Jackman Savours Every Moment of Dream Role; Interview: Hugh Jackman

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Jackman Savours Every Moment of Dream Role; Interview: Hugh Jackman


Byline: Hugh Jackman

If you've been known to lather up and enjoy a good old sing-song in the bathroom, then you're in good company.

"I always sing in the shower," says a smiling Hugh Jackman. "I sing most days of my life and the shower's where I spend a good 10 minutes."

He showcases his vocal prowess in the much-anticipated movie adaptation of the long-running musical Les Miserables, playing the story's protagonist, Jean Valjean. "You follow him for a 20-year span, and throughout that time you see all the ups and downs, the pain and the ecstasy that life brings," says Jackman, who puts in a tour de force performance as the reformed convict which has already garnered him a Golden Globe nomination.

"Valjean's like a Hamlet; he's one of those parts that you hope one day you're going to get to play apart from in your bathroom."

Although best known for his movie roles, notably as X-Men's Wolverine, Jackman, 44, boasts an impressive theatrical background, having starred in productions such as Sunset Boulevard and Oklahoma. Only recently he performed a one-man show on Broadway. "All the things I've done leading up to Les Miserables, whether it be on stage or in film, I feel came together in this role. It's the role of a lifetime," he says.

"I've been in musical theatre for a number of years and I've done movies for a number of years, so there have been two sides of my career that's felt slightly schizophrenic," he explains. But the Emmy and Tony-award winning actor didn't think a big screen adaptation of Les Miserables was possible - until his agent heard a potential movie was in the pipeline.

"I immediately rang Cameron (Mackintosh, the theatre producer) and said, 'Oh my God, I've got to do this'.

"Then I rang Tom Hooper and said, 'I need a meeting'. I've never been so aggressive going for a part," he says, grinning.

The Oscar-winning director, fresh from his success with The King's Speech, agreed to meet. "I came into the room and I was like, 'Mate, I'm so excited, I really want to audition for you', and Tom went, 'Woah!"' recalls Jackman, laughing. "He hadn't even signed on (to the film) yet but was thinking about it.

"Anyway, I auditioned for him about a month later and the rest is history."

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and set against the social and political upheavals of 19th century France, Les Miserables is an epic tale about broken dreams, unrequited love and a timeless testament to the endurance of the human spirit. …

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