From ‘Happy Feet’ to ‘Wolverine’: Many Talents of Hugh Jackman


To say that Tony and Emmy-award winning, Oscar-nominated actor Hugh Jackman is versatile is an understatement.

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With The Wolverine due out in theaters Friday, July 26, we thought we would take a look back at the variety of projects that Hugh has completed.

Breakthrough: X-Men

After dominating the Australian theater circuit and starring in a few lesser known films, Hugh got his big break playing the role of Logan/Wolverine in the 2000 film X-Men. This character, which he has already played three times in the X-Men franchise (with a fourth due out in 2014), is the premise of new movie The Wolverine debuting on Friday, July 26.

To play the superhero role, Hugh told On Air with Ryan Seacrest, he had to go on a “dehydration diet.” What is that exactly? “Basically, you drink a ridiculous amount of water for six days then for like 24 to 36 hours before the shoot you need, you stop drinking water and you lose like 10 pounds of water weight, which is mainly on the outside so you can imagine it’s a big body builder trick, but not for day-to-day life.”

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

Romantic Funny Man: