Handsome Hugh @Empire Awards

Hugh Jackman was in London yesterday for the Empire Awards (given out by movie magazine Empire). I had forgotten that he was nominated (for Logan) or that the awards were coming up but was reminded yesterday when Hugh tweeted this picture of himself, all dressed up and ready to go to the awards show…

I have a weakness for men in 3 piece suits and Hugh Jackman in a 3 piece is no exception! Wow! He looked handsome in the audience during the awards…

… and he won the award for Best Actor for his role in Logan (deservedly, he was truly brilliant in that!). When he got up he embraced his young co-star in Logan, 12-year-old Dafne Keen.

HJ Empire Awards 06

He looked handsome accepting his award and in his speech he apparently had his wife there with him on his phone on Facetime so that he could thank her as well…

Dafne Keen, with whom he starred in Logan, won the best female newcomer award (also deservedly, she was absolutely brilliant as bi-lingual Laura)…

At the MTV awards last year, Hugh and Dafne were photographed in Wolverine-pose as they picked up an award together for ‘Best Duo’, you could almost mistake them for father and daughter…

HJ & DK Logan MTV awards

Back to last night’s Empire Awards, Hugh also tweeted a sweet picture of the two of them together…

… and went on to looking handsome again in his 3 piece suit after the awards…

It was a double pleasure seeing all these images today – it’s always a pleasure looking at Hugh but I’m also very happy that he and Dafne were recognized for the awesome jobs they did on Logan.

Wolverine

So, a first trailer has appeared of the upcoming Wolverine podcast where none other than Richard Armitage will be voicing Wolverine. Here’s the trailer, Richard can be heard several times, the first time at 1:01 minutes…

I’ve gotta say, to me he sounds better here than ever before. Depth of voice and such intensity… I think he’ll do great as Wolverine! I don’t do audiobooks well (or in this case, podcasts) but for the first time I am thinking I might actually listen to his audiowork on this all the way through for a change!

As I am very much into catching up with Hugh Jackman right now, I was also just now listening to a podcast Hugh Jackman did for Empire magazine this past December about The Greatest Showman. Then close to the end, unexpectedly and to my great delight, Hugh gets asked about Richard Armitage playing Wolverine and what he thinks of someone else taking over his role! Have a listen (from 18:25 minutes till 20:05 minutes)…

https://soundcloud.com/empiremagazine/hugh-jackman-interview-special

Hugh Jackman brilliantly played Wolverine for the very last time a year ago in Logan (watch the great trailer here – in my humble opinion Hugh was robbed not being nominated for an Oscar for this!). He leaves a great challenge for anyone to follow in his footsteps. Yet, going by what I heard in the Wolverine podcast trailer above, I do believe that Richard can deliver the intensity needed.

So, intense Wolverine/Logan played by Hugh…

… will be followed by intense Wolverine played by Richard! As I hear him as Wolverine, with above intense images of Hugh in mind, I think of Richard doing The Crucible with the same intensity…

Hugh says he is excited to see what other people will do with ‘his’ Wolverine and I’ve gotta say I am quietly getting exciting for Richard doing this now too!

Falling in love with Hugh again…

I have always liked Hugh Jackman, ever since I saw him in Kate and Leopold and in that first X-men movie back in 2000. He’s very much my ‘tall, dark, handsome’ type but while I always really liked him a lot, something held me back a little from absolutely loving him. Maybe it was the Wolverine thing. I really like the X-men movies, I think I’ve seen all of them, including the Wolverine ones, but Jackman was mostly an action star from my perspective and that’s not usually what I go for.

Then I remember seeing him presenting the Oscars in 2009, doing the opening number. I can tell you, I was blown away by that. Up until that point I had no idea he could even do that (silly me, if I had cared to look, I could have found out that he’s won Tonys on Broadway!).

I fell a little bit in love with him that evening. I have rewatched that opening sequence countless times since and I still love it! I started paying a little more attention to Hugh after that but still didn’t watch everything (there were more X-men). Then he did Les Miserables and he blew me away in that too!

He got nominated for an Oscar for the role of Jean Valjean, but alas lost out to Daniel Day Lews in Lincoln. My admiration has been growing for him since then. Then last week, I went to see The Greatest Showman.

Reviews for it have been so-so, I didn’t expect that much. There had been such a hype about La La Land last year and, though alright, I didn’t really like that movie that much. So, with the so-so reviews, I thought this would be in the ‘just OK’ category as well. The movie has Hugh Jackman, however, so my friend and I decided to give it a shot and we were not disappointed! It’s not a true portrayal of P.T. Barnum’s life, it’s rather a fairytale interpretation, but I have to say I loved every second of it! The acting and singing and dancing was great, the music was totally awesome, it was upbeat, happy, had a message of tolerance and inclusion, I left the cinema with a huge smile on my face and Hugh Jackman finally, totally won me over! I am so going to go see this one again… Here’s a video of the final song of Hugh’s in the movie, taped during a private performance to get the filming greenlit…

In a later interview I saw, he said he had popped a few stitches in his nose after doing this performance (he had just had cancerous tissue removed from his nose). Here is another clip from that same session, of the song This Is Me from the movie, which garnered an Oscar nomination yesterday!

Alas, that’s the only nomination this movie got, which I think is a shame (especially compared to La La Land last year!).

After seeing that, I remembered that I hadn’t watched Logan yet, which was released early in 2017 and which is the absolute last movie in which Jackman plays Wolverine. I had heard good things about it, that it was grittier and different from other Wolverine movies, and so I finally watched it last weekend.

OK, so this remains a superhero movie, but my goodness, it really was different! It was more real than any of the other movies ever felt, and yes, gritty. Wolverine is weary and battled and scarred and very touchingly cares for a very old and fragile Professor X (Patrick Stewart being brilliant again) and the young girl that comes into Wolverine’s reluctant care (played by Dafne Keen) is also excellently played! Wow, this really was a great, gritty end to the Wolverine saga, with the message that a life of killing really has it’s price… The screenplay for Logan was nominated for an Oscar yesterday as well, and I think that’s the only Logan nomination, which is really a huge shame! To me, Hugh Jackman should have received his second Oscar nomination for this!

When I think of these two polar opposite roles Hugh plays so extremely well, one right after the other, I have to say that I am blown away by this man’s talent! The man really is being robbed by not being recognized with at least an Oscar nomination for one of these two movies…

While I was catching up on Hugh Jackman movies, I also watched the movie he did in 2016 called Eddie the Eagle where he plays a down on his luck ex-Olympian ski jumper who coaches a hopeful Olympian (based on a true story). In that movie he was excellent as well, in a more supporting role!

In this movie he also reminded me of Richard Armitage more than ever before. Here he is in the movie with sunglasses…

Hugh Jackman Eddie the Eagle

… and here’s Richard with sunglasses…

I can understand how people mix them up!

Oh, and Hugh Jackman has another huge thing going for him: a very happy marriage for over 20 years to his wife Deb, who is 13 years his senior.  He still seems head over heels in love with her (he mentions her constantly, lovingly, in interviews)…

… and adores the two children they adopted together…

This man is maturing so very nicely and doing such great things with his career right now! I’ll be following his projects more closely now and have just started dreaming about seeing him live on Broadway one day… 🙂