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Hugh Jackman returned to Broadway in early 2015 to star in Jez Butterworth's play, The River. In addition to The Boy From Oz, Jackman has appeared on Broadway in A Steady Rain and a hit solo show, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway.
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Hugh Jackman Quotes
Be sure to also check out the As Hugh Jackman Tells It page for several hilarious stories and anecdotes told by Hugh Jackman himself.
- "The very first movie I did in Australia, 'Erskineville Kings' I think about eight people saw that movie." -- Dark Horizons, April 28, 2009
- "To get down to the quick of it, respect motivates me not success. -- Parade Magazine, April 26, 2009
- " But the School of Practical Philosophy is nonconfrontational. We believe there are many forms of Scripture. What is true is true and will never change, whether it's in the Bible or in Shakespeare. It's about oneness. Its basic philosophy is that if the Buddha and Krishna and Jesus were all at a dinner table together, they wouldn't be arguing. There is an essential truth. And we are limitless." -- Parade Magazine, April 26, 2009
- "Then there were some drunken pub fist-fights. As an 18-year-old in England I was being drunk and obnoxious in a pub in Bath, singing Waltzing Matilda, when some local guy came up and shouted, 'Mad Aussie'. I turned around and bang, he smacked me - I was completely knocked out." -- Mail on Sunday, April 5, 2009
- "If you asked me my top 10 moments as an actor," he says, "probably all of them would be on stage. The immediacy of it, the high-wire nature of it. As an actor, there's more of an element of you driving the ship. You kind of control the show. All of those things make stage acting incredibly vital to me." -- McClatchy Newspapers, November 26, 2008
- "When I was younger, I had chicken legs. My nickname was Sticks." -- People Magazine, November 19, 2008
- "From everything I've heard from my family, I think I was one of those kids who came in pretty happy to be here." -- Parade Magazine, May 14, 2006
- "I've always felt that if you back down from a fear, the ghost of that fear never goes away. It diminishes people. So I've always said yes to the thing I'm most scared about." -- Parade Magazine, May 14, 2006
- "I think I am incredibly determined," says Jackman. "Playing rugby when I was young, if I got tackled very hard, I would kind of go into a little white rage. I don't know where that came from. Maybe being the youngest, maybe being bullied a bit, or whatever." -- Parade Magazine, May 14, 2006
- "When you fall in love and you get married, it's such a relief. You're like, Oh, this feels so right and this woman is just so great and I love her. And then you have a kid it kind of just gets even bigger. And it's frustrating and it's tiring and all those things but your sense of, like, living life becomes so much bigger." -- Associated Press, May 11, 2004
- "I love New York ... I think it's the best city in the world. As far as cities go, everything's there. I think it's so vibrant. I love the people, I think they're honest, in your face." -- IGN Entertainment, April 29, 2003
Hugh Jackman Trivia
Jackman is terribly near-sighted and has extremely blurry vision when he isn't wearing contacts.
Hugh Jackman loves windsurfing, plays the piano, guitar, and violin, and sushi is his favorite comfort food.
His passions for collecting fine wine and fine dining are shared among friends with enormous generosity. His parties are legendary.
Jackman does yoga every day and has been a member of the School of Practical Philosophy since 1992.
Jackman has shown keen interest in a variety of sports. In high school, he played rugby football and cricket, took part in high jumping and was on the swimming team. He also enjoys basketball and kayaking. He has also expressed an interest in football, committing his support to Norwich City FC.
Jackman was required to add a great deal of muscle for the role of Woverine in the X-Men series, and in preparing for the fourth film, he bench-pressed over 300 pounds.
While filming Van Helsing (2004), he accidentally broke an extra's hand.
While appearing on Inside the Actor's Studio, Hugh said his favorite curse word is "bullshit".
He also said his favorite word is "panache."
Jackman had to take stunt-driving classes to prepare for his role in Swordfish (2001).
Jackman had never seen an episode of Saturday Night Live until he agreed to host the show. The producers sent him tapes of episodes so he could understand the format of the show.
Often his wife and, sometimes, members of his family stay with him while he is shooting on location.
Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, suffered through two miscarriages, which they point to as the most difficult point in their lives. Both of their children are adopted.
Hugh is left-handed, although often seen doing things right-handed (such as shooting, much like actor Keanu Reeves).
Upon meeting Olivia Newton-John (John Travolta introduced the two while he and Jackman were filming Swordfish), he confessed to her that under his desk in elementary school, there was a poster with Newton-John on it, and he would kiss the poster every day.
He was chosen as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" five years in a row, 2000 - 2004.
Jackman had to shave off all of the hair on his head and chest for scenes in the last third of the movie The Fountain