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Hugh Jackman (born 12.10.1968) is an Australian actor, best known for his role as Wolverine in X-Men.
Childhood: Hugh Jackman was born in Sydney, Australia. His parents, Grace Watson and Chris Jackman were English and Hugh was the youngest of five siblings. His mother left when Hugh was just eight years old and the children lived with their father, who was a Cambridge University-educated accountant.
Whilst studying at Knox Grammar School, Hugh starred in a production of My Fair Lady. He graduated from the University of Technology in Sydney with a BA in Communications, and a major in journalism.
Using money left to him by his grandmother, Jackman attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He graduated in 1994.
Early Acting Career: Hugh Jackman's earliest film credits were in Paperback Hero and Erskineville Kings. His stage work includes performances in Beauty and the Beast and Sunset Boulevard. In 1998, his established himself in the UK when he played Curly in the Royal National Theatre production of Oklahoma!
In 2006, Hugh Jackman was chosen to replace Russell Crowe in Australia, the Baz Luhrmann film that also starred Nicole Kidman.
Big Break: Hugh Jackman's breakthrough came when he was chosen to play Wolverine in the Bryan Singer adaptation of the comic book series, X-Men. He later returned to the role in the two sequels, X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand.
In 2001, Hugh Jackman was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role in Kate & Leopold, in which he was the male lead. That year, he also starred in Swordfish, a film that also starred John Travolta and Halle Berry, his X-Men co-star.
In 2004, Jackman took the lead role in the vampire movie Van Helsing.
2005 saw Jackman undertake his most challenging film role to date. In The Fountain, Jackman played three different roles and has stated in interviews that it was both physically and emotionally demanding.
Hugh Jackman's next film appearance was in the 2006 film The Prestige, which featured performances from Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine.
2006 also saw Hugh provide voices for two animated movies, Happy Feet and Flushed Away.
Hugh Jackman was cited as a potential James Bond actor, but lost out on the role, to Daniel Craig
Personal Life: In 1996, Hugh Jackman married Deborra-Lee Furness. They had met on the set of Correlli, Jackman's first TV acting role. After Furness suffered two miscarriages, the couple adopted two children, Oscar (b.2000) and Eva (b.2005). The family live in Melbourne.
X-Men Apocalypse comes as the ninth instalment in the X-Men film series and stars Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy as Raven and Professor X. The X-Men are made up of a subspecies of humans that are born with superhuman abilities and are able to perform acts that are considered not normal for the average human.
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This closing chapter of the First Class trilogy falls into the same trap as The Last Stand, the final part in the original X-Men trilogy: it shifts the focus from character detail and social commentary into a more standard effects-heavy action brawl. There's still a lot of strong character detail, and a big story that can't help but be entertaining. But it's impossible to escape the feeling that the film's scale is far bigger than it needed to be.
It's now 1983, and while Professor X (James McAvoy) works with Hank (Nicholas Hoult) to set up his school for young mutants, his old friend and nemesis Erik (Michael Fassbender) has started a family in a rural corner of Poland. But he can't hide forever. Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) is roaming the world helping mutants where she can, meeting the teleporting Kurt (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in Berlin before heading to Cairo. There, CIA operative Moira (Rose Byrne) has just uncovered a bizarre underground cult that has revived the ancient super-mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who immediately sets out on a quest to cleanse the planet and start over again. He needs four assistants, and the question is which of the X-Men will go over to the dark side.
This is the third comic book movie in a row about superheroes fighting each other, after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. And it's similarly enormous (all three films are around two-and-a-half hours long), with mammoth battles that don't quite make logical sense but are compelling enough that the audience goes with them. This film has a bit more emotional depth, including back-stories that have been developed with unusual complexity. But some characters fall through the cracks.
Continue reading: X-Men: Apocalypse Review
Young actor Tye Sheridan feared he'd blown his chances of landing a dream role in the new X-Men movie after driving a friend's Porsche into the back of a Jaguar on his way to the audition.
The 19-year-old was on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, racing to get to the X-Men: Apocalypse try-out on time when he ran into traffic and rear-ended another motorist driving an expensive Jag.
"I'm on the 405 going south and there's just so much traffic, bumper to bumper, and I'm thinking I'm going to be late," Tye tells Hero magazine. "I've been in the car an hour, running the lines in my head, I'm kinda out of it... I snap back into reality (and) I just f**king rear-ended someone.
"I step out of the car and this guy is driving a Jaguar; he gets out and he's like, 'What the f**k?' I thought, 'This is so bad, I'm going to miss my audition, I just blew X-Men, it's gone...'"
Continue reading: Tye Sheridan Caught Up In Sports Car Smash-up En Route To X-men Audition
British comedian Stephen Merchant is making the leap into Hollywood blockbusters after landing a role in the forthcoming Wolverine 3.
The Office co-creator, known for his work with Ricky Gervais, is the latest name to join the cast of the X-Men spin off, in which Hugh Jackman, 47, will once again reprise his role as metal-clawed mutant superhero Logan/Wolverine, reports Deadline.com.
Few details about Merchant's role have been released, but he won't be the only Brit on board, as Richard E. Grant has also signed up to play a "villainous mad-scientist type" in the new instalment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Narcos star Boyd Holbrook, 34, will also portray a bad guy, while franchise regular Patrick Stewart will return as X-Men leader Professor X.
