Why I Like Wolverine’s Character

Wolverine is my favorite X-Men character and that is entirely because of Hugh Jackman. No surprise there. But, can you even imagine anyone else playing Wolverine? I can’t. Few actors can convey the character as well as Hugh does, with both such intensity and sensitivity – believe you me, I’ve really thought this through!

Hugh Jackman is the reason I’ve seen all of the X-Men movies. I grew to like even the ones where he’s not in the cast. My favorites, you guessed it, are the Wolverine trilogy: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, and Logan.

Wolverine is someone who’s very strong. Not only physically – I mean, he can even tear a whole toilet in two with those adamantium claws, rate that! – but he’s also very mentally strong. I don’t want to give any spoilers away if you’re not familiar with his backstory, but he has been through a lot of heartbreak. This is explored in the first movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

I mean, I get it. I get why he had to be strong in his life and move away from his half-brother, Victor. Actually, Victor is like a symbol of the animalistic nature in Wolverine, one that he has fought so hard against. Moreover, he has been manipulated and experimented on, and all of this he handled with such integrity.

Of course, he has made some mistakes, but he has a good heart and this shows throughout all the movies. He’s a great mentor to the younger mutants, he’s always trying to protect them when Magento and his army attack. But I’m not saying anything more so as to not spoil it for you.

I keep fantasizing about a Wolverine musical. Can they do that? Hugh is a marvelous singer, as seen in Les Misérables and The Greatest Showman, but it also may turn out to be a major flop, I haven’t decided yet. My friend Jessa and I keep joking about this and making up lyrics and songs that Wolverine would sing, they’re terrible, haha! And we both hate Victor in the first movie, he’s the worst.

Sometimes I wonder what the world would be like if mutants really existed. It looks very cool on screen, but also kinda scary. Imagine meeting someone who can control the weather, or electrical devices. Or someone who has wings on their back or laser eyes. Freaky.

But, for now, I have my favorite Wolverine movies and I actually think I’m gonna watch Logan tonight. So, that’s on the menu.

Let me know what you think!

Fun Viewing with Friends

Blogs are about anything. They reflect your personal views, life experiences, and the music or people you admire. So why not a blog about the very talented Mr. Hugh Jackman—singer, actor, producer extraordinaire. There isn’t any dance or song he can’t do. I love when he hosts award shows.

One thing a big fan does is share the love. I show his films to friends on special occasions. I have a vast collection from the older Wolverine and X Men to the new The Greatest Showman. Les Misérables and The Prestige are always on hand. I could write a review on each one, but I won’t. I am more interested in telling you what a fiasco the latest movie night was. I had gotten the snacks ready and the CD was set out on the table. Friends were due to arrive within the hour. I always get excited about sharing Hugh. Meanwhile, however, I needed to take a shower and was ready to jump in when I discovered—no hot water! Drat! No, the electricity had not gone out nor a breaker switched off. Oh, how I wish I had listened to my mother and had replaced the old monster tank with one of these tankless models. I had to rush around and find a repairman who would come at the last minute. I couldn’t even ask the fee.

Everyone was surprised that I wasn’t dressed and that the plumber was still there. Needless to say we had to delay the movie. I just said “talk amongst yourselves.” And so they did. They looked at my memorabilia and film inventory. Too bad I couldn’t join in. But it all ended well an hour later when the title rolled across the screen and Hugh’s gorgeous face made an appearance.

Favorite Hugh Jackman Films

There are so many reasons to like a lot of Hugh Jackman’s filmography. He picks some really great roles, sometimes even when the movie is not the best or something that you would typically watch. I thought I would run down a couple that I really like so that you can check them out if you haven’t already.

I don’t think I could start a list like this without Wolverine being at the top. Seventeen years is a long time to play one character, even if it was spread across nine films (if you count uncredited cameos, which I do). It is hard to imagine anybody else wearing the claws, and I hope that they go with X-23 instead of a replacement. The part required both athleticism and emotional talent, which Hugh embodied so well. Wolverine is probably one of Marvel’s most successful on-screen heroes, and that is mostly thanks to the way Hugh portrayed him.

