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Was Dolph Ziggler’s Jaw Really Broken? Hugh Doesn’t Think So

There’s been a lot of speculation as to whether or not WWE star, Dolph Ziggler, really suffered from a “hairline mandibular fracture” (as stated on his official Twitter) after Hugh punched him at Raw on Monday, September 19th. WWE is, of course, known for staging many acts within the program, but a punch was really thrown, so there was a lot of talk about the severity of the injury. Here’s what Hugh told Entertainment Weekly about the incident:

“It was scripted that I would go for that punch,” Jackman tells EW. “But just before we went on, Dolph was yelling at me, ‘You hit me man! Just f—ing hit me!’ During rehearsal I said, ‘I’d like to do it, but I’ve spent 20 years pulling punches, trying not to hit. Trying to make it look real, but not really hit.’ He said, ‘There’s no way. There’s cameras everywhere, there’s crowd everywhere, there’s no way we can “whiff it,”‘ as they call it.”

So…?

“So I hit him,” Jackman shrugs. “He said, ‘Hit me as hard as you can.’ So I hit him pretty hard. And you can see it in my eyes. I watched [the clip] again, and you can see me going ‘Uh oh…’ a little. I’m acting like, ‘Yeah!’ but I’m really like, ‘S—, I kinda really clocked him in the jaw.'”

“The next day I read he really broke his jaw and I wasn’t surprised — but I don’t think he did,” Jackman continues, rolling his eyes. “He’s prone to exaggeration – which is why I hit him! Nah, just kidding!”

Jackman said he has been a wrestling fan since he was a kid. “What they do in the ring is real,” he says.

Hugh…

He puts his hands up. “I saw some faking that night, I’ll be deadly honest,” he says. “It’s scripted entertainment. But in that ring, and when you see them backstage getting warmed up, they get fired up. ‘You better f—ing hit me!’ They’re hitting each other backstage.”

Glee, Fistfights, Rosé? A Few Quick Press Pieces on Hugh

Hugh Jackman’s been busy promoting Real Steel, which means lots of press is coming out. Unfortunately, not much seems beefy enough to store in the Archive, but there are some interesting tidbits being released in small articles. Like, did you know he’s interested in guest starring in “Glee”? And that he’s been involved in many fistfights? Check out excerpts below and follow the source links for more information:

“I would quite like to appear in ‘Glee,'” he told BANG Showbiz. “I’ve seen one episode so yeah, maybe.”

The actor added that he prefers playing tougher roles, such as Wolverine in the X-Men series and the title character in Van Helsing.

“I enjoy playing tough guys in movies because I’m really pretty boring in real life,” he said. “I just get to be much more interesting on screen.”

FOR MORE, GO HERE.

Hugh Jackman admits he has been involved in fistfights.

He told the Daily Star, “I have been in plenty of fights, and I’m definitely not always the winner. The last time I was in the U.K. I got in an argument with a guy in a pub about the rugby or something and the next thing I was flat out on my face.

“Luckily, as an actor most people don’t want to punch you in the face.”

FOR MORE, GO HERE.

Hugh has teased that he’ll stick to a particular bodybuilding method while still enjoying a tipple.

“It doesn’t. It sucks,” he replied when asked how his gym routine will fit in with his vacation.

“It absolutely does not work. But there’s a bodybuilding theory that you can drink before noon and still stay in shape. It’s given me the idea for a plan. I’m going to wake up at six and start drinking rosé – then I’ll train in the afternoon!”

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Hugh Talks Fitness Regime in Men’s Health UK

Another article featuring Hugh can be seen in October’s issue of Men’s Health UK, where he talks about his fitness regime in great detail. He also discusses the importance of nutrition in order to keep top physical shape. I won’t be putting a transcript in the press archive because of the nature of the article spread (it being more of a how-to/guide), but you can read it in the gallery. Thank you to Tiffany for directing me to the scans!

Hugh Covers Time Out Sydney; Men’s Fitness

Hugh, just like Wolverine, Real Steel is a highly physical part. How do you stay in such great shape?
I love boxing — I grew up doing it. I do a lot of training still. I train at this gym. They train you as if you are preparing for a title fight, but you don’t get hit like a big fighter. That’s a perk.

