High-profile women were celebrated today, September 23rd, at Variety’s Power of Women event at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The ceremony served to honor women and their charitable efforts, including: Annette Benning (for her work with the Actors Fund), Eva Longoria (for Eva’s Heroes), Mary J. Blige (for her women’s advancement foundation), and Olivia Wilde (for helping with Artists for Peace & Justice). Director Adam Shankman was the emcee for the event, with special guest appearances by Kate Beckinsale, Viola Davis, and our very own Hugh Jackman.
There’s been a lot of speculation as to whether or not WWE star, Dolph Ziggler, really suffered from a “hairline mandibular fracture” (as stated on his official Twitter) after Hugh punched him at Raw on Monday, September 19th. WWE is, of course, known for staging many acts within the program, but a punch was really thrown, so there was a lot of talk about the severity of the injury. Here’s what Hugh told Entertainment Weekly about the incident:
“It was scripted that I would go for that punch,” Jackman tells EW. “But just before we went on, Dolph was yelling at me, ‘You hit me man! Just f—ing hit me!’ During rehearsal I said, ‘I’d like to do it, but I’ve spent 20 years pulling punches, trying not to hit. Trying to make it look real, but not really hit.’ He said, ‘There’s no way. There’s cameras everywhere, there’s crowd everywhere, there’s no way we can “whiff it,”‘ as they call it.”
“So I hit him,” Jackman shrugs. “He said, ‘Hit me as hard as you can.’ So I hit him pretty hard. And you can see it in my eyes. I watched [the clip] again, and you can see me going ‘Uh oh…’ a little. I’m acting like, ‘Yeah!’ but I’m really like, ‘S—, I kinda really clocked him in the jaw.’”
“The next day I read he really broke his jaw and I wasn’t surprised — but I don’t think he did,” Jackman continues, rolling his eyes. “He’s prone to exaggeration – which is why I hit him! Nah, just kidding!”
Jackman said he has been a wrestling fan since he was a kid. “What they do in the ring is real,” he says.
He puts his hands up. “I saw some faking that night, I’ll be deadly honest,” he says. “It’s scripted entertainment. But in that ring, and when you see them backstage getting warmed up, they get fired up. ‘You better f—ing hit me!’ They’re hitting each other backstage.”
A new brand of specialty coffee sponsored by Hugh Jackman has just been launched. Laughing Man Coffee supports local farmers using sustainable techniques to harvest their own coffee, tea, and chocolates. The effort was inspired by Dukale, a coffee farmer Hugh met during a trip to Ethiopia for World Vision. (You can check out the documentary, Seeds of Hope, on Vimeo.) If you’re interested in purchasing any of the products, visit the Laughing Man Coffee site right here.
More information on this new partnership, courtesy of Variety, can be read below:
It should come as no surprise that Hugh Jackman, the Tony award–winning triple threat—who performed a one-man show and promoted two of his films this year—is an avid coffee drinker. But his latest venture, Laughing Man coffee, has less to do with his love of caffeine and more with his desire to give back.
While on a trip to Ethiopia as a World Vision ambassador in 2009, Jackman befriended Dukale, a coffee farmer with an environmentally sustainable practice that supported his growing family. “I spent half a day working in the farm and learning the harvesting process, and I understood how hard his life is,” said Jackman from London, where he is promoting his latest film, Real Steel, “But I was also inspired. Despite the family’s hardships, they remained so positive, and were simultaneously doing great things for the environment.” Jackman returned from his trip, ready to act: “I promised Dukale I’d do whatever I could to support him, and farmers like him.”
Jackman made good on that promise, starting Laughing Man coffee, a company that teams up with farmers who focus on sustainable practices throughout the world to create coffee, tea, and chocolate. By paying farmers a premium for their high-end product, Laughing Man hopes to improve their lives and subsequently the well-being of their communities. “It’s great coffee,” says Jackman, “and I want people to buy it because it’s good, and they like it. The bonus here is that it will also give back.”
There are numerous videos coming out that include promotion for the upcoming Real Steel, but too many to make individual updates for. That said, here is a “master list” of some worthwhile press pieces from Toronto that are being released. I’ll add more if/when they’re uploaded, so check back!
Hugh Jackman will be making an appearance on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight… tonight, September 20th at 11:05pm (on CBC). The show has uploaded some teaser videos from the interview, filmed earlier today, in which Hugh talks about his appearance on WWE last night and spending time with – and learning from – the Aboriginal people in Australia.
Edit: You can now watch the entire interview on the official site. (No embedding, sorry!)