Jackman plays Wolverine in Marvel Comics’ X-Men. I group of individuals with unique abilities called ‘mutants’ are persecuted by humans and are considered outsiders. A mutant by the name of professor Xavier strives for a world where humans and mutants can live together peacefully, while his old friend wages war against humans. Co-starring Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsdan, and Halle Berry.
All the opportunities pretty much I’ve had in Hollywood I can actually trace back to this character and this franchise, so I’m forever grateful.
Jackman plays Charlie Kenton in the action drama, Real Steel. In the near future, a new sport has emerged: robot boxing. Kenton, a promoter for the sport puts everything on the line for a broken robot that he sees huge potential in. Co-starring Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, and Dakota Goyo. On working with Goyo:
I feel really proud of him. I feel like he’s almost my son in a way. I have such affection for him. He’s amazing in the part, but he’s just as amazing off screen.
Jackman plays Leopold in the romantic comedy, Kate and Leopold. Leopold is an English baron from the 1800s who walks through a time portal and into the 21st century. There he meets Kate, a successful business woman, who not only helps familiarize the baron to the new world, but also steals his heart. Co-starring Meg Ryan and Live Schreiber.
I think the film is… you know, it’s a fairy tale. It’s highlighting some of the things we’ve lost, and some of them for good reason.
Jackman plays Wolverine once again in X2: X-Men United. After a failed assassination attempt on the President by an unknown mutant, public outcry and anguish result in a military assault on all mutants led by General Stryker. Magneto and Professor Xavier create an unlikely alliance to counter Stryker’s attack. Co-starring Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, and Anna Paquin.
I think it’s a darker, edgier film… but also a much funnier one.
Jackman plays the title role in Van Helsing. When it is discovered that Count Dracula is using Dr. Frakenstein’s research to take control of Transylvania, Van Helsing is sent to intervene. He meets young huntress Anna Valerious, who is trying to avenge the death of her family. Co-starring Kate Beckinsale.
Every day you feel like you’re walking on the set of Indiana Jones. There’s thousands of extras, there’s costumes made in Rome, hand-made, and everyone looks incredible.
Jackman wins Tony Award for Best Actor (Musical) for portraying Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz at the 58th Annual Tony Awards. Jackman spoke backstage about winning the award in the same venue where Allen performed.
Peter at the time was the biggest selling artist ever to play Radio City Music Hall and I had his dressing room. The whole thing was kind of spooky. To receive the award in Radio City was a fantastic twist of fate. I feel his spirit in the theatre eight times a week, but I definitely know he was there tonight.
Jackman reprises the role of Wolverine in Marvel Comics’ X-Men: The Last Stand. Humans have created a cure for all mutations. Disgusted, an army of mutants led by Magneto wage another war with humans. The X-men must unite once again and bring peace between both races. Co-starring Halle Berry, Ian Mckellen, Patrick Stewart, and Famke Janssen. On his costume:
When you first put them on you can barely walk up steps because they’re tight, they’re really tight. When you sit down, it’s very uncomfortable.
Jackman gives an interview to Winfrey for O Magazine about career lessons he learns from his dad.
I had a fairly enlightened dad, though if you looked at his résumé, it might not seem that way. He was a chartered accountant for Price Waterhouse. He was strict, and we had a very ordered life. To this day, I am the least materialistic person I know, because my father didn’t raise me to just go out and buy this or that car. The only reason I wanted to make money as an actor was because I’m passionate about food! But as disciplined as my father was with money, he would never try to save a dime on education. He loved being an accountant. He’d tell me, You’ve got to love what you do because it’s going to take a lot of your effort and time. He had only one reservation about my being an actor. He said, I think you’re too thin-skinned. And I am fairly thin-skinned.
Jackman talks about getting a role in the musical The Boy From Oz early in his acting career:
I’d been offered the part in Australia six years earlier. I decided not to take it because I’d done two other musicals, and I felt like I was getting typecast. That’s a tough road to get out of. Musical theater is looked down on by people in every other form of entertainment.
Jackman plays aristocrat Peter Lyman in the comedy, Scoop. Sondra Pranksy, a young student journalist, is contacted by a famous deceased journalist, and is told that Lyman is the tarot card killer. As Pranksy attempts to uncover the truth, she finds herself falling in love with the suspected murderer. Co-starring Scarlett Johansson. On working with Johansson:
She is incredibly talented, very poised, and well she’s just one of a kind.
