Collider has released a few separate snippets from an interview with Hugh Jackman over the past week or so, but they’ve recently published the entire interview and a long audio (over twenty minutes) of it as well. Some of the information is repeated (information on Les Miserables has already been posted on HJF), but there’s some interesting tidbits in this new piece as well. I would highly recommend checking out the interview audio, especially around the 22-minute mark, for a brief Jean Valjean treat. Check out an excerpt below and visit the source for the entire thing. It has also been added to the press archive.
Question: Were you familiar with the Richard Matheson short story before shooting?
HUGH JACKMAN: I actually didn’t read it until about the second week of shooting, and it was Don Murphy who gave it to me. He said, “You’ve read it right?” I said, “Actually, no, I haven’t, but I’ve seen The Twilight Zone episode.” So, it was great to read it. I should have read it before I started. There’s some good stuff in it. It’s terrific. He was a great writer. I want to read more of his stuff.
What was it like working with Sugar Ray Leonard?
JACKMAN: Of all the things that he told me, and there were many, the thing that really affected me the most was his insistence about the importance of the corner man, which is effectively what I play. Not as much the fighter, but the corner man. And, he talked a lot about Angelo Dundee, and how he was the difference between winning and losing in some fights. He’d be behind the monitor for some scenes doing, endlessly doing right left. He looked over and said, “They will only believe these fights, if you and the corner are connected. You have to be the emotional strength. You have to be the wisdom. You have to be the spine of that fighter.” It was a great bit of advice.
Your character has a tough relationship with his son. Being a dad yourself, was it hard to do that?
JACKMAN: After a few days, (director) Shawn [Levy] actually pulled me and Dakota [Goyo] aside and said to both of us, “Look, Dakota, you’re a very well brought up and polite kid. Hugh, you genuinely like children. You’ve got to stop that, immediately. Go further. Keep going. I’ll tell you, if you’ve gone too far.” There were several times when he’d call cut, and I’d see Dakota look over to his mom, like he was going to get into trouble. “They told me to say this. It’s okay.” Because it obviously goes against the grain. Having said that, I do have two children and there are times you want to say things that you are not allowed to say, right? It was nice to be able to let them rip for three months. It was good therapy.
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