Hollywood is full of prima donnas, rehab regulars and self-absorbed eccentrics. That’s why it’s refreshing to see a Hollywood star like Hugh Jackman – a genuinely nice person who has succeeded on his own terms. Here are some Hugh Jackman facts that will make you like this versatile Aussie actor even more:
1. He works hard to make his characters believable
To play the father in “Prisoners”, he studied sleep deprivation. To play “Wolverine”, he looked at early Mike Tyson fights to “understand the animal rage”. For “Swordfish”, he took stunt driving lessons.
2. He’s secure enough in his own manhood to admit he loves musicals
Hugh has been hooked on musicals since he saw “Man of La Mancha” at age ten. He starred in “Oklahoma”, and won an award for his portrayal of Joe Gillis in “Sunset Boulevard”.
3. He’s cool enough to be considered for the part of James Bond
Jackman was on the shortlist of actors to play James Bond in “Casino Royale” (2009), a role that eventually went to his friend Daniel Craig.
4. He gives generously to charities
Some of the charities Jackman has supported include the Bone Marrow Institute of Australia, the Art of Elysium, the MPTV Fund Foundation and the Global Poverty Project. He is also an ambassador for World Vision.
5. He’s not afraid to talk about how much he loves his wife
Jackman has said that although he can be a bit indecisive at times, he was always 100% sure about marrying his wife (Deborah Furness), whom he met on the set of the Australian TV series “Correlli” in 1995.
6. He makes hosting award shows look easy
Jackman has hosted the Tony Awards three times (to glowing reviews), and received a standing ovation for his introductory song and dance number while hosting the 81st Academy Awards.
7. He hasn’t let the fact that he’s nearsighted get in the way of his career
Without his contact lenses, Jackman has a very blurry vision, but you would never know he has any eyesight issues by watching his films.
8. His career was inspired by Indiana Jones
Hugh first realized how amazing movies could be when he saw “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at age twelve.
9. He is able to use fear as a positive force
Hugh feels that when people back down from fear, it diminishes them, so he purposely takes on the roles that intimidate him the most. He has turned down parts for many reasons (for example, at 34, he felt he was too young to play Richard Gere’s part in “Chicago”), but he doesn’t ever want fear to be one of those reasons.
10. When he was getting in shape to play the role of Wolverine, he didn’t mess around
The strict diet and physical training required to play the character of Wolverine demanded a tremendous amount of discipline – and those impressive muscles weren’t just for show. At the peak of his gym training, Jackman could bench press over 300 pounds.