Quotes From Others

• Aaron Tveit: “I can’t say enough about Hugh Jackman. I knew him from New York, and I think what he does in [Les Misérables] is an Everest-like feat. And he does it with such ease every day. I mean, no one could complain, no one could cry about anything because of how hard he was working and the attitude he brought every day to work. It starts at the top, as a company leader, and he’s the greatest. I’ve seen him on stage in New York, and I’d love to share the stage with him in New York.”

• Amy Poehler, on hosting the Golden Globe Awards: “He was in the audience literally the entire time beaming at us and clapping. He knows what it’s like to host one of these things. And he could do what we did with one hand while in his sleep. He’s that talented. And he was in the front row and just proud. Between commercial breaks he’d be like, ‘You’re doing great.’ He’s a mensch, that guy.”

• Ashley Judd: “The love he radiates is sublime. And that is gorgeous in the most emotional, captivating way.”

• Baz Luhrmann: “He is the most centered, incredibly focused actor I’ve ever worked with. I know everybody always says that in Hollywood, but I really mean it.”

• Brendan Fraser: “I’m the most ‘hetero’ guy I know and even I wanted to jump Hugh Jackman’s bones.”

• Bryan Singer: “He’s a real sweetheart. He’s the most loving guy, and someone who came out of musical theater. I send some ridiculous note, ‘I need anger, that rage, that Russell Crowe side, get into a fight with your wife or something.’ The next day he came up to me and said, ‘Bry, I thought about what you said but if I ever got in a fight with Deborra, I would show up for work in tears.’ I realized that’s the other side of Wolverine and we didn’t want to lose that either — he’s a guy you wouldn’t want to get into a bar fight with but you’d let him babysit your kids.”

• Bryan Singer: “I love Hugh Jackman. Love Hugh Jackman. He’s the coolest. He’s one of the coolest actors I’ve ever worked with, and I’ll do anything with him.”

• Darren Aronofsky on Hugh’s emotional level in The Fountain: “How many male actors have you actually seen do emotional work? On the road, that’s come up. I’ve been in 15 cities in the last 2-3 weeks, and a lot of different people, women, have said to me, I’ve never seen a man that vulnerable, on or off screen. I didn’t really know what he could do, because when I first started this he wasn’t on my list, because he had just done Wolverine – which he was fantastic as. He became a star off of, which is an amazing, difficult thing to do if you’re a fan – just to step into that role out of no where and actually pull it off was a big accomplishment. But, I hadn’t seen nothing else. Then when I saw ‘The Boy From Oz,’ I just saw an incredible amount of talent, it was undeniable. Outside of what he did in The Fountain, the guy can sing and dance. I mean it’s really kind of upsetting. It’s just remarkable what he did in this movie. And it’s overlooked somewhat.””

• David Wenham: “Hugh Jackman is the world’s nicest man and I’m determined to find something wrong with him. That’s my job in life.”

• Eddie Redmayne: “Les Mis was kind of extraordinary because Hugh Jackman is a movie star. Incredibly talented, ridiculously hardworking, and unbelievably generous. I remember he was shooting in February in England in Portsmith, in water in 40-degree weather, with a hundred extras behind him. I think the extras were about to walk off set, like, ‘I’m not doing this.’ It was extraordinarily miserable. But because Hugh was up front, in front of all the guys, take after take after take, again, they managed to stay on.”

• Eric Bana: “I keep in regular contact with him. It’s a wonderful luxury to be able to share some of those experiences and have someone to confide in. Hugh’s one of the people on the planet, who I can compare notes with and talk about certain things. It’s a really wonderful, lucky relationship that we have purely as a result of our wives, who we met through.”

• Guillermo del Toro: “I like Hugh Jackman very much. He has a lot of charisma, he’s a very good actor with a lot of energy. Some actors are eminently sympathetic and able to take the audience on huge journeys. They go through great ordeals on screen and retain basic human decency, and Hugh Jackman is one of those actors.”

• James Marsden: “[Hugh’s love of Broadway is] just in his blood. That’s where he comes from, the theater, and he loves it. And he’s another one, he’s smart, he knows that, ‘Hey I can go make a gazillion dollars doing Real Steel, have a good time and make a good movie, and make enough money that I can go make nothing on Broadway!’ Well, not that he’s not going to make anything. But he gets back on Broadway, he does a show and he just loves it.”

• James McAvoy: “Getting to work with Hugh [Jackman] – who I christened Hugo Boss – was great. He’s amazing. The guy’s got grace coming out of every single pore. If we could all be a bit more like Hugh, it would be a very happy planet.”

• Jarrod Emick: “Hugh is a gem. What a terrific talent. I’m a huge X-Men fan. He’s already given me a video game, “Wolverine’s Revenge.” His son’s too young to play it. Gorgeous child. And his wife is the sweetest thing in the world. Hugh’s a great guy. I’d pay to watch him read the phone book.”

• Joel Stein: “The only proof that we really were writing for the Oscars is that Jackman would visit our room for a couple of hours each day. To my surprise, the best kind of boss is a sexy boss. Jackman greeted each of us with a giant hug, which would have been a perfect test of how gay I am, except I was totally focused on making sure I wasn’t crushed to death by his giant lats. So, pretty gay. Jackman would laugh uproariously at everything we suggested, which is one of the huge advantages of writing for a non-comedian. He acted out all our stuff, belted out our songs while standing on furniture and even watched most of Be Kind Rewind with us for no good reason. He was so omniscient in his niceness that not only did he look sad when we played him the Christian Bale freak-out tape, but he also, after agreeing to record a parody of it, called Bale to make sure it was cool if we put it online. He even let me try on the real, $18,000 plastic Wolverine claws, which made me want to do a bit about the moon and body hair; the reaction made me realize I probably should have seen an X-Men movie before writing for Jackman.”

