Check out this stunning new promotional photo featuring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. Although the photographer is unknown, some are predicting that Annie Leibovitz might have been behind the lens and that this was an outtake from the Vanity FairLes Mis photo shoot. Either way, it’s heavily emotional, showing just how menacing the shackles are not only on Valjean’s wrists but on his state of mind.
Les Misérables held its first press screenings yesterday, November 23rd, in New York City. There are raves pretty much across the board for the ambitious Tom Hooper-directed movie adaptation of the famous musical, based on the literary classic by Victor Hugo. Although there’s a press embargo until mid-December(-ish), various journalists have tweeted their reactions and reported on the crowd response at the two screenings. Pete Hammond of Deadline, however, was lucky enough to speak to both Tom Hooper and Hugh Jackman.
The article is a very good read, touching upon the exhaustion from Hooper to finish the film on time as well as Hugh’s nervousness to see the finished picture. “I was a very relieved man about 6PM last night,” he says in the piece, while reeling from his screening experience. There’s equal praise among them: Hugh commenting on Hooper’s decision to do Les Mis immediately after The King’s Speech, and Tom Hooper saying, “The movie wouldn’t exist without Hugh Jackman.” Check out a paragraph below before heading to the source for more; it’s also been added to the press archive.
“[Hugh] Jackman himself only just saw the film last night and when we spoke just a while ago he was still reeling from the experience. “I just saw it last night [in Sydney]. I was pretty speechless, I have to say. I think when I saw it in its entirety — I knew intellectually it was a big risk — but when I saw it I said, ‘Wow, man. This is massive, a big bone to chew on, that one.’ I felt so proud to be part of it. And I think for Tom to do this as his first film after King’s Speech is just an incredible kind of testament to him,” he said.
Sometimes there’s nothing to promote: it’s just about sitting down and talking about food. Hugh Jackman recently spoke to Food & Wine about one of his favorite subjects, including the benefits of being friends with Jean-Georges, how/why he learned to cook, and what his (and Wolverine’s) last meal might look like. Read the excerpt below before heading to the source for more; it’s also been added to the press archive.
You’re on the set of the new Wolverine movie right now, so you are in hard-core training mode. What have you eaten so far today?
Today I woke up and had just water, then I did cardio, had a protein shake, hit the weights, another protein shake. Actually, you caught me on a real treat day; just now, I had dry rye toast, three poached eggs, and smoked salmon.
Will there be a celebratory meal or two in New York when training is done?
Oh yeah. I’ll be going to ABC Kitchen, Locanda Verde, Barbuto. Italian is always a great way to go off a diet. But what I really crave is the most basic stuff: Australian meat pies, breakfast cereal, hot dogs.
You’re close with chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. What are the best fringe benefits of that?
Getting invited to his country house. It’s like living in a Food & Wine photo shoot: There’s lobster, lamb, steak, fish, salad, all done just simply. Lunch at his house was one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life.
Real Steel star Dakota Goyo is in another of Hugh Jackman’s films: Rise of the Guardians. While speaking to The Star for the soon-to-be-released DreamWorks Animation picture, he mentioned his previous co-star several times — including whether or not there will be more robot boxing adventures:
On getting involved with Guardians: “It happened two years ago. DreamWorks Animation asked me if I wanted to do the part, and of course I’m going to take it. It’s a great opportunity. There’s so many successful people in [the film]: Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Chris Pine; so many successful people that I’d love to be like someday.”
On Hugh’s transition to Bunnymund: “I think it was really funny how he was Wolverine at one point and now all of a sudden, he’s a bunny. I think that’s hilarious.”
As for whether Goyo will actually be working again with Jackman — in the flesh, that is — in a sequel to Real Steel, which pleased critics and audiences as it raked it almost $300 million worldwide, the young actor is understandably coy.
“There may be [a sequel]. I’m not allowed to say. There may be, there may not, I’m waiting to hear,” Goyo said. But, he added with more certainty, “it will be amazing.”
This is a bit delayed, but Hugh Jackman was on the cover of the Australian Women’s Weekly November issue. The article itself doesn’t cover much new ground for fans who follow him closely, but there’s some interesting insight on his marriage with Deborra-Lee (“passionate but not argumentative”) and on views regarding fatherhood (including what he’s learned from it, like “humility” along with “empathy and understanding”). There are also a couple of images in there that I believe are previously never seen.