Continue reading: Stephen Merchant Joins Cast Of Wolverine 3
Richard E. Grant has been cast as a villain in upcoming movie Wolverine 3.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 58-year-old actor will play a "villainous mad-scientist type" in the new instalment, which will see Hugh Jackman, 47, once again reprise his role as metal-clawed mutant Logan/ Wolverine.
It appears that the British star isn't the only bad guy that will feature in the narrative; it was recently revealed that Narcos star Boyd Holbrook, 34, has been cast as the driven and demanding head of security that will face off against Wolverine.
Also joining Boyd and Richard in the cast line-up is former Star Trek star Patrick Stewart, who is set to return as the X-Men leader Professor X.
Continue reading: Richard E. Grant Joins Cast Of Wolverine 3
Hugh Jackman paid a sweet tribute to his wife Deborra Lee-Furness on Monday (11Apr16) as they celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.
The Australian star marked the special occasion by taking to Instagram.com to share a black-and-white photo of the couple on its wedding day in Melbourne back in 1996. In the image, Hugh, who is pictured wearing glasses, smiles widely as Deborra, dressed in a low-cut gown, beams beside him.
"20 years ago on this day..." the actor captioned the sweet snap.
Hugh, 47, and Deborra, 60, who met on the set of Australian TV show Correlli in 1995, share two adopted children, Oscar and Ava.
Continue reading: Hugh Jackman Celebrates 20th Wedding Anniversary
The British comedy Eddie the Eagle tells the true story of ski jumper Eddie Edwards who came in dead last at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
Designed as a crowd-pleaser, the film has an infectious energy that wins over the audience because it never takes itself seriously. Costar Hugh Jackman, who plays Eddie's coach Bronson, says that this tone is called "being English".
"The movie has that kind of British Full Monty quality," he explains. "If you're too earnest and on the nose in England, it's never a good thing. And I don't think Eddie would've liked it, to be honest. I think he enjoyed having a good laugh, and if anyone ever in sports has shown it's OK to have a little bit of a laugh at yourself, it's Eddie."
Continue reading: Eddie The Eagle Tapped Into Hugh Jackman's Inner Underdog
The entire Eddie the Eagle filming schedule was set around Hugh Jackman.
The 47-year-old actor plays former ski jumper Bronson Peary in the film, which stars Taron Egerton as Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards. The film has already received rave reviews from critics, with many particularly praising Hugh's role.
However, director Dexter Fletcher has revealed they had only six weeks to shoot with Hugh after he decided to sign up for the movie.
"Hugh is a genuinely nice guy," Dexter said during an interview on British morning show Lorraine on Friday (01Apr16). "He had a very small window of availability but he read the script and he was excited and passionate about it and wanted to be involved so we built the whole schedule around him really - he had six weeks when we could use him and unfortunately it was the end of winter, so we went out to Germany to film but all the snow was melting which created its own problems to create a ski film with no snow."
Continue reading: Hugh Jackman's Tiny Eddie The Eagle Shooting Window
Based on the true story of an unapologetic underdog who never won anything, this British comedy is a shameless crowd-pleaser. Eddie Edwards won the hearts of fans worldwide by coming in dead last at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, and the cast and crew follow his journey with buckets of humour and emotion, plus some seriously exhilarating ski jumping. And like its central character, the film is awkward, good-hearted and impossible not to love.
Eddie (Taron Egerton) grew up obsessed with becoming an Olympian even though he has no talent for sport. He manages to become a regional downhill skiing champion, but is so annoying that the head of the British Olympics Team (Tim McInnerny) changes the rules to disqualify him. So at 22 he instead decides to become Britain's only ski jumper. He moves to Germany to train on his own, meeting the jaded ex-jumper Bronson (Hugh Jackman) and persistently convincing him to offer some coaching tips. And as the Olympics officials keep raising the bar for membership on the team, Eddie improves just enough to qualify. His father (Keith Allen) thinks he should give up, but his mother (Jo Hartley) quietly offers support. And it's Eddie's sheer tenacity that gets him to Calgary.
Director Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill) tells this story as a high-energy comedy centred on a dorky young man who simply won't take no for an answer. Egerton plays Eddie with perhaps too many physical tics, but exudes so much goofy charm that it's easy to see how he won over the people around him, and the global audience watching the Olympics. His interaction with everyone he meets on this journey is barbed and hilarious, and his joy at each small achievement is infections. Egerton also generates terrific chemistry with Jackman in one of his most enjoyable roles yet. It's hugely entertaining to watch this grouchy loser be begrudgingly coaxed out of his shell by Eddie's boundless enthusiasm.
Continue reading: Eddie The Eagle Review
Hugh Jackman has shared his secret to a long and happy marriage.
The X-Men star, who has been married to his wife Deborra-lee Furness, 60, for nearly 20 years, revealed his top tip during a live interview with Australian morning show Sunrise on Wednesday (30Mar16).
When asked if there was a slogan he lived his life by, the action man admitted how important it is to prioritise his wife's happiness above all else.
"The most important one, is drummed into me everyday. Happy wife, happy life. That's the slogan. We're about to celebrate our 20th (anniversary)," he beamed.
Continue reading: Hugh Jackman Reveals Secret To A Happy Marriage
Date of birth
12th October, 1968
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