Hugh Jackman has admitted that he still regrets turning down a starring role in 2002 film Chicago.
The 42-year-old Australian actor was offered the lead role of Billy Flynn – which eventually went to Richard Gere – but turned it down because he felt that he was too young to look convincing.
The film, which also starred Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger, won six Academy Awards and Jackman said that he still regrets his decision to this day.
‘I turned down the movie Chicago because I was too young for the part, which Richard Gere played,’ he explained to OK! magazine.
‘I’d always wanted to do a movie musical and this one came along relatively early in my career but I thought I was too young as there was one line when he said, ‘I’ve seen it all, kid,’ and I was about 30 so I thought, how am I going to sell that line, it didn’t make sense to me.
‘A year later it went on to win all the Oscars and I remember thinking that perhaps a little bit of makeup could have worked.’
Hugh Jackman, who was at the Alice studios earlier today, talked to DJs Sarah and Vinnie. The interview consists of Hugh’s upcoming shows at the Curan Theatre in San Francisco, his role in X-Men, and more. Check it out at their website here.
Candids > 2011 > 20 April
Hugh Jackman is currently in London for the Live Below The Line campaign launch and charity, but he also took some time out of his day to meet up with ET correspondent, Jane Seymour. He joined Jane on the royal wedding bus to talk about his connection to royalty and more on his new charity. Check out the video below.
Candids > 2011 > 15 April
Deadline is reporting that DreamWorks has already asked Real Steel screenwriter, John Gatins, to pen a sequel to the film that has yet to be released. Supposedly test screenings have been strong, bringing in positive enough feedback to go ahead with a sequel. Not to mention, it also gives a lot of great publicity for when Real Steel is finally released October 7th. View the trailer for the film below.
On April 13th, Hugh Jackman stopped by the Fresh From The Garden Gala to benefit HeathCorps Gala to receive an accolade in his name. He was there with his wife, Deborra-Lee. OK! reported on the night, including Hugh’s speech:
Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee pop into the Fresh From The Garden Gala to benefit HealthCorps Wednesday for 35 minutes to accept an accolade. Why? Their kids are waiting at home!
For the couple who celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary earlier this week, staying together means meeting each other’s needs.
“It probably helps that we met before we went to Hollywood, and we’re never away from each other for more than two weeks,” the Aussie actor, 42, says inside the gala held at Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in NYC. “And we make each other a priority.”
He’s also mindful of not sharing embarrassing tidbits about his family, which includes son Oscar, 10, and daughter Ava, 5.
He stops himself just as he’s about to tell me a funny story about his little ones.
“Well, my daughter was talking … actually, no, I can’t tell that one.”
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Hugh Jackman is no longer in the running for the upcoming film, Snow White And The Huntsman. This news comes just after one week it was announced he was offered the part of the Huntsman. Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron are still attached to the project.
Candids > 2011 > 12 April