Hugh Jackman recently conducted an interview with Playbill.com, discussing Broadway and his return to the Great White Way with his one-man show. It’s a very insightful interview in general, but – for those curious about his Back on Broadway performances – there’s also a good look into what to expect. Check out an excerpt below before visiting the source for the entire piece. It’s also been added to the press archive.
A one-man musical spectacular is quite a leap from your most recent film, “Real Steel.” How important is it for you to achieve that kind of balance in your career?
Honestly, it’s basically been about avoiding unemployment. When I first graduated from drama school, my goal was to keep pushing open as many doors as possible, so that included all different types of film, musical theatre, and straight plays. I figured, well, I’m pretty good at quite a few things, so I’ll keep on working at all of them. I also feel that it’s good for actors to say “yes” and risk making fools out of themselves. Ultimately, that approach has been something that’s defined me in this business.
Looking back, what impact did The Boy From Oz have on your career?
It was the turning point in my career, as far as I’m concerned. It’s funny, because I was actually offered the role of Peter Allen back in 1996 when they did a workshop in Australia, but I turned it down — even though I knew it was going to be great — because I decided I was going to try to do more films. At that point I couldn’t even get auditions for films because I was becoming so known for musicals, so I was trying to strategize. Then, after saying no to The Boy from Oz, I didn’t work in film for the next two years. When I went to see the show I felt sick in the stomach, because it was exactly how I knew it would be: It was a brilliant show and one of the greatest parts I had ever seen, and I had turned it down because I was trying to plan things out. I got a call years later from Robert Fox, the producer, and he said, “Hey, Hugh, we were thinking —” I literally cut him off and said, “I’m in.” I vowed never to disobey my heart again.
No more hesitations at that point?
A number of people thought I’d lost my mind and that it wasn’t the smartest thing for me to do, but it was a no-brainer for me. I was so grateful to have a second chance at the role. We did not get great reviews when we opened, but I felt strongly about the show, I could feel we were connecting with the audience, and I knew the audience loved it. I carried with me the great feeling of knowing that, whatever happened with the show, I’d done the right thing. Then it turned around and became a big hit, I won the Tony Award, and it was probably the best year of my life. From that moment on, I’ve followed my gut.
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Thanks to Chace Online, fans who missed Hugh Jackman’s appearance on “Live with Regis & Kelly” yesterday (October 31st) can check out what went down. Although I don’t want to spoil anything, it’s a very funny spoof on a popular reality program.
There’s a short and sweet interview by Parade that was posted earlier this month but was somehow missed in the influx of Real Steel press. Hugh Jackman very briefly touches upon his training with Sugar Ray in this interview, but mostly he talks about family life: the element of surprise being beneficial to romance and how he plans on keeping potential suitors away from his daughter once she starts dating. Check out an excerpt below, then visit the source for the whole thing. It’s also been added to the press archive.
When Ava starts dating, how will you treat her suitors?
That’s when playing a role like Wolverine comes in handy. They’ll come by and I’ll casually have the claws in my hand. That would be more effective than a baseball bat!
You’ve been training for the next Wolverine film. Do you have a favorite last splurge the night before dieting?
Here’s what happens: I start with breakfast cereal in the afternoon, because that’s one of my favorite things. And then I have lasagna and ice cream for dinner.
Where do you call home these days?
My real home is Australia, but we currently live in New York. I love being on Broadway [he’s doing a one-man show from Oct. 25 through Jan. 1], but the real reason is that Deb loves the city. Happy wife, happy life.
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Hugh Jackman – along with other celebrities like Stephen King, Gene Hackman, Gillian Anderson, Alan Cumming, and Kathleen Turner – have recently been involved with project called Dear Me, in which they write letters to their 16-year-old selves. A book entitled Dear Me: More Letters to My Sixteen Year Old Self will contain the letters of many other stars giving advice to themselves. The book will be released on October 27th, but you can pre-order it at The Guardian’s bookstore. Hugh’s letter can be read in the graphic above, and a transcript has been provided below:
Just thought I would pop you a little note to see how you are (even though I know) and to tell you that yes!!! There will come a time when you get over Penny dumping you at the bus stop. In fact you will see her in a couple of yrs and wonder why you cried every time you heard the Lionel Richie song “Penny Lover”.
Oh and the patch of zits you get on your forehead will also go, but probably not as quickly as you hope. And Yes, you will get to move into the big room in the house as soon as your brother Ralph leaves.
Right now the important stuff is out of the way…..I will tell you a few things that may help you on the way. I don’t want to spoil any surprises for you, so some of this may sound a little vague.
Things are going to be different from how you imagine them. I know you don’t have a clear idea of what you are going to do with your life, and I know that drives you a little crazy… particularly as you get asked about it every other day of your life. But when you are asked just smile and say “no idea…but when I do know I’ll get back to you”.
Truth be told much of what is gig to happen will surprise the pants off you… it will be way better than your wildest imaginings.
Check out a really great, 14-minute long interview/preview of his show at Broadway World.