We hear you worked with one of boxing’s all-time greats, Sugar Ray Leonard. What’s he like?
I was starstruck when I met Sugar Ray. He’s so good looking. He’s very open as a person. I really wanted to find out what it’s like to celebrate a comeback. He was open about how lonely it was as a fighter. He talked to me about the relationship between the corner guy and the boxer. You have to get that look, he kept telling me.

Real Steel deals with fatherhood. We always see pictures of you playing with your kids. You’re setting the bar pretty high for all the dads out there…
I don’t know if I am the perfect dad but I am kind of a big kid myself. And as an actor I have permission to play. I like to think I am a better father than my character in this film — I mean, Charlie [Kenton] wasn’t even there for the first ten years of his kid’s life.

It’s well known that your father raised you [in Wahroonga] after your parents’ divorce, but did he have a lot of time for you?
There wasn’t a lot of deep talking and discussions when I grew up. My dad worked full-time as an accountant. For most of the time he was a single parent with five kids. He was an amazing man. On holiday he would camp with us on the beach. Five kids in a tent on a beach! It must have been brutal for him. How did he do it? I appreciate it a lot more today, what he did for us.

How do you spend the holidays with your kids?
Much fancier! [laughs] We are going to France, to Provence. We are renting a house down there. I like to get away from it all. I still like to go camping — but not on a beach.

READ MORE IN THE PRESS ARCHIVE.

It’s midmorning in a Brooklyn restaurant overlooking the East River, and I’m waiting for Hugh Jackman. Leading up to our MF interview, I had read articles, watching interviews, and spoken with former co-stars about the actor-singer-dancer-do-it-all and learned that, in an industry replete with jerks, Jackman give Tom Hanks a run for his money as Hollywood’s most likable leading man. He’s never chased starlets or stormed off a set because there were red M&Ms in his trailer’s candy bowl. Instead, he’s known for breaking into song and dance on movie sets and planning his workday around his kids. Although Jackman earned a reported $20 million for his next turn as Wolverine, the 43-year-old still troves his son to school every morning. “He’s easily the nicest guy in Hollywood,” says Shawn Levy, who directed Jackman in DreamWorks’ new robo-boxing movie, Real Steel. “And it’s not an act. There’s no on-off switch. He is an open, gracious, generous human being all the time.”

And yet I’m wary of Mr. Nice Guy. As a cynical native New Yorker, I am convinced that an A-lister like Jackman doesn’t ascend to uberfame by being completely and utterly kind. Since we’re about to spend the day together, perhaps I’ll catch a few seconds of celebrity ego.

Jackman shows up to breakfast sporting a fitted gray T-shirt and a two-day beard. He immediately displays nonsuperstar characteristics. He is prompt, arrives alone, and, perhaps most surprising, does not wield any sort of phone/handheld device. He melts the waitress with his supernova smile. Then, after ordering hot water with lemon, grapefruit juice, and an omelet with “loads of veggies,” he stars chatting as if we were old frat brothers.

Since Real Steel centers on boxing – Jackman plays Charlie Kenton, a down-on-his-luck former boxer and deadbeat dad who train robots to fight – the first topic is sports. Jackman grew up in Sydney, a city of sportsmen. He was swimming before he could walk and banging bodies on the rugby pitch till he bled. “I’ve always loved to play,” he says. “It’s the lifestyle I’ve always known.” While he still maintains a variety of outdoor pursuits – kayaking with former Australian Ironman surf champion Guy Leech, swimming with a triathlon group, body surfing, and golfing – a superstar can only do so much. “[Actor and director] Ed Burns told me how he plays tennis all the time,” says Jackman. “I’d love to do my cardio on the cout instead of on the treadmill, but it’s not easy to arrange these days.”

