Hugh Jackman: ‘I’ve enjoyed mixing things up in my career’

Hugh Jackman has never felt trapped in his career.

The 47-year-old actor has taken on a wide variety of roles, including playing Wolverine in the X-Men movies and their spin offs. Despite perhaps being most well-known for starring as the mutant, Hugh has never been concerned with being typecast due to the role.

“People ask me all the time, ‘Are you afraid of getting typecast?'” Hugh told aintitcool.com. “There was a period around X-Men 3 where I did notice things were… I had done other things. I had done Peter Allen on Broadway (in The Boy from Oz), but things just started to get narrow in the offers I was getting. I didn’t know if that was from the filmmaker point of view or scripts, but from Les Miserables, Prisoners, things like that, I never really felt that feeling of being trapped. I’ve really enjoyed being able to do that.

“It’s funny, my agent who’s great, he’s been with me from he beginning, his advice to me straight after X-Men – I’m remembering it now – was to do different stuff. Because he knew me from before in Australia, so that’s when I did Kate & Leopold, Swordfish, and he said, ‘Don’t have the burden of the entire film.'”

Hugh’s latest role is as trainer Bronson Peary in Eddie the Eagle, a movie about the British ski jumper. The film stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, with the young actor previously most well known for appearing in 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service. Taron’s ability to go from a film like Kingsman to one like Eddie is something Hugh envies.

“Taron has got more, like I would say he’s 10 years ahead of me in terms of his confidence in terms of his choosing and waiting to choose, and the idea of coming out with Eddie straight afterwards, it seems like the smartest choice now, but that’s a bold choice,” he said. “I can’t think of any actor alive today who could pull off those two movies in a 12-month period so successfully.”

– Cover Media

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