Wednesday 21 February 2018

Jackman had to work on own accent

Hugh Jackman plays an engineer in Chappie
Hugh Jackman plays an engineer in Chappie

Hugh Jackman has revealed he had to brush up on his native accent for his new movie, Chappie.

The Wolverine star had to get reacquainted with the Australian dialect and some slang to play an ex-soldier and engineer in Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi thriller, admitting that using his own accent "was great but weird".

"I had to practise it because it was way stronger than my natural accent," the 46-year-old actor said.

"He used a lot of phrases, and I had to end up Googling the slang. Neill was coming up with some really cool sayings. I was trying to think of more, so I ended up Googling some of them."

The last time Hugh appeared in a film using his own accent was in Baz Luhrmann's drama Australia in 2008. He also used his own voice for the role of Bunnymund (the Easter Bunny) in 2012's Rise Of The Guardians.

Chappie, the latest film from District 9 and Elysium filmmaker Neill, tells the story of a fallen police robot (played by Sharlto Copley) that is reprogrammed to think and feel for itself. It opens in UK cinemas on March 6.

Hugh said he had fun playing the film's antagonist, an engineer strongly opposed to artificial intelligence.

"We got to create this character that did stretch it a bit. We had a lot of fun with him from the look, his mannerism, the way he talked. At the same time, it was very much based in a reality that was needed for the movie in terms of the voice of caution," he said.

Hugh, fresh off a Broadway run in Jez Butterworth's play The River, will hit the stage again in March - in Turkey.

"My one-man show I did here on Broadway a few years back, I'm going to do in Turkey. I'm very excited about that," he said. "It should be fun. We'll see how the Turks like it."

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