What does come easily for Jackman, however, is his ability to converse about all kinds of topics. Concerned with today’s sedentary habits of American children, he explains that his two kids, Oscar, 11, and Ava, 6, are “not allowed to watch any screens” during the week.” A typical “good day” is lunch with Deborra-Lee Furness, his wife of 15 years, a walk, an hour of singing, and a visit with friends. A mention of his 2008 People magazine “Sexiest Man Alive” crown elicits self-deprecation. “An old friend of mine e-mailed me and said he had cowboy boots sexier than me,” he says. He discusses his extensive charitable projects, inquires sincerely about my career and life and, perhaps most surprisingly, he’s not on his iPhone when I return from the bathroom. Instead he’s by the front door waiting for me. “Ready, mate?” he asks.

READ MORE IN THE PRESS ARCHIVE.

Hugh is currently on the cover of a couple of magazines, including Time Out Sydney and Men’s Fitness. HJF is happy to provide scans of his feature articles, which can now be viewed in the gallery and the press archive. Many thanks to Jenny for scanning TOS and to Claudia for bringing the MF’s scans to my attention!

Hugh Jackman: “[My son] thinks I’m embarrassing.”

Hugh Jackman’s son thinks he is embarrassing.

The 42-year-old actor insists 11-year-old Oscar – his eldest child with wife Deborra-Lee Furness – doesn’t view him as ‘cool’, despite portraying ‘X-Men’ hero Wolverine on the big screen.

Hugh – who also has six-year-old daughter Ava with his wife – said: ‘I just did this one-man show in Toronto. There’s an early song where I’m talking about how I like to dance but I’m Wolverine – it’s a funny, fun thing.

‘I was dancing and being a bit of a goofball. My son turned to my wife and said, ‘My dad is so embarrassing.’ He thinks I’m embarrassing.’

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“Kids are the Greatest Joy,” Says Hugh Jackman

A great new article has just been released from the Herald Sun, in which Hugh talks about fatherhood. He touches on the pain of failed IVF attempts, but the joys of adopting and raising children. It’s a great read that only briefly touches on Real Steel (and how Oscar felt about Hugh working with another boy around his age). Check out an excerpt of it below, or read the entire piece in the Press Archive.

Despite many Hollywood stars having rags-to-riches stories, few tend to dwell on them. They’re more likely to talk about their latest role, their recent Oscar, their “blessed” existence. After all, who wants to admit the reality and spoil the fantasy that the rich and famous have perfect lives?

Hugh Jackman could be forgiven for focusing on the good stuff. The Sydney native has earned his place at the top of the showbiz heap (his pay cheque for 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine was rumoured to be $20 million), and with his boyish smile and chiselled physique, it would be easy to believe the all-singing, all-dancing star has enjoyed a trouble-free life.

But, from the moment he arrives for our chat, sans entourage and dressed in a simple outfit of black polo shirt and jeans, it’s clear the 42-year-old doesn’t pretend to be anything he’s not. And despite his A-list status and high earning power, he also doesn’t shy away from the parts of his life that have caused him heartache, namely his struggle to become a father.

“It was painful,” says Jackman of the moment he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness discovered they couldn’t have children. “It’s not easy. You put a lot of time and effort into it, so it’s emotional. I think any parent can relate – trying to have children is wonderful and when you feel as though that’s not going to happen, there’s a certain anxiety that goes with it.”

Pouring himself a glass of water, Jackman explains how, after meeting on the set of ABC prison drama “Correlli” in 1995, he and Furness decided to have children naturally, then adopt later in life. But things didn’t go to plan.

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Hugh Jackman: From Wolverine Claws to a Theatre’s Applause

Another article – this one courtesy of Canada’s The Globe & Mail – has been added to the Press Archive. The piece highlights the upcoming shows in Toronto and what to expect, including a moment of intimacy with a segment devoted to Hugh’s wife. It’s a really great introspective article with some nice details. See an excerpt below:

It’s tough, all this multitasking. Every two hours, Hugh Jackman was supposed to eat a mini-meal – vegetables and lean protein only – to bulk up for the film he’ll be shooting in the fall, The Wolverine, yet another iteration of his adamantium-clawed X-Men character. But as fast as he was putting calories in, he was burning them off, because he was also prepping a two-week run of a song-and-dance show, complete with an 18-piece orchestra, that he’ll launch July 5 at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre. On a June afternoon about a month before his opening, he was holding court in the basement bar of the theatre next door, chatting up such an eager succession of reporters that all he had time to ingest were some nuts and a bottle of vitamin water.