Jackman plays magician Robert Angier in thriller, The Prestige. The film tells the story of two rival magicians and their attempts to outclass one another. The illusionists also successfully sabotage each others tricks, and soon their competition turns deadly. Co-starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, and Scarlett Johansson. On working with Caine:
When I heard that really a lot of my work is with Michael, I was absolutely thrilled. I’m such a huge fan of his. I’ve seen so many of his movies over the years.
Jackman voices Memphis in the animated film, Happy Feet. Little Mumble struggles to find himself after being cast out of the penguin community. Although he can’t sing like his emperor penguin friends, Mumble happens to haves the best dancing feet around. Life is difficult for for the young penguin until he meets the Adelie Amigos. Co-starring Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Robin Williams, and Nicole Kidman.
I remember being in that sound studio actually working on that song and after a while I realized I was sweating. I was like dancing, I was getting into it.
Jackman plays Tomas, Tommy, and Tom Creo in the drama, The Fountain. The film spans three different periods – the past, the present, and the future – and tells the story of three men who are searching for a way to be with their loves for eternity. The three stories intertwine and emphasizes the themes of devotion and mortality.
I think it’s really a brilliant love story about a man searching for the fountain of youth. It’s exciting. But there’s layers and layers, and layers behind this movie.
Jackman plays Attorney Wyatt Bose in the crime drama, Deception. Jonathan McQuarry is an accountant with no social life. One day, the attorney introduces McQuarry to the clandestine life of New York City sex clubs. However, after a woman disappears, McQuarry becomes the prime suspect and is pulled into a world of sex, lies, and deception. Co-starring Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams. On working with McGregor:
I’ve always been a huge fan of Ewan because I think all of his movies are interesting. I often would say ‘I’ll see Ewan McGregor in a movie,’ because they are all very different.
Jackman plays Drover in the drama, Australia. Set during World War II, the film tells the story of a wealthy English aristocrat and her inherited cattle station in Northern Australia. When a man attempts to take over her land, she reluctantly teams up with her stockman to protect her new home and property. Co-starring Nicole Kidman.
This movie strives to do what movies don’t do very much anymore which is combine many different styles in one.
Jackman wins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Action Star.
Between being foreign born, being an action star and winning a People’s Choice there is only one thing left for me to do and that is to run for the governor of California.
Jackman plays Arthur in Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. In 19th century China, two girls start a strong friendship that will last a lifetime. To cope with the rigid social expectations for women of their time, they create their own way of communicating with one another. In a parallel story, the descendants of the duo try their best to maintain their friendship amidst the fast paced life of Shanghai. Co-starring Bingbing Li and Gianna Jun.
It was a great project to be involved with. It’s a Chinese film, so I got to shoot in Shanghai. I play a small part in it, but I got to sing in Chinese.
Seacrest interviews Jackman during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about how he meet his wife Deborra-Lee Furness.
When I met her, and we were just friends, I said, ‘You’re single. How does that happen? How can you be single? That was my very pathetic way to flirt with her. She was like, ‘Well, I know, I am marrying a stockbroker. I just have a feeling he’s going to be a stockbroker who’s really an amazing architect and who adores me.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, so you basically want someone smart, creative, and really wealthy, who adores you.
Jackman voices Bunny in the animated children’s film, Rise of the Guardians. An evil spirit named Pitch has plans of ruling the world, but first, he must weaken the guardians by destroying every child’s faith in them. Jack Frost, North, Bunny, and Tooth, must work together to stop the menacing boogey-monster. Co-starring Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher, and Jude Law.
I think what’s great about the characters is that they’re all incredibly different. I mean they represent incredibly different things. I think it’s exciting for kids to think of all these beloved characters actually knowing each other and actually working together.
Jackman plays Boyd Bolton in the comedy, Butter. Every year the Iowa state fair hosts the annual butter carving contest. For 15 straight years, Bob has won the contest, but will have to step aside this year if he wants to run for governor. Furious, his wife Laura decides to enter herself in, but she is in way over her head. Co-starring Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, and Ashley Greene. On working with Garner:
I had so much fun on that movie. I was so glad that she asked me to do it. She produced the movie as well and I just loved it. It was a blast.