• Kate Beckinsale: “I was at Comic Con for Van Helsing. I went with Hugh Jackman and that’s like going with Elvis. I had this incredible experience where you see the full obsession of people dressed up like Wolverine. If he walked passed them, they’d go ‘Arrrr!’ ‘Grrr!’ You’re with Elvis! I could’ve been naked, covered in butter, and nobody would’ve looked at me.”

• Katie Couric: “I have to say my favorite guest is Hugh Jackman, only because he is such a nice person. He’s so generous, he’s so relaxed. When you do interviews, some people really give you a lot and they understand what goes into giving a good interview and I always feel that Hugh always really comes to play and he’s just such an engaging guy with such a wonderful personality.”

• Lea Salonge: “I doubt he’d remember it, but everyone remembers him because he’s the guy who really made a major star turn when he opened his mouth to sing. Everybody just gasped because it was a beautiful man, incredibly handsome, very masculine, and incredibly talented. They threw the mold out when they made him. And I was thinking to myself, ‘Man, we need more of those on Broadway.'”

• Lynn Collins: “He’s one of the finest movie stars I’ve ever met. He’s old school and a beautiful man, a great leader and actor. I had such a wonderful time learning from him, from seeing the way he handles himself on set to how he handles fans. He works so hard and knows how to play Wolverine so well. He could hop in and out of character, and he’s such a funny man, too. I think everyone in the industry should want to work with him at some stage.”

• Lynn Collins: “I found a mentor in Hugh. His positive energy really is above and beyond what I could have expected. And he really taught me that it is important to be good to people, that that is the number one priority, no matter what work we do, is to be good to each other, to be kind to each other. And he is generous as well. That’s what I came out of this project feeling like, ‘Wow, I really wanna continue that!'”

• Michael Caine: “I saw him onstage in The Boy From Oz, which I thought was one of the best performances I have ever seen in my life by anybody, anywhere. And I’ve been alive a long, long time and I’ve seen many many shows. And I think he’s a great great and wonderful actor, and he’s a lovely guy.”

• Robert Downey, Jr. on The Prestige: “It’s like the old filmm The Seven-Per-Cent Solution – that Sherlock Holmes movie – it was so not what you expected. To me, it was a Ferrari engine of a script, and Christian Bale is always exciting and innovative. The scene where Hugh Jackman is dying and then has a page and a half monologue… How do you deliver a speech like that? But Jackman handled it.”

• Ryan Reynolds: “Hugh is a great guy. He’s a very classy human being. He sets the bar for being classy in Hollywood. It’s almost mayoral, his approach to Hollywood. It’s as much his job to sign an autograph or take a photo with a fan as it is to blow people away with his performance on screen. He could host a master class on how to be a movie star. At one point, he was going to be shooting Real Steel in Louisiana while I was doing Green Lantern, and we were e-mailing back and forth about having dinner, but they switched to Michigan at the last minute. He’s a tremendous guy and a role model, really.”

• Scarlett Johansson: “Working on Scoop with Hugh, of course, I was just very fortunate to work with Hugh. He’s just – I mean, we call him the Mayor of Hollywood – he’s just all around amazing. A triple threat: singing, dancing, acting. And unbelievably, ridiculously gorgeous.”

• Shawn Levy: “Hugh Jackman is known as the nicest guy in showbiz. I can confirm that rumor. It’s insane, but it’s like no one’s ever told him he’s ridiculously good looking and a massive movie star. I’m hoping we can keep that secret because he is way too nice for someone who is all those things. He’s the greatest and he brings an underlying kind of sympathetic, lovable trait to Charlie [in Real Steel], who can be a really hard, tough guy.”

• Sid Ganis: “Damn he’s so good! So easy. He makes it look so very easy and he’s so personable. In between the acts, during commercials, he was out there talking to the audience. Towards the end of the show, in between acts, he brought a plate of cookies—chocolate chip cookies—and specifically, presented them to his wife. He said out loud how much he loves his wife, she took a cookie and he spread the rest of them around the front orchestra there. He was great. He knows how to hoof. He knows how to sing. He can be our own killer-diller guy! And he can also be sweet as pie—a combination of both. He’s really an all-around performer.”

• Steven Spielberg: “Hugh’s a great actor. He’s a great entertainer. He could do anything. He could do Broadway. He could do musical theater. He could do movies — and probably a few other mediums we haven’t invented yet.”

• Taylor Kitsch: “To be honest, it’s an aura that, in this business, I’ve never come across. He’s incredibly disciplined and free. There’s just something about him. You walk away and he hits you. He’s just this person that’s so grounded and so open that you question whether it’s real or not. I’ve met nobody like him. The way he welcomed me on set, it was just a huge influence.”

• Trevor Nunn: “Hugh has a great quality of revelation and also a purity of spirit.”

• Will.i.Am: “Hugh Jackman is the nicest guy on Earth. I was like, ‘Dang, dude,’ he was so super nice.”