Hugh Jackman Tribute
To celebrate Hugh Jackman’s birthday, I have decided he deserves to join the select list of people that have gotten a tribute on this blog, focusing on seven roles I have enjoyed him in, a few facts and a few funny videos. Enjoy!
Favourite Seven Performances
Les Miserables | Jean Valjean
This is one of my favourite films/musicals of all, and Jackman is the perfect Valjean. He was so dedicated to this role that he went without water for 36 hours to prepare himself for the opening scene of “Look Down”. If there is one musical that you watch in your lifetime, make is Les Miserables. Here is his rendition of “Who Am I?”, which is my favourite Valjean song from the film/musical.
The Prestige | Robert Angier
A quote from my review of The Prestige: “I love everything about magic and illusions, so The Prestige was right up my street. Alfred (Bale) and Danton (Jackman) are competing magicians in London and they attempt to outdo each other by thinking up even better tricks in a constant battle to be the best magician and performer in London. The film is presented in past and present, as they both read each other’s notebooks in the present while the past shows the origins of their rivalry and their battles as the past and present meet in a thrilling last 30 minutes which contains an incredible twist. The Prestige is a terrific and wondrous film that will have you absorbed from beginning to the end.”
Eddie the Eagle | Bronson Peary
Another quote from my review of Eddie the Eagle: “Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – and became one of Britain’s most famous Olympians. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach, Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. A funny and emotional film, which causes the audience to burst with pride as a result of Eddie’s tale.”
Flushed Away | Roddy St. James
“When a sewer rat named Sid (Shane Richie) comes spewing out of the sink and decides he’s hit the jackpot, Roddy (Jackman) schemes to rid himself of the pest by luring him into the “whirlpool.” Sid may be an ignorant slob, but he’s no fool, so it is Roddy who winds up being flushed away into the bustling sewer world of Ratropolis.” (IMDb)
Wolverine | Wolverine/Logan
Hugh Jackman IS Wolverine. He has played this role 8 times in various X-Men and Wolverine films. And recently, Jackman has said that the next Wolverine film (Logan) that is due to be released next year will be the last time he dons the famous claws.
Australia | Drover
“In 1939, the aristocratic Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) travels from Great Britain to Australia to meet her husband Maitland Ashley in northern Australia. The husband’s drover (Jackman) comes to the city of Darwin to bring Sarah to their farm; however, when they reach Faraway Downs Farm, they find that Maitland was murdered.” (IMDb)
Oklahoma! | Curly McLain
This was the first musical I ever saw, and the first time I got to witness Hugh’s acting. And to this day, I still sing “Oh What a beautiful morning” around the house. He was also nominated for an Olivier Award in the Best Actor in a Musical category.
| His eye-sight is so bad that he decided to memorise the entire script for the Tony’s to save himself from reading off the teleprompter.
| He is the founder of a charity coffee company where 100% of the profits go to worldwide education, community development, and new business development.
| He was unemployed for 13 seconds…he received a phone call for a professional role on an ABC drama series straight after his graduation performance.
Interview with Ryan Reynolds
Dancing with Michael Fassbender and James MacAvoy
On the GNS
There is my Hugh Jackman Tribute! Hope you enjoyed it, let me know your favourite Jackman film/role! 🙂