Jackman is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame under the category of Motion Pictures. The actor is joined by his family, friends, and co-stars Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried.
It’s kind of a surreal day. I’ll probably always remember Thursday, Dec. 13 and I think I’m either going straight from here to buy a lottery ticket or to a casino because it just feels like someone is looking down on me in a very nice way at this moment.
Jackman is nominated for Best Actor at the 85th Academy Awards for portraying Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.
To be honest, it’s very exciting but all a bit surreal, and it hasn’t fully sunk in yet. This is a brilliant awards year that has been defined by an eclectic list of stories that have been told by incredibly talented and courageous filmmakers, and it’s an honor to be mentioned in the same sentence as the other nominees in the Best Actor category.
Jackman plays wolverine once again in Marvel Comics’, The Wolverine. Logan finds himself in modern-day Japan as he visits his old friend, Yashida, who is on his deathbed. His trip quickly makes a turn for the worse as assassins try to kidnap the granddaughter of the Japanese tycoon. As Logan digs deeper, a ghost from his past gives him no other choice but to save the young woman. Co-starring Famke Janssen and Tao Okamoto.
It’s always fun for me coming back to Wolverine, and I have to say I’m enjoying it more than ever.
Jackman plays Keller Dover in the crime drama, Prisoners. After the kidnapping of his daughter and her friend, Dover does everything he can to find them. When he feels that the police are not following the right leads, the desperate father takes matters into his own hands. Co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, and Maria Bello.
As an actor, I’m drawn to a role like this like a bear to honey, because this is the kind of human experience that is cathartic to watch, that is important to portray…
Jackman plays Jean Valjean in the musical drama, Les Misérables. Valjean is continuously being hunted by Inspector Javert for breaking his parole. Trying to start a new life, Valjean decides to take care of a factory worker’s daughter and help others in need. But the ghosts of his past are persistent and a simple resolution seems unlikely. Co-starring Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, and Sacha Baron Cohen.
It gives you the feeling you’re at the live show. It’s just you are not only in the front row, you’re in the lap of Anne Hathaway. Which, hey, let’s face it, it could be worse.
Seacrest interviews Jackman during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him about his character in the film X-Men: Days of Future Past.
It’s a good point [Wolverine relies on physical strength]. Then I keep thinking, I know the budgets on these movies go up, but I’m like, ‘Can you just throw some of that special effects budget my way?’ I’m an old man. Just pump me up and let me sit in the chair and drink my beer.
Jackman plays the role of Wolverine once again in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Wolverine must travel back into the past and change the course of history; otherwise they will be destroyed by sentinels in the present. He must encourage a young and troubled Charles Xavier to pursue the path of his destiny. Co-starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, and Peter Dinklage.
I honestly wasn’t sure if this would feel like the ultimate kind of conclusion, but it doesn’t. It kind of feels different and it feels like the ultimate beginning.
In this sci-fi drama directed by Bryan Singer, Jackman plays Wolverine who the X-Men send to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an war that results in doom for both humans and mutants. Co-starring Jeniffer Lawrence, Micheal Fassbender, James McAvoy and Ian McKellen. About Logans stakes in the film:
Ha, everything. For all the X-Men, including my character, everything’s at stake. I’d say the danger levels are the highest they’ve ever been in this movie. It’s certainly the greatest threat or villain they’ve faced. So for everyone involved, the stakes couldn’t be higher. It’s as dangerous as it gets for all of them.
Jackman accepts the ALS challenge and nominates Tom Cruise and the whole crew of Mission Impossible 5, the staff of William Morris Endeavor, Oscar Isaac and crew of Star Wars.
Jackman and Fallon play a game of pool bowling on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
I tried to cheat, but I put my ball back out there.
Jackman and Fallon discuss Rivers’ funeral on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
When Joan Rivers asks, you just answer.
Jackman still on the show from the night before. Fallon makes him leave on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
You invited me to stay, where have you been all day?
Jackman is diagnosed and treated for skin cancer. This is the third time in less than a year that Jackman is treated for basal cell carcinoma. Jackman promotes the use of sunscreen:
Please don’t be foolish like me. And USE sunscreen!!!
Warner Bros Pictures releases the trailer for Pan.