There’s a great new – albeit short – interview by New York Magazine on the launch of Laughing Man Coffee. Hugh Jackman is asked about his inspiration behind this new charity. He also talks about his current favorite restaurants and jokes about who he wants his son, Oscar, to marry in the future. (Hint: the wedding would no doubt be filled with wonderful food.) Check out an excerpt below, then head to the source for more. It’s also been added to the press archive.
Was it [Jean-Georges] who inspired Laughing Man?
Paul Newman did, actually. Eight years ago, I read the book written by his partner, and at that point, I thought, some day, I’d like to start that sort of business that gives back and has longevity. In every way, I look up to Paul Newman. From acting, to the way he handled himself; he’s just authentic. We want to make money and create jobs, but the profits after that, entirely going to charity.
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X-Men star Jackman was also asked what reception the Queen will get when she flies to Canberra.
He replied: “They love her there, the only issue I know is she cannot make every city.
“Even the republicans, the ones in Australia who want to see Australia move on, still have great respect and love for the Queen. I’ve never heard anyone say different.”
When asked what it was like to be at the palace, he joked: “As an Aussie it feels weird, I’m just waiting to get thrown out.”
In the palace’s opulent white drawing room the Australian celebrities gathered to be introduced to the Queen, Duke and Earl of Wessex, with the monarch showing no signs of her illness.
In the line-up alongside Macpherson and Jackman were actor and singer Jason Donovan, and Revel Horwood, but veteran entertainer Rolf Harris was missing – due to illness believed to be a cold.
The royal couple chatted to the Australian stars for a few minutes and shared a joke with the group before they greeted all their guests, who numbered almost 350, in turn.
Jackman said after meeting the Queen: “She was talking about the flight (to Australia), about travelling. I wanted to ask her if she was stopping off but didn’t think I was meant to ask questions.
“I did say ‘have a great trip to Australia’ and she said ‘thank you, I’m excited about it’.”
He joked about Macpherson, whose bikini-clad form appeared many times in American magazine Sports Illustrated, saying: “It’s always good to stand next to Elle.”
Hugh Jackman wasn’t planning to do much to celebrate his 43 birthday on Wednesday. After the morning launch event for his new charity-supporting coffee company, Laughing Man Coffee & Tea, at ABC Kitchen in New York, he would be stuck on a plane to London — but instead he got a birthday surprise!
While it was early for a frosting-covered cake, Hugh was all smiles when his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, friends and business partners surprised him by singing happy birthday and giving him a candle-covered cake.
It was the second birthday cake in less than 24 hours for Hugh. His wife Deborra-Lee told OK! that she and Hugh celebrated the night before with their two kids Oscar and Ava.
“It was our dream night!” she told OK!. “We stayed at home with the kids and had birthday cake.”
The Reel Steel actor looked fit and trim at the event – despite having indulged in two slices of Magnolia Bakery’s banana cake.
“I love it — it’s my favorite cake!” Hugh told OK!.
A couple of weeks ago, there was a contest held for one special fan to talk to Hugh Jackman as part of the Real Steel press run. A woman named Rena Jenkins won and conducted a great, informative interview that’s now online. There’s standard fare about the film and Hugh’s boxing lessons, plus some bonus facts like his opinion on hip-hop (especially the artist, Eminem), playing pranks on set, and what’s next on his bucket list. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source, where you can also drop off a comment congratulating her on the win and successful interview. It’s also been added to the press archive (which now has a brand new layout!).
During the filming of Real Steel I heard that you and director Shawn Levy went to an Eminem concert. There’s an Eminem song in the movie, and played in the trailer for Real Steel. Can we assume that you two are big fans of his?
I think Eminem is extraordinary, and one of the greatest live acts I’ve ever seen. I’m a real fan of live music, but if I go to a concert and I feel that I’m just getting their CD, basically, played for me, it bores me. I would prefer to just listen to it. But he, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre: It was one of the most electrifying nights I’ve ever been a part of. I was actually ushered to this area and I went behind the stage and just watching Dr. Dre get ready to go onstage, it was kind of like watching a prizefighter getting ready for a big fight. There’s just so much that they put in to every song. And Eminem, he’s just, oh my God, he’s just the consummate performer. A professional. And everything comes from an honest place. Comes from his heart. That’s what I like about him.
Were there any practical jokes played on you during the filming?
I played a few on Dakota. He was saying to me the other day that he played one on me, but I can’t remember it, so it can’t have been that good. I can’t think of any offhand … But I’ve heard, don’t do a film with Mel Gibson. He is the king. He is the king of practical jokes.
I had not heard that. I had heard Brad Pitt and some other guys. Why is it always guys playing the practical jokes?
Because we’re just little boys, basically. We never grow up. And in an actor that’s allowed [laughs].
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Here’s a cute and fun new video featuring Hugh Jackman and MTV’s “After Hours” host, Josh Horowitz. Hugh is tested on whether or not he’s a true New Yorker, after having lived in the city for quite some time now. He names the “Sex and the City” girls (sort of), guesses what neighborhood Spider-Man lives in, does his best Woody Allen impersonation, and talks about his favorite Central Park treat.