Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Jackman's Dark Side Prisoners; Prisoners Brings Out

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Jackman's Dark Side Prisoners; Prisoners Brings Out

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HUGH Jackman had to dig deep for his dark, angry role in French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve's child abduction thriller Prisoners.

The father of two plays Keller Dover, who takes the law into his own hands after he becomes frustrated at the law's inability to find his daughter and her kidnapper.

Jackman's powerful performance was praised at the film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last month.

It's another dramatic turn for the 45-year-old, who will soon reprise his beloved role as Wolverine in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Q: Bearing in mind who you were going to play, did you think long and hard about the role?

A: I did. I saw the script a couple of years before I signed on and I said, a[approximately]We really need to make sure that it's the right director', because the film needed to be balanced in the right way. You don't want to deny that it is a genre movie. It is a thriller; it's a cat-and-mouse thing; it's eight days with a ticking clock where Jake's character is trying to find the perpetrator, and it does keep you on the edge of your seat.

But it's more than that - it's a drama that makes you think long and hard after you have left the cinema about what happens to marriages, to parents, to siblings, to the police, to communities, in that situation, and it needed someone like Denis, who had that eye for detail, for character, for moral ambiguity, because otherwise it would simply just be a genre movie and the danger would be that you would almost be glorifying the violence.

Q: So, there is quite a lot of moral ambiguity in this film. It isn't black and white or right and wrong?

A: Absolutely. You understand where my character is coming from - any parent can. And, yet, when Deb, my wife, was watching it with me she was gripping my hand, but there is a certain point in the movie where she took her hand away from mine. Deb wears everything on her sleeve and I could feel she was getting uncomfortable with my character. She was right on board and then she was like, a[approximately]I'm not sure about this now'. But right in the middle of that moral ambiguity is exactly where the movie sits and where it's at its most powerful. …

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