatest of all the superhero roles. His human dilemmas and demons and battles feel more real. I don’t feel like a guy with claws and ridiculous hair. I feel like a guy battling against life.”
8. X-Men 4 probably won’t happen, but The Wolverine might not be the character’s swan song.
“I don’t see it. I can only see one movie ahead,” he said deflating hopes of a 4th X-Men film, despite talk in recent years by the producers of making one more. “I’m pretty sure I’m well into the second half of this match. I don’t know exactly when the end is, but I only go one at a time. If this is the last one, fingers crossed, man, I just hope we finally get that hole in one.”