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Hugh Jackman [12]


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Born:October 12, 1968 (49)
Filmography Rating:7.55 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.20 / 10
Amazon Rating:3.98 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:72.04%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
X-Men [2000](32) => Logan / Wolverine
Kate & Leopold [2001](33) => Leopold
Kate & Leopold: Director's Cut [2001](33) => Leopold
X2 (X-Men 2: X-Men United) [2003](35) => Logan / Wolverine
Van Helsing [2004](36) => Van Helsing
X-Men: The Last Stand [2006](38) => Wolverine / Logan
X-Men Origins: Wolverine [2009](41) => Wolverine / Logan
X-Men: First Class [2011](43) => Logan / Wolverine (uncredited)
The Wolverine [2013](45) => Logan
X-Men: Days of Future Past [2014](46) => Logan / Wolverine
X-Men: Apocalypse [2016](48) => Logan (uncredited)
Logan [2017](49) => Logan

Trivia that mentions this person:
Kate & Leopold [2001]
  • Hugh Jackman took etiquette lessons from [?] Jane Gibson, the 19-century etiquette expert who trained the actors for Sense and Sensibility and other such period pieces. He also studied ballroom dancing and trained to ride a horse for the film.
  • When Meg Ryan knew that Hugh Jackman was going to spend his wedding anniversary alone, she phoned his wife to invite her to dinner. Reportedly, Jackman had to spend the day working.
  • Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber would later co-star as mortal enemies Wolverine and Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
    Kate & Leopold: Director's Cut [2001]
  • Hugh Jackman took etiquette lessons from [?] Jane Gibson, the 19-century etiquette expert who trained the actors for Sense and Sensibility and other such period pieces. He also studied ballroom dancing and trained to ride a horse for the film.
  • When Meg Ryan knew that Hugh Jackman was going to spend his wedding anniversary alone, she phoned his wife to invite her to dinner. Reportedly, Jackman had to spend the day working.
  • Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber would later co-star as mortal enemies Wolverine and Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
    Kate & Leopold: Double Version [2001]
  • Hugh Jackman took etiquette lessons from [?] Jane Gibson, the 19-century etiquette expert who trained the actors for Sense and Sensibility and other such period pieces. He also studied ballroom dancing and trained to ride a horse for the film.
  • When Meg Ryan knew that Hugh Jackman was going to spend his wedding anniversary alone, she phoned his wife to invite her to dinner. Reportedly, Jackman had to spend the day working.
  • Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber would later co-star as mortal enemies Wolverine and Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
    Sahara [2005]
  • At first, Hugh Jackman was close to signing for the role of Dirk Pitt, and as of Summer 2001, filming was proposed to begin by October of that year. However, due to the 9/11 attacks, filming was postponed. It was later delayed again when Jackman was busy with X2, and he eventually pulled out so that he could appear on Broadway in The Boy From Oz. Some time later, Tom Cruise was reported to be attached to star as Dirk Pitt, but those rumors were quickly squashed.
    Van Helsing [2004]
  • Hugh Jackman had hair extensions added for filming.
  • During filming, Hugh Jackman accidentally broke an extra's hand.
  • The second-to-last scene of X2 (Cyclops, Wolverine, and Professor X discussing Jean Grey) was filmed while Hugh Jackman had a day off from this movie.
  • According to Elena Anaya, on her first day she was told that somebody would give her a cue to say her lines. That somebody turned out to be none other than Hugh Jackman at 5:30 in the morning.
    X-Men [2000]
  • Hugh Jackman had to undergo training from a hand-to-hand combat specialist to learn how to handle the Wolverine claws.
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine [2009]
  • Liev Schreiber was given a muscle suit to wear for his role as Victor Creed, similar to what Vinnie Jones (Juggernaut) wore in X-Men: The Last Stand, to make his physique look comparable to Hugh Jackman's 220 lb. figure. The suit made Schreiber feel "humiliated", and he requested for a chance to gain real muscle. He trained for three months while filming Defiance in Lithuania, and continued to train alongside Jackman during filming. Jackman also made Schreiber add a great deal of protein to his diet, which Schreiber called "the genocide of chickens." In the end Schreiber gained 40 lbs. and had to buy several new suits due to his back gaining several inches in width: "I can't fit into my favorite suit now! But I felt like I owed it to the genre to be big."
  • Karl Urban and Gerard Butler were both considered for the part of Victor Creed. Michelle Monaghan was offered the role of Silver Fox, but though she wanted to work with Hugh Jackman she had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. [?] Michael C. Hall was at one point considered for the role of William Stryker.