Let the Les Misérables press begin: Entertainment Weekly has published the first interview of Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, where they both talk about the upcoming Tom Hooper-directed film adaptation of the popular musical (based on the popular Victor Hugo book). There’s some great insight into Hugh’s approach towards Jean Valjean, including preparations such as reading scenes featuring his character the night before he was due to shoot equivalent scenes. He also talks a little of Colm Wilkinson and Russell Crowe, including their influences on him on and off the Les Mis set. Lastly, there’s some philosophical Hugh to wade through with regards to the novel’s overall message and theme. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more; it’s also been added to the press archive:
Since [Colm Wilkinson] played Jean Valjean for years, was there anything valuable you picked up from him?
I did ask him a couple questions, but I remember him saying at one point, “It doesn’t matter in the end. What matters is you do it your way.” He said, “I’ve been to some shows, and I see them trying to do it the way I did. And I actually didn’t do it the way it was written. In the end, the way it was written didn’t really serve me, so I changed it. And now people think that’s how it was written, when it wasn’t.”
What a very Valjean thing to do: defy the rules.
That’s absolutely right! The other thing he said was he used to read the book periodically when doing the show, because it’s like dipping into gold. I’d read the book a couple of times, and I marked it up so I would read the scene written in the book the night before I would go on and act the scene in the film.
The other co-star I wanted to talk about was Russell Crowe. Valjean is very New Testament, all about forgiveness and redemption, and Javert is very Old Testament, much more about wrath and judgment.
We really pushed each other. That rivalry at the beginning, it really is a constant throughout. It had to be strong, and it’s really one of the spines of the story, that runs from beginning to end.
In a current feature with Vanity Fair, Amanda Sayfried – who plays Cosette in the upcoming film, Les Misérables – talked a little about Hugh Jackman. It’s not very in-depth (perhaps there’s more in the full article), but she has both very kind words about her co-star… along with a pretty funny anecdote in which they “sexualized everything.” Check out the excerpt below:
In Les Mis, [Amanda Seyfried] plays the adopted daughter of Hugh Jackman. Is it true, I ask, that nobody has a bad word to say about him? “There is nothing bad to say about Hugh. He isn’t human. I bet you anything he’s got some kind of superhuman capabilities, beyond just being just the kindest, gentlest soul I’ve come across.” Plus, she says, he has a wildly inappropriate sense of humour, which she shares.
Together they invented alternative story lines that transformed their characters’ tender relationship into something altogether less innocent, like the old Renault “Papa!” and “Nicole!” ads gone wild. “We sexualized everything as much as we could. It was really funny, the moments we could find… It’s like every movie has another version, another satirical version of itself.”
While scouring the web for some new Les Misérables content, I ran across these film stills featuring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. As far as I know, these haven’t been shared widespread at all, so I hope many of you are seeing them for the first time and that you enjoy the newest insight into the upcoming film.
Check out the above video of Hugh Jackman and Chris Pine introducing Rise of the Guardians, followed by a (pretty decently long) clip of the film when Jack Frost arrives at the North Pole. There’s also a Q&A with cast and crew after the scene with director Peter Ramsey, Alec Baldwin (Santa Claus, aka North), Isla Fisher (The Tooth Fairy, aka Tooth), and executive producer Guillermo del Toro. If the video doesn’t satiate you, there’s also a new article on the film with a couple of quotes from Hugh talking about Guardians — and how his kids already love the series (even if Bunnymund isn’t their favorite character):
During one of the story meetings, it was determined that Santa’s bodyguard yetis were the ones who made toys and not the elves, who are a bit flighty. And when talking with Ramsey, Jackman convinced Ramsey to let Bunnymund have a little chip on his shoulder since North gets all the attention.
The key to voicing a gruff, albeit gentle, ninja rabbit? “Always recording early in the morning — then there’s no acting required when it comes to gruffness,” says Jackman, whose 12-year-old son Oscar and 7-year-old daughter Ava are already Guardians fans.
“It’s really so fulfilling to me that they are so excited by it. They are obsessed with the movie and have been reading all the books since then. I’d like to say Bunnymund was their favorite, but I think the truth is that Sandman was their favorite and they just don’t want to hurt my feelings.”
As much as I loved Flor’s previous layout on Hugh Jackman Fan, I really wanted to have a Les Misérables-themed design in honor of the movie coming out next month. After contacting Flor, she’s wowed me yet again with this brilliant new look featuring Hugh Jackman as the iconic character, Jean Valjean. I wanted emphasis solely on Hugh as the worn literary figure, escaping from his convict past and looking forward to a better, more hopeful future. If you see any errors, please let me know. Hope you enjoy!
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