He is one of the most recognized actors in the world. Even though he will forever be linked with one iconic role, Hugh Jackman has done a number of roles that have showcased his acting ability. The range in his career has been impressive. He has done romantic comedies, action flicks and intense character studies as well. It is arguable that his fame as the superhero Wolverine, has prevented him from taking up more exciting roles. But, his work is proof that you don’t need to be on one track to be successful. He can do a film like ‘The Wolverine’ and then follow it up with something different like ‘Prisoners’. A capable performer both on screen and on stage, his ability to entertain has never been in question.
We all know Hugh, the Wolverine, the actor, the musician, the performer, but how well do we know Hugh, the person. Well, this article is about that. 12 things about his personal life you may not know:
1. He was born in Sydney, New South Wales and his father was an accountant. He is the youngest of five children. His parents, both English, moved to Australia shortly before his birth.
2. Jackman has a communications degree with a journalism major from the University of Technology Sydney. After graduating, he pursued drama at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, immediately after which he was offered a starring role in the ABC-TV prison drama Correlli (1995).
3. He was chosen as one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” 5 years in a row, 2000-2004.
4. He was a last-minute addition to the X-Men (2000) cast. Dougray Scott was originally cast as Wolverine, but Mission: Impossible II (2000) required two extra months of shooting.
5. He met his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, while co-starring in the Australian TV series Correlli (1995).
6. According to the comic books, Wolverine stands 5-feet-3-inches in height. Jackman, who plays Wolverine, stands a whole foot taller than his character.
7. He was offered the role of “Captain William Gordon” in Bollywood film Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005).
8. He was considered for the role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face in The Dark Knight (2008). The part went to Aaron Eckhart, instead.
9. His parents separated when he was eight. His mother then moved back to England. His father, an accountant, brought up five children, by himself. The first 18 months of Hugh’s life were spent with his godparents.
10. He is terribly near-sighted and has extremely blurry vision when he isn’t wearing contacts. Even when hosting the Tonys and Saturday Night Live (1975), Jackman memorized almost everything he had to say so he wouldn’t have to struggle to read.
11. Hugh credits his good friend Russell Crowe with catapulting his career into super stardom. After Crowe turned down the lead in X-Men (2000), he personally recommended Jackman to director Bryan Singer for the part.
12. He underwent intense physical training each time he played Wolverine. When in peak physical condition, he can bench press well more than 300 pounds.