Hugh Jackman Revealed on Tour That He Nearly Lost His Role As Wolverine
In case you did not know, Hugh Jackman has been touring in his show, The Man, The Music, The Show. Between numbers, he talks about all kinds of things, from his personal life to his (very successful) career. At the show in London, on Monday night, he revealed that he almost didn’t keep his iconic role as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise back in 2000.
Encouragement From the Mrs.
“I was told that things weren’t really working out as they hoped,” Jackman said. “I was about to get fired from my first Hollywood role—the biggest of my career.”
He went on, “I was angry, I went home to my wife and I complained. I was whinging on an Olympic level of whinging to Deb, my wife, and moaning about this person and that person. She listened to me very patiently for about an hour and finally she just said ‘Listen, I think you have just got to trust yourself. You are worrying way too much about what everyone else is thinking. Just go back to the character, focus on that, trust your instinct…you’ve got this.'”
He finished with a sweet dedication, saying “To me that was love. Someone that believes in you when you don’t believe in yourself. This show is dedicated to Deb and the kids.”
Hugh Jackman’s Iconic Work
Before he was a Hollywood star, Hugh Jackman made a name for himself in the theater world. He earned an Olivier Award for his role as Curly in Oklahoma! in 1998, which is my personal favorite role of his. You can watch this production on BroadwayHD.
In the early 2000s, he made a name for himself as Wolverine, but also starred in smaller movies. Personally, from this era, I loved him in Swordfish, where he starred alongside John Travolta and Halle Berry.
In 2012, he returned to musicals and starred in the film version of Les Misérables, as Jean Valjean. This is another personal favorite of mine. I know there were some snooty Broadway people who didn’t like it, but I thought he was incredible. And Colm Wilkinson liked it! So there!
More recently, he starred in The Greatest Showman as P.T. Barnum. It’s not the greatest musical in the world, but it was entertaining and the soundtrack slaps.
Coming up, Hugh Jackman is returning to the stage in the revival of The Music Man. I have been saying that Hugh Jackman should play Harold Hill for years and it’s finally happening! See him on Broadway as this iconic character in fall 2020 (previews begin in September and the show officially opens in October).
Can we forget the action star and just let him sing and dance now? Please?
What’s your favorite role of Hugh Jackman’s?