  • Tyler Mane, who played Sabretooth in X-Men, requested to reprise the role, but he was turned down by the filmmakers who wanted a younger actor for the prequel. Hugh Jackman recommended his Kate & Leopold co-star Liev Schreiber for the role of Sabretooth, describing him as having the necessary competitive streak to portray Sabretooth. During filming, they dared each other to perform more and more of their own stunts.
  • With this film, Hugh Jackman emerges as the first actor to be credited as playing a comic book hero in four consecutive films since Christopher Reeve as Superman. (Patrick Stewart also appears in this film and the 3 previous X-Men films, though his appearance is uncredited, with CGI used to make him appear younger, as was used in X-Men: The Last Stand.)
    X-Men: First Class [2011]
  • With Hugh Jackman's brief cameo as Logan/Wolverine in this film, he is now the first actor to ever play the same comic book superhero in five different movies. And it also makes him the only actor to appear in every single [X-Men] movie.
    X-Men: The Last Stand [2006]
  • Famke Janssen did much research on Dissociative Identity Disorder (i.e. "split personality") in order to make her performance with Hugh Jackman in the medical lab more realistic.
    The Wolverine [2013]
  • Guillermo del Toro expressed interest in directing, being a fan of the Japanese saga in the "Wolverine" comics. He met with [?] James Gianopulos and Hugh Jackman about directing the film, but ultimately decided he did not wish to spend 2-3 years of his life working on the film.
  • According to Hugh Jackman, Wolverine being surrounded by death while being unable to die due to his healing factor is a major theme in the film: "He realizes everyone he loves dies, and his whole life is full of pain. So it's better that he just escapes. He can't die really. He just wants to get away from everything."
  • Hugh Jackman said that with this film, he finally achieved the physique that he always envisioned in his mind that Wolverine should have. He said that for some reason, on each of his 5 prior takes at the character, he felt that he never had enough time to get in shape; for this film he finally had enough time, and got his body exactly the way he wanted it to look. Co-star Will Yun Lee also said that it was Jackman's best physique for the role of Wolverine.
  • To prepare for the role, Hugh Jackman contacted Dwayne Johnson for advice on bulking up for the movie. Johnson suggested Jackman could gain a pound a week over six months (24 weeks) by eating 6,000 calories a day of "an awful lot of chicken, steak and brown rice." He said that for his shirtless scenes in the film, he wanted to look "as ripped and cut as possible". So he adopted a dehydration diet (used in bodybuilding) where he did not consume any liquid for 36 hours before filming his shirtless shots. He said it made him feel "headachy" and faint but he was pleased with the results as dehydrating tightens everything up and gave him the exaggerated muscle definition and vascularity that he wanted to show in his shirtless scenes.
  • Famke Janssen filmed her Jean Gray cameo in three days. Hugh Jackman said, "There's no doubt that the most important relationship in his life is - we've seen through the movies - is his relationship with Jean Grey. Yes, we saw her die at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand, but in this movie, she has a presence which I think is vital to the movie, particularly for him confronting the most difficult thing within himself."
  • Almost all the promotional materials for the film and the posters featured a shirtless Hugh Jackman; in contrast, he appears shirtless only in a handful of scenes in the actual film. This was done in order to emphasize the superior shape he got into for the film.
    X-Men: Days of Future Past [2014]
  • Including his cameo in X-Men: First Class, this is Hugh Jackman's seventh portrayal of Logan/Wolverine, raising his own record for the most times a comic book character has been played by the same actor in theatrical films. He will also be the only actor to appear in the entire X-Men film series.
  • According to Bryan Singer, he could only get the film started with confidence once Hugh Jackman and Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen agreed to return.
  • This film ties a record previously held by The Dark Knight Rises for the most Academy Award-nominated actors in a single comic book movie. While The Dark Knight Rises starred seven nominees with an additional nominee appearing via archive footage (eight in total), this film features eight: Halle Berry, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Lerner, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page and Anna Paquin.
  • After Kate & Leopold, this is the second film in which Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) plays a time traveller.
    The Avengers [2012]
  • Samuel L. Jackson's role as Nick Fury in this film makes him the second actor (after Hugh Jackman, who has appeared in all the X-men movies) to play the same comic book superhero in five different movies.
    Iron Man 3 [2013]
  • Including the bonus post-credits scene in The Incredible Hulk, this is Robert Downey Jr.'s fifth portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man. This briefly tied him with Hugh Jackman's and Samuel L. Jackson's record of theatrical appearances as a comic character; however, Jackman retook the record less than three months after IM3's release with his role in The Wolverine.
    X-Men: Apocalypse [2016]
  • Apocalypse's appearance was severely criticised by fans and Internet commentators in general with many comparing it to Ivan Ooze from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, and criticising Oscar Isaac's normal size. Bryan Singer justified that it was the pink colored effect on the picture, and remarked that Apocalypse is able to change his size. In contrast, when Hugh Jackman was announced as Wolverine in X-Men, fans complained that he was too tall for the role (Jackman is 6' 2'' as opposed to the character's 5' 3'' in the comics).
  • Hugh Jackman announced that X-Men: Apocalypse and Logan would be his last portrayal as Wolverine. He would then be retiring from the role after playing the character 8 times since 2000's X-Men with the upcoming Logan making his 9th time. Similarly, Jennifer Lawrence has revealed this is her last appearance as Mystique. At the time of release, she's less than two years younger than Rebecca Romijn was when she first originated the role for X-Men. X-Men: Apocalypse is also, at the time of release, the last contracted film for James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and [?] Nicholas Houltr, but all expressed interest in doing more, if the scripts were good.
    Logan [2017]
  • After burying Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Logan's (Hugh Jackman) truck won't start and he beats it with a shovel, while screaming at it. This is very similar to a scene in [Fawlty Towers] where Basil Fawlty (John Cleese) beats his car with a sapling after it fails to start.
  • Hugh Jackman originally didn't want Logan's death in the movie. He envisioned an ending similar to the movie Unforgiven (1992), the story of an assassin who just can't leave behind his violent lifestyle; that film concluded with the assassin killing numerous more people but surviving himself, forcing him to live on with this dark side of him. Howeverm director James Mangold was always committed to kill off Wolverine at the end. He convinced Jackman that Wolverine, who is plagued with immortality and a violent past, had finally deserved his peace in death. Mangold wanted Logan dying next to X-24 - the younger version of himself - as it was something "interesting on numerous psychological levels".
  • This is the third collaboration between Hugh Jackman and James Mangold, having previously worked together on Kate & Leopold and The Wolverine.
  • Throughout all his portrayals of Logan, Hugh Jackman stated he learned his American accent from copying Johnny Depp.
  • Hugh Jackman induced dehydration for 48 hours prior to filming scenes of Wolverine shirtless, losing water weight. He added that the method is dangerous, and no one should attempt it at home.
  • Hugh Jackman stated in an interview that the only way he would reprise his role is if a crossover between Deadpool and Wolverine would happen. On top of that, Sir Patrick Stewart recently stated on The Graham Norton Show (2017) that this would be his last appearance as Professor X.
  • It was believed that after the success of Deadpool, 20th Century Fox decided to aim for an R-rating for this film, unlike the other Wolverine movies. However, it was confirmed in an interview with X-Men Producer Simon Kinberg that this was not the case, and the R-rating was always going to happen. According to James Mangold allowing the film to be R-rated was important, not so much for violent content, but for style: "For me, what was most interesting in getting the studio to okay an R-rating was something entirely different. They suddenly let go of the expectation that this film is going to play for children, and when they let go of that, you are free in a myriad of ways. The scenes can be longer. Ideas being explored in dialogue or otherwise can be more sophisticated. Storytelling pace can be more poetic, and less built like attention-span-deficit theater." James Mangold said that Hugh Jackman took a salary cut, to help convince the studio to greenlight an R-rated movie.
  • In the scenes where Charles Xavier suffers from his seizures, Hugh Jackman did not act as if he was being pushed away. Instead, he was held back by a rope pulled by two men in order to give a more realistic portrayal of being restrained. Professor Xavier's Psionic blast initially was conceived as a huge pulse of energy, much more akin to the kind of superhero powers seen in other films. But director James Mangold was against that treatment, he wanted to keep everything much more naturalistic. So Vfx supervisor [?] Chas Jarrett evolved the idea from the initial pulse wave idea, into a mind control field that caused people to become immobile. Unable to move and breathe or function properly, the psionic blast would eventually kill those around him. The effect was done by shooting shaky footage and then re-stabilizing the frame in post. Resulting a footage containing strange motion blur with smearing effect, that is both organic and very unusual. The team shot the sequences slightly wider than was needed so that shots could be blown up to hide the edges of the stabilizing effect.
  • Hugh Jackman stated that while he doesn't doubt that the character of Logan will be eventually rebooted with a new actor, he has hopes for X-23 becoming the new "Wolverine" of the franchise.
  • This is the last film in which Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine. He has cited his age and his skin cancer as factors in him retiring from the role. He also said that having a discussion with Jerry Seinfeld played a part in retiring the character, as Jerry talked generally about how he wanted to make sure he never got to a point with his television show where audiences were weary of seeing it anymore, saying, "oh, it's you again." Jackman felt fortunate to have avoided this for Wolverine and wanted to ensure it never happened.
  • Sir Patrick Stewart lost 21 pounds to play Charles Xavier as elderly and sick. Stewart claimed that he had a steady weight since he was a teenager and had never deliberately lost weight before. Hugh Jackman genuinely held Stewart in all the scenes of Wolverine carrying professor Xavier.