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Thursday 23 November 2017

Jackman ditches nice guy image for new role

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Scarlett Johansson on stage at the 'Don Jon' premiere in Toronto

Jake Coyle

HUGH Jackman isn't the first person that comes to mind to play a raging, former alcoholic.

Yet that is his character in new kidnapping drama 'Prisoners', which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and is set for release on September 20.

It's a new kind of role for the 'Wolverine' star, who plays a father on the rampage as he tries to find his missing daughter.

"I'm always looking to push the boundaries of what people think I should be doing, or can do," Jackman said in an interview.

Meanwhile, Jared Leto has made a return to acting, playing Rayon, a transgender person dying of AIDS in 'Dallas Buyers Club'.

Based on a true story, it premiered this week ahead of its November 1 release and stars Matthew McConaughey – who shed several pounds for the role – as Ron Woodroof.

"I can't believe five years went by," 41-year-old Leto said of his return to the big screen. "It's amazing to me."

In Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave', Solomon Northop – played by Chiwetel Ejiofor – is a free man from upstate New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana, then hanged for daring to strike an abusive and imbecilic plantation hand (Paul Dano). He's cut down, but only just barely enough to reach the ground.

McQueen captures it all in one long, agonising take, as Northop is left dangling and shuffling excruciatingly on his tiptoes.

"I don't think I've seen that on film, and I wanted to make damn sure if it was on film, it was going to be done well," McQueen said in a recent interview.

Irish Independent

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