Actors’ Spotlight #55: Hugh Jackman

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Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor, singer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in variety of film genres. He is known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series, as well as for his lead roles in films such as the romantic-comedy fantasy Kate & Leopold (2001), the action-horror film Van Helsing (2004), the magic-themed drama The Prestige (2006), the epic fantasy drama The Fountain (2006), the epic historical romantic drama Australia (2008), the film version of Les Misérables (2012), and the thriller Prisoners (2013). His work in Les Misérables earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2013.

In Broadway theatre, Jackman won a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz. A four-time host of the Tony Awards themselves, he won an Emmy Award for one of these appearances. Jackman also hosted the 81st Academy Awards on 22 February 2009.

Nobody with the caliber of an acting ability can be one of our greatest musical performers while also being the definitive badass in Wolverine and Hugh Jackman has done such an amazing job of broadening his reach as an actor since his first feature acting role in 1999.

But even with a caliber actor of his type, Jackman has had his fair share of failures, here are 5 times that Hugh Jackman is at his worst:

5. Van Helsing

A movie that should’ve been badass but was quickly dated thanks to its’ laughingly bad special effects, terrible acting from Hugh Jackman & Kate Beckinsale, a lousy script, poor execution and cliché riddled moments of WTFness.

4. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

This movie just falters on all levels and was clearly made by people who had no intention on following the actual origins of Wolverine and just decided to throw in the most clichéd action plot ever into a piss-poor superhero movie that nearly killed the X-Men franchise for all times.

3. Eddie The Eagle

A lame ass biopic on something that wasn’t even happening. They literally forced situations in this movie to make a biopic out of something that never even happened. What a waste of Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman’s talents.

2. Pan

One of the biggest misfires of trying to start a new franchise of films with Peter Pan, I mean, my god, the second the kids arrive in Neverland and the pirates are singing Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, I was done but when Jackman comes in looking like the Tim Burton Willy Wonka version of Captain Hook, I was really done.

and the #1 worst Hugh Jackman movie is…

Chappie

Chappie is such a joke, it takes a once respected up-and-coming director and just shows that he does not give a shit anymore. Neill Blomkamp has turned into the M. Night Shymalan of sci-fi movies. This movie is so god-awful, the characters are annoying, the villains are terrible, the story is extremely predictable, Blomkamp has pretty much committed career suicide with this shitstain of a movie.

So, those are the worst of Jackman but what about the best Jackman has done in film?

5. The Prestige

A great Christopher Nolan directed film with a terrific cast including Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine, & the late David Bowie and some incredible special effects for a movie on this caliber, the visuals in this are fantastic, the story is really good, the music by David Juliyan is great, one of Christopher Nolan’s most underrated movies.

4. Prisoners

A powerful thriller with a great cast, great direction by Denis Villenueve, and great suspense all around.

3. Happy Feet

Who would’ve guessed a movie about dancing penguins would’ve had such a lasting impact than any animated movie released in 2006?

Happy Feet was a movie that worked on all levels. The kids could get into the dancing penguins and the likeable side characters and the adult could enjoy the great voice work by the cast, the amazing animation, and the darker moments of the film.

Wouldn’t expect anything more from George Miller, who does for penguins in this movie what he did for pigs in Babe. Actually, both Happy Feet and Babe are kind of similar, movies that look like strictly kids films but adults can really enjoy as well.

2. X2: X-Men United

X2 fixes all of the problems that plagued the first movie, all of the characters have a purpose, the new characters offer up something new to the table, there’s a lot of tension in the action scenes, the story is more concentrated in this film, it’s the best movie in the X-Men series in my opinion.

and the #1 best Hugh Jackman movie is…

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Everything about X-Men: Days Of Future Past is perfect, it does everything I wanted the X-Men series to do for over a decade and finally, it delivers. Bryan Singer proves that he’s still a force that’s not to be messed with and gives us a solid, action packed, X-Men adventure that delivers on every promise it gave us.

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