Hugh Jackman was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance in The Greatest Showman, a role that displayed the Australian actor’s talents in a way we’d never seen before on the silver screen. It’s quite amazing, in a way, that it took Jackman over two decades to make a movie that displayed his singing and dancing abilities, because he told us that musical theater was a big part of his life, starting at a very young age.
You can see Jackman in his comfort zone now, with The Greatest Showman still playing in theaters.
Hugh Jackman is best known for his more serious roles, especially his career-defining role as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise. So it may come as a surprise to see him dancing and singing in his new movie, The Greatest Showman. But while those are skills he hasn’t shown off in his movie career, he actually did quite a bit of work in musical stage productions before coming to Hollywood, and he’s thrilled that he finally gets to do a movie musical.
Hugh Jackman stars with Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, and Zendaya in The Greatest Showman, which is now in theaters.
Zac Efron became a star thanks to his work in the High School Musical films, but since then singing has taken a backseat to carving out a diverse acting career. Whether it’s character driven work such as The Paperboy and At Any Price or straight up comedies such as Neighbors and Dirty Grandpa, Efron doesn’t mind mixing it up on the silver screen.
He returns with a spring to his step and a song in his heart in The Greatest Showman, starring as the ringmaster protegé to Hugh Jackman’sP.T. Barnum. The musical, as evidenced by its live commercial, has been an ambitious undertaking for everyone involved. In the audio clip below, Efron explains how the cast and crew gave “maximum effort” in the making of The Greatest Showman.
The Greatest Showman, co-starring Zendaya and Michelle Williams, opens nationwide December 20.
Hugh Jackman delivered one of his best cinematic performances earlier this year with Logan, and now he’s bringing his love for song and dance with The Greatest Showman. The project centers on how P.T. Barnum created, through perseverance and innovation, created the Barnum & Bailey circus.
Jackman’s own performing background isn’t relegated to the silver screen as he’s devoted a huge portion of his career to a life on the stage (he received a Tony for his work in The Boy from Oz). “The story is so full of heart,” said Jackman about The Greatest Showman.”And it’s about imagination.It’s about passion and following your dreams and just abandon – fearless abandon.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Jackman discuss how Barnum had a huge effect on entertainment in general:
The Greatest Showman, co-starringZac Efronand Zendaya, opens December 20.
An actor’s very job is to use their words and actions to create a convincing performance. For a lot of actors, though, their least convincing performance comes when they try to make you believe they don’t look at their movies’ box office numbers. Oh sure, they’ll trot out the old line about how just making the film was fulfilling enough, but let’s face it — if an actor’s movies don’t make money, that actor may not be making more movies in the future. And if it’s a hit, you better believe they’ll up their asking price for the next one.
So it’s refreshing to hear the plain truth from a superstar like Hugh Jackman, who told us he absolutely pays attention to the box office… and any actor who tells you differently? Well, don’t believe it. (Click on the media bar below to hear Hugh Jackman)
Of course, it helps when you’ve got good figures to report, and Jackman’s latest, Logan, won the box office battle on its opening weekend with an $88.4 million opening.