The Telegraph has posted a great new article on Hugh Jackman, talking about a range of subjects. Most of it is information fans may already know about, but there’s the occasional tidbit that causes pause. For example, did you know he took singing lessons only two years ago to “relearn the wheel”? The article has been added to the press archive, although you can read an excerpt below and go straight to the source to read more:
Hugh Jackman has just wolfed down 12 ounces of filet mignon and steamed green beans. It’s 4pm, and this is his fifth meal of the day. One of Hollywood’s consummate shape-shifters, Jackman is currently beefing up to once again play Wolverine, animalistic star of the X-Men films. He tells me he has three different wardrobes, which he rotates according to the type of film he’s making: “thin suits, Hugh suits and fat suits”.
We meet in a creamy-coloured hotel suite in Beverly Hills. Jackman is wearing a T-shirt, dark jeans, and looks lean and chiselled. Unusually for an actor, he doesn’t take himself at all seriously and has not an ounce of self-consciousness. Which is a good thing, considering what his new film is about. Real Steel is set in a near-future in which giant robots box each other to the death for the entertainment of the masses. Jackman plays an underdog trainer rebuilding his relationship with his son as they work together on rebuilding a robot. Of course he does.
I know what you’re thinking, because I thought it too. But Real Steel is an unexpected delight, a mix of RoboCop and The Champ filled with heart, and Jackman’s screen charisma. It seems the man who makes Broadway hoofing seem macho can also give steel warmth.
Jackman understands my scepticism. “For a year and a half people have been saying to me, ‘What are you doing? A robot boxing movie?’” he says, turning his nose up in an expression of mock befuddlement. “But it’s a tale of redemption. My character gets a second chance but sometimes that second chance is more frightening than the first because you know what to expect.” Does he mean he’s more comfortable with pain than with trying to succeed?
“Exactly. That’s what fascinated me about Charlie [his character], and that’s what happens to all of us. We repeat behaviour and start blaming everything outside ourselves for why things are going this way. It’s much easier dealing with disappointment.” Does he think he’s ever done that? “Yeah. In some ways we’re all like that.” He searches unprompted for an example. “This is the first thing that comes to mind. I’ve been asked a couple of times to sing and I get quite nervous.”
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Even more snippets from an interview with Collider have surfaced, this time about Broadway. Hugh Jackman talks about his upcoming one-man show at the Broadhurst, his experiences in the theater over the years, and even provides some additional information on the much-anticipated musical on P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman on Earth. Check out the snippets below:
On choosing songs for his one-man show:
“It took me a year [to choose which songs I would perform]. My overall goal was that I desperately wanted to sing these songs. So the whole show would have a thing for me where if I’m busy and let’s say I have two weeks off, I would be like ‘I really want to go do this show for a week.’ rather than ‘Okay. I’m doing this show.’ It was really important to me to really choose stuff that I love and not just stuff that I thought people would love. I have an eclectic kind of…there is some musical theater from stuff that I’ve done and there’s stuff that I have wanted to do that I haven’t done. There are also standards, rock and roll, and a little bit of everything.”
On what drew him to Broadway and the difference between other theaters:
“I’m lucky to have worked in theater all over the world, but there’s something magical about Broadway. The audiences are smart, they’re educated. They go in ready and they’re up for it, they’re up for the party. It’s a whole different atmosphere. A lot of the other places where you do theater you have a feeling that you have to win them over. There’s little bit of them sitting on their hands. In Broadway, if they don’t like you, they’ll let you know early on. But then they’re like ‘Alright. Let’s go. We’re ready for a good night.’ There’s some combination between that, the history, the proximity of all of these theaters, and the community that exists in the theater – it’s just amazing. There’s actually footage of me somewhere in 1996 when I was doing a musical down in Australia. They sent me to New York to do a column piece, it was like an Australian 60 Minutes. There’s footage of me in Times Square being a dickhead going, ‘Can you believe this?! Look at this! Maybe one day…’ So you have to be careful what you wish for.”
On The Greatest Showman on Earth:
“[It’s] this idea of a Barnum type character, that story about him, which I’ve always found fascinating, but not using the Cy Coleman music that was there, finding new music, finding a different way to tell the story. That came to me and I thought, ‘This is a great idea.’ I thought it would be a great part to play. There is a script, but there is no music yet. So it’s fair to say that it’s a long ways off.”
Sounds like Hugh Jackman isn’t going to have any dietary plans for the upcoming Les Miserables, saying that he’ll “eat whatever [he] wants.” He also mentions a possible appearance in “Glee” yet again in a new article, as read below:
Hugh Jackman is no stranger to countless hours in the gym and shoveling heaps of protein in his mouth for his roles, but for the upcoming big screen version of the musical Les Miserables, the actor will enjoy some dietary freedom.
“Tom Hooper from The King’s Speech is directing it,” Hugh told AccessHollywood.com’s Laura Saltman at the Real Steel Los Angeles premiere on Sunday when asked about his next project. “I’m very excited about that.”
The actor, who plays Jean Valjean in the musical, is looking forward to letting go of his usual big screen beefcake status.
“I have to kind of age 19 years during the movie, which is pretty much how you feel during a movie, so it should just be all natural,” Hugh explained. “But this time, instead of eating steamed chicken during the movie, I’ll just eat whatever I want. Perfect. You’ll see me at the craft table!”
Fans might also be seeing the actor in another musical setting.
“Someone asked me the other day if I would be on ‘Glee,’ and I said, ‘Yeah.’ I’m trained to say yes to everything.’ We’ll see,” he said. “[Matthew Morrison] is fantastic. I’m a big fan of his… I’ll use [Les Mis] as a warm up [for ‘Glee.’]”
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.”