Still, something was working. Jackman, 42, was super-charming, engaged, Aussie accent in full bloom. He made the reporter before me blush by telling her she was the spitting image of his first girlfriend, when he was 14. “She dumped me at a bus stop,” he said. “She was crazy,” the reporter managed to stammer. When I faced him, he looked tall (he’s 6-foot-3) and trim in a short-sleeved polo shirt. But then he crossed his arms behind his head, and – bam! – out popped humongous biceps, like mountains on the horizon of his humeri.

Jackman has always been a mixed bag. Nasty enough for action flicks (Swordfish, Van Helsing), pretty enough for romances (Australia, Kate & Leopold), soulful enough for dramas (The Fountain, The Prestige), he was also gutsy enough to put his film career on hold at its first peak in 2003 and head to Broadway to play Peter Allen, the gay Australian choreographer, in the musical The Boy from Oz.

“The idea of doing Broadway in sequins for a year didn’t seem smart,” Jackman says. “But I’d been offered the part years earlier and strategized my way out of it. When I saw how terrific it was, it made me sick to the stomach that I’d let it go. I wasn’t going to let that happen again.” He won a Tony for it, and a three-year gig hosting the Tony Awards. And he no longer strategizes.

“My agent does, a bit,” Jackman says, “but only as far as ‘I think you’ve got the talent to be an actor when you’re 85, and I want to protect that.’ It’s long-term, which I like.”

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Hugh Jackman Talks about Early Days as an Actor

Following the incoming press for the upcoming Toronto concerts, Xtra! – “Canada’s gay and lesbian news” – has posted the following article on their site. In it, Hugh talks about his start as an actor and how it almost didn’t happen. It has been added to the Press Archive.

I think it was his eyes that got me at first: piercing blue with long, seductive lashes and just the right amount of crinkly bits in the skin surrounding them. Sure, I’d admired him on the screen before, but now, in person, I was struck anew by the truly fine specimen of masculine beauty that is Hugh Jackman.

He’s confident without seeming cocky. He’s well versed in current events without seeming arrogant. And he’s got an ass that would make a grown man weep — I know, because I did. Hugh (he asked me to call him that) is in town promoting his upcoming concert series with Mirvish Productions.

It’s quite a departure for those familiar only with Jackman’s action roles, in films such as Van Helsing or the X-Men franchise. Let’s face it: it’s hard to imagine Wolverine spinning around the stage belting out show tunes.

But Jackman actually got his start in musical theatre back home in Australia. Early childhood roles in plays like Camelot sparked an interest in singing and dancing — a curiosity that was quickly squashed when he announced it to his family.

“I would love to say I was Billy Elliot, but I wasn’t,” Jackman says. “My dad was like, ‘Terrific,’ but my brother was like, ‘Ah, you poof!’ I was only about 10 or 11, but I remember thinking that this is not a good thing.”

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Hugh Jackman Talks About Upcoming Stint in Toronto

A new article from NOW Magazine has been added to their website. In it, Hugh talks about his upcoming one-man shows in Toronto. Additionally, HJF is excited to announce the new Press Archive! It’s going to be major work-in-progress for quite some time, but eventually it’ll house a respectably comprehensive collection of articles and interviews featuring Hugh. You can already find this new article – entitled “Jackman of all trades” – right here.

Like the movie mutant he plays onscreen, Hugh Jackman leads a double life. He’s a glamorous movie star as well as a Broadway singer and dancer. He fuses both his showbiz talents this week in Hugh Jackman In Concert.

Sitting in a bordello-like sub-level of the Royal Alex, Jackman exudes charisma in a black polo shirt, gamely reeling off stories in his Australian twang about a college drama instructor who did all his casting by drawing a straight line from students’ names on the class list to the play’s cast list.

“He was a Trotskyist, this guy,” he explains, grinning.

That didn’t dull his enthusiasm for the live stage, however.

“Every time I see a play, I think, ‘I want to be up there!’” he says, his voice filled with energy. “It feels like a massive indulgence. An 18-piece orchestra playing my favourite music.”

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