Bio of the Best Actor in the World!


Since this is a fan site, I thought I would write up a quick Hugh Jackman bio:

Hugh Jackman’s parents are English, but they moved to Australia shortly before he was born on October 12th, 1968. He has five older siblings. He earned a communications degree from the University of Technology Sydney and studied drama in Perth at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. There he was in several stage productions and musicals. The same night he performed for the last time there, in 1995, he received his first acting job. The role, as Kevin Jones in a drama series Correlli was big for him for two reasons. First, it was his first real acting job and it was a lead role. Second, the other lead, a psychologist named Louisa Correlli, became his future wife: they’ve been married since 1996! Unfortunately the show was canceled after only one season, but it allowed Jackman to move on to better things.

He had a few more stage and television roles, including a turn as Curly in the TV movie version of Oklahoma! which he got after a widely successful stint as the character performing onstage in London’s West End. He won an Olivier Award for this performance, and he has said that it is one of the highlights of his career.

Most people will recognize him as the part he played next – Wolverine, a character from the X-Men comics. Jackman was perfectl in this physically and emotionally demanding role. He returned to the part in several more X-Men movies as well as the stand alone films The Wolverine and Logan. After the second of which, he announced that he would be hanging up his claws and moving on.

Between X-Men films, he had a variety of other roles, with some highlights being: the romantic comedy Kate & Leopold, Von Helsing, The Prestige, Les Misérables, and Australia with Nicole Kidman. There were also some amazing stage performances during this time, notably The Boy from Oz, A Steady Rain, and several one-man shows. His skills on Broadway earned him the hosting job for several Tony Award shows, for which he received an Emmy. He returned to film to play the role of P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman, which combined acting and singing/dancing.

Aside from being a great actor and talented singer/dancer, he can play the guitar, the piano, and the violin. It almost seems unfair that somebody that good looking would also have so much talent. But there’s more. Hugh Jackman is – by all accounts – a nice guy. He helps entrepreneurs in developing countries by providing microcredit (which are very small loans). He has done work for the Global Poverty Project and raised money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. His philanthropy list is too long to go into detail, but I’ll just say he does a lot.

He’s also the father of two adopted children, a member of the School of Practical Philosophy, and a practitioner and advocate of Transcendental Mediation.

I hope you found this brief bio helpful!

Obsessed? No. A little too interested? Maybe….

I have a favorite actor. And I pay a lot of attention to articles about him, roles he plays, and things like that. So what. I can admire someone. Especially someone as talented, as professional, and as nice as Hugh Jackman. I mean, I don’t want to break up his marriage, and I am not about to scour the internet to find out where he is going to be so that I can show up there. I don’t want to invade his privacy – that’s what paparazzi are for. Honestly, if I saw him in the street, I might snap a really blurry picture with my phone because I’d be shaking, but that’s about it. Really, who am I kidding, I would probably faint. I probably would not even be brave enough to say something to him, nevermind ask to pose for a picture or something.

Hugh Jackman came to my attention when I saw Kate & Leopold. My older cousin wanted to watch it, as she is a big fan of chick flicks and said that it was a good one. I looked over who was in it and figured it couldn’t be all bad. And it was good, mostly because for some reason Hugh Jackman is so utterly believable in such a ridiculous role. Afterwards, I bought a copy of the movie for myself and looked up Hugh. I could not believe that it was the same guy who was in all those superhero movies – a genre that at the time, I was not really familiar with. But I got familiar with it really quickly, at least the ones with Wolverine in them anyway. I like the characters he plays. No matter the role, he always seems to really be that person. I think that is hard to pull off. Think about how many actors you see who, no matter the character, seem basically the same way. Now, I am not saying that they aren’t good actors. Some get typecast and that is the reason, and others probably have such strong personalities that it shines through no matter what costume they have on or what else is happening in the film. Anyway, I did a crash course in his back catalog and moved on from there.

I started reading about him, and I really liked the things I read. Every actor that he has worked with has praised his kindness, his dedication to the role, and his morals. In this era of Me Too, which has hit the film industry really hard, it is almost refreshing to hear about a guy who is married, faithful to his wife, a good dad, and who treats others on set with professionalism and care. I wish he didn’t seem like the odd guy out in that way, but I hope that others can take his lead and behave the same way.

Some of the parts he has chosen more recently have really displayed his natural talents. I can’t believe how talented he is. How is it fair that someone that good looking and great at acting can sing, play several instruments, and do all of those fight scenes in the X-Men movies too? The universe has been kind to him and also rewarded his determination and hard work. That, to me, is something worth striving for. So I don’t think I’m obsessed with Hugh Jackman. More like…I’m intrigued. And inspired.

Hugh as Wolverine

There is a reason the character of Wolverine is so popular. First of all, he is just so…cool. Who wouldn’t want to be able to heal themselves? Plus, Wolverine has been in almost every iteration of X-Men, from comics to animated series to films. Fans just want to see this character.

 

Stepping into the role of such a popular comic character was probably no easy thing. For one thing, fans of comic books are notoriously picky about who represents their beloved heroes and how the character translates in different mediums. Hugh Jackman was not really someone they were considering for the part (lucky for us, they weren’t the ones casting anybody).

 

To give them some slack, though, I will say that Hugh is not even physically right for the role – Wolverine is supposed to be significantly shorter than Hugh is. If you’re paying attention, you’ll see that over the course of the X-Men series, scenes with Wolverine have the camera angled down at him to make him appear smaller or he is shot from the waist up so you can’t tell how tall he is. When there are other characters in scenes with him, they often stood on platforms or wore shoes with lifts. All of these things helped create the allusion that Hugh was shorter than the other characters. Now, they probably could have just cast a shorter actor, but why pass up on somebody that talented?

 

For another thing, the part is physically demanding. Hugh studied lots of martial arts and wore his claws constantly to really feel like the character. He got into incredible shape and cut himself a bunch of times with the claws, but that’s the kind of dedication he has. He had a strict free weight workout regime and also followed a specific diet in order to get the physique you see on-screen. Oddly enough, there are reports that he actually hates working out, and that he sees it as all part of the job.

 

Wolverine is also hard to play. His character is very primal, almost feral, in nature. That means Wolverine is probably not going to share a lot of feelings or talk nonstop. That’s just not the way the character would operate. When you don’t have a lot of lines to express your character’s emotions, you have to rely on expressions, tone, and actions to convey what you want the audience to take away from your performance. Hugh studied a lot of other “strong, silent types” like Clint Eastwood to get an idea of how to pull off the tough guy act in a believable way. I think he did a pretty good job over the course of the 17 years he’s had the part, don’t you?

 

Sadly, he has repeatedly said Logan was his last time putting on the claws, despite fan disappointment and pleas from Ryan Reynolds, who plays Deadpool and really wants to do a crossover. It does not seem like a priority at the moment for Hugh, but let’s not rule it out long term!