If you are talking straight up acting roles, you can never go wrong with Hugh Jackman as a romantic lead. Whether we’re talking about a time traveling Duke as in Kate & Leopold, a roommate and all around nice guy in Someone Like You… or a trio of romantic leads in The Fountain, he is always a pleasure to watch. He’s very believable as the guy you’d want to fall in love with or as the man devoted to his wife. At least for the latter, it is probably easy for him to pull off because it is true! I will say that my favorite romantic movie is Kate & Leopold because it is quirky and funny and all around interesting. The casting was spot on and makes for a really great film in an otherwise forgettable genre.

He is also able to play roles that are more emotional. My favorite of these is The Prestige. It is a dark and tragic movie. It is awful watching him lose more and of himself as his quest for revenge swallows him up. The role is serious, running a huge range of emotions, and almost over-the-top vindictive. Yet Hugh’s acting makes a hard-to-follow story incredibly easy to watch, especially with repeated viewings.

I saved the musical parts for last. I think of those, I always enjoyed his appearances at the Tony Awards, especially as host. I was never a fan of Les Misérables, but he did a fantastic job as Jean Valjean – his appearance, with the weight gain and loss in itself is awe-inspiring. But my favorite musical performance of his would be in The Greatest Showman. He really looked like he was having a good time playing the character and performing as P.T. Barnum. The songs and performances are a sheer joy to watch, and I think he had a big part in that spirit being present on the set. However, if you really want to see him doing a great performance in a musical, see if you can find the 1999 TV movie Oklahoma! You might already be familiar with the play and his character, Curly, but it is a real treat to watch.

Did I leave out your favorite role? Let me know in the comments and have your own say.

My The Greatest Showman Review

I have to say, I am not typically a fan of musicals. I heard really good things about this movie from other Hugh Jackman fans, though, so I was totally willing to put my prejudice aside and watch the film to appreciate some more of the incredible talents of Hugh. From the opening moments, though, I had a big smile on my face.

I thought it was an interesting choice to have contemporary music that went along with a period piece. In a way, it reaffirmed that he was ahead of his time. And my biggest issue with musicals often is that life is not really people bursting into song all the time. But the way The Greatest Showman works, the music almost feels natural– everything is music: the stomping feet of the crowd, the trains passing by, a bottle sliding down a bar, the clank of coins. It made the songs that took place outside of the circus a little more realistic.

A few of my favorite moments: the song Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron sing together in the bar before they become partners, the “This Is Me” song (which won the film a Golden Globe for Best Original Song), the conversation between the critic and Hugh in the rubble of the museum, and “This is the Greatest Show”. But mostly I loved the upbeat spirit and positive message, which is something that we all need more in this world. As I said in the first paragraph, I was smiling almost the whole time.

This is the perfect movie for Hugh Jackman. It showcases his humanity and his charisma while giving him an opportunity to show off his amazing singing voice and dancing skills. He does not seem to be playing a part. You believe he really is P.T. Barnum. It is a phenomenal role and he was clearly up for the challenge.

This was a pet project of Hugh’s that took years to get off the ground. He did an amazing amount of research to prepare for the role, handpicked the director, and pushed to get it made. It was, essentially, a labor of love. You can really feel that as you watch it. It wasn’t entirely accurate as far as the life of P.T. Barnum went, but for me the theatrics of the film outweigh the downside of being completely factual. It captures the things people loved about going to the circus, about finding your tribe, about creating something magical simply for the beauty and the joy of it.

I have to give a lot of credit also to the costume designers, the songwriters, the musicians, and the choreographers. I really enjoyed it, and it was not just because I really liked watching Hugh in it – although he was incredible! While it was hit or miss with critics, it did very well at the box office – the third highest grossing musical ever. If you haven’t seen it yet, whether you a fan of Hugh Jackman or musicals or not, give it a try. You might find you really like it!

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!