Friday 24 March 2017

Director praises Jackman's Chinese

Hugh Jackman sings a Chinese song in the film
Hugh Jackman sings a Chinese song in the film

Hugh Jackman was "a joy" to work with on Snow Flower And The Secret Fan and even nailed singing in Chinese, the film's director Wayne Wang has revealed.

The stage and screen star has a cameo role as Australian nightclub owner Arthur in the big-screen adaptation of Lisa See's best-selling novel, where he had to sing a Chinese song.

"He was just a joy to work with - I had seen him on Broadway and loved his song and dance routine so we came up with this idea he should sing a Chinese song, which he learned very quickly. He has a great ear and pronounced the Chinese quite well," said the filmmaker.

Producer Wendi Murdoch suggested Hugh for the part.

"Wendi said, 'I'm really good friends with Hugh Jackman, I'll ask him'. And he basically said if it was a cameo for a week or ten days he'd be happy to do it," Wayne recalled.

Wayne remembers being impressed by Hugh's dedication to the part.

"He had never been to China so he came. He didn't bring a big crew of people as his entourage; he came pretty much by himself," he said.

"One day, I was really delayed on a scene and I had to apologise to him. He was sitting there in his Tom Ford suit, perfectly dressed, so I told him he should take a rest and he said, 'No, I don't want to wrinkle my clothes, I just want to sit here getting into my character'."

:: Snow Flower And The Secret Fan is in cinemas now.

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