Sunday 19 November 2017

Jackman: I'm jack of all trades

Hugh Jackman says he still doesn't have the movie pulling power of Brad Pitt or Will Smith
Hugh Jackman says he still doesn't have the movie pulling power of Brad Pitt or Will Smith

Hugh Jackman has said that despite his huge success on screen and stage, he still considers himself "jack of all trades, master of none".

Best known on the big screen for displaying his brawn in the X-Men franchise, the Aussie heartthrob has also sung in musicals such as Oklahoma! and Carousel, trodden the boards in plays such as A Steady Rain with Daniel Craig, experimented with 'out there' movies such as The Fountain and even found time to host the Oscars.

"Yeah, jack of all trades, master of none, that's why this business is good for me," he laughed.

And though he now lays claim to one of the most recognised faces and physiques in the world, Hugh said he's simply pleased to continue to get work.

"I'm not at the top of the tree. I don't get the choices that Brad Pitt, George Clooney or Will Smith get and that's the truth, but I get a hell of a lot more choices than when I was starting out and overwhelmingly I'm grateful," he said.

Hugh is set to combine his two loves, movies and musicals, playing Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of Les Miserables.

He insisted that he audition for the role: "I said to my agent I need to know in my heart that I can do it so I had a three-hour audition with Tom, which was fantastic, I loved it."

Cameras aren't due to start rolling for another six months, but work has already begun in earnest, including singing lessons for the star of the show.

"I'm the only actor in professional Broadway history that had it written in his contract that I must have singing lessons every week," he revealed.

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