Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor, producer, and general all-round heartthrob.
He first gained worldwide attention as Curley in the West End's revival of Oklahoma!. He did not become a household name until he was cast as James "Logan" Howlett / Wolverine in the X-Men Film Series, a role he played 9 times in total over 17 years, and for a time held the record of appearances of the same actor in a comic book movie franchise note . He subsequently won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway production of The Boy from Oz as Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen. He has also starred in romances and romantic comedies, including Kate & Leopold (opposite Meg Ryan) and Australia (opposite fellow Aussie and close friend Nicole Kidman). He currently plans to star in a future remake of Carousel, a role he had formerly played on Broadway, and got himself an Academy Award nomination for playing Jean Valjean in the film version of the musical Les Miserables in 2012. He's also a very well-regarded awards show host, having hosted the Tony Awards four times and the Academy Awards once (and winning an Emmy for his second gig at the Tonys).
Incidentally, he won People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive award in 2008.
It should also be noted that he has a reputation for being one of THE nicest celebrities in all of Hollywood. Ask anyone... except Dr. Cox.
- Paperback Hero (1999) as Jack Willis
- X-Men Film Series as James "Logan" Howlett / Wolverine:
- Van Helsing (2004) as Gabriel Van Helsing
- Scoop (2006) as Peter Lyman
- The Fountain (2006) as Tomas/Tommy/Tom Creo
- The Prestige (2006) as Robert Angier
- Australia (2008) as Drover
- Real Steel (2011) as Charlie Kenton
- Les Miserables (2012) as Jean Valjean
- Prisoners (2013) as Keller Dover
- Chappie (2015) as Vincent Moore
- Pan (2015) as Blackbeard
- Eddie the Eagle (2016) as Bronson Peary
- The Greatest Showman (2017) as P. T. Barnum
- Ability over Appearance: Wolverine is a Pint-Sized Powerhouse and was rarely portrayed as attractive in other adaptations. Hugh is a full foot taller and Wolverine is presented as a bit of a Hunk - and yet he nails everything about the character. In the first film he claims that most of the rest of the cast stood on Scully Boxes around him to make him appear shorter.
- Awesome McCool Name: Bordering on Meaningful Name, Hugh Jackman can be easily spoken as "Huge Jacked Man". Given his physique, it's as appropriate as it is badass-sounding.
- Dyeing for Your Art:
- Each time he plays Wolverine, he has to bulk up considerably. On the first film he underestimated how long it took to get in shape, which is why Logan doesn't appear as buff as he does in later films. His Shirtless Scenes were filmed later on in production when he'd had a chance to put on more muscle as a result.
- Shaved his head and body hair for The Fountain.
- For Les Misérables (2012) he lost weight by recreating the prison rations his character would have received and shaved his head for the beginning scenes where Valjean is a starving prisoner. Amazingly, while he was starving himself, he was also working out extensively because The Wolverine was scheduled to start production and he needed his body to be ready to quickly pack on muscle mass once he started eating again.
- He shaved his head bald and grew a long beard for Pan.
- Fake American: Famously as Wolverine (who is actually Canadian), but 60% of his roles have him playing an American. Either that or...
- Fake Brit: He put on a British accent for Van Helsing and Les Misérables (2012) (despite playing a French character), and can switch between that an American easily (as seen in The Prestige where he does both). Rise of the Guardians is one of the rare projects where he doesn't play either and gets to use his real Australian accent.
- Irony as She Is Cast: Wolverine loves smoking cigars, but Hugh does not smoke and always hates smoking in movies.
- Nice Guy: Which speaking of...there are reasons why Hugh Jackman is so incredibly beloved and it's more than being Mr. Fanservice. He is incredibly friendly and treats his fans with great respect and gratitude. He is kind-hearted, charming, and meets anyone with open arms and a huge smile.
- The Other Marty: Dougray Scott was initially cast as Wolverine. But he was filming Mission: Impossible II and production was lengthened, so he had to drop out.
- Playing Against Type: Plays a camp Agent Peacock - who's also the villain - in Pan. Wolverine was actually this for him at the time of casting; he had got his start doing musicals in Australia, so a comic book action movie was quite different.
- Playing Their Own Twin: A variation. The Prestige has a sequence where his character finds a lookalike to play his double. Hugh plays the double too - though apparently some people thought it was a different actor.
- Playing with Character Type:
- Real Men Wear Pink: Playing Wolverine earned Jackman enough man points to stand him in good stead for three lifetimes. However, Jackman began his career in musicals, and is one of the few remaining song-and-dance men who is completely and endearingly sincere in his love for musical theater. He also played the incredibly Camp musical composer Peter Allen in the musical "The Boy From Oz". See attached
- Star-Making Role: Wolverine, at least outside of Australia. He was virtually unknown when cast in X-Men, and the film brought him to the world's attention in a big way.
- Those Two Actors: He's made six films with Halle Berry. In addition to the four X-Men movies they did together, they were also in Swordfish and Movie 43.
- Typecasting: As a dark Anti-Hero who usually has a Lost Lenore. He was almost typecast in comic book movies, as he was offered roles in Daredevil, Superman Returnsnote , Iron Man, The Dark Knightnote , Hulk and Fantastic Four (2005)note . But he turned them all down, and X-Men is the only comic book franchise he's appeared in.