In 2000, Hugh Jackman got his big break as a last-minute addition to the cast of the first X-Men movie, stepping into the iconic claws of Wolverine. Now, 13 years down the line (and seven X-Men films later), he's one of Hollywood's most in-demand stars, and his latest film Prisoners sees the Aussie actor take on one of his most challenging roles to date.
Keller Dover is a survivalist family man, pushed to the edge after his daughter is kidnapped, who goes to extreme lengths to get to the bottom of her disappearance. "It's a role that required a rawness, a ferocity, and a sustained emotional intensity," explains Hugh in our latest Life In Trailers, "That was something I hadn't been able to sink my teeth into before".
You can watch all of Hugh's trailer commentaries below, charting his career from X-Men to the present day.
Stepping in at the eleventh hour to replace Dougray Scott who dropped out for Mission: Impossible 2, Hugh says the enormity of the role took a while to sink in. "I wasn't sure if I'd ever work again period," explains Hugh, "Let alone [reprise the role] for seven films". He also reveals that he had to redub his voice for the film after he was told he sounded too Australian... strewth!
Van Helsing could have been Hugh's second big franchise, but its weird mix of horror and family fun, and CGI-overload meant that it wasn't well received by the press on its 2004 release. "It wasn't a classic approach to those characters, it was a little goofy," says Hugh, "The movie was never meant to be a critic's darling, but to this day, I still get stopped by people in the streets who love it."
Hugh teamed up with Chris Nolan for this twisty turn-of-the-century magic-based thriller which also stars Christian Bale and David Bowie. "I love The Prestige, it's one of my favourite movies I've been in," says Hugh, "I loved that script. I wish every actor got the chance to do a movie with [Chris Nolan]. He's incredibly strong in his vision."
This rock-em, sock-em robot boxing movie was a decent-sized hit at the box office, and rumours of a sequel have rumbled on ever since. "I have a real soft spot for this movie," Hugh explains, "The movie has a real heart, and it got the best 'cinema score' which means there was real goodwill towards it".
Bringing his career right up to date, Prisoners gave Hugh the chance to work with the highly-acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins. "I didn't know Roger was on board when I signed up," Hugh asserts, "But everything about the movie was better than anything I could have imagined. People may disagree with Keller, they may be uncomfortable with what he does, but I hope that people understand and sympathise with his actions".
Prisoners is out in UK cinemas nationwide now.
Source : ign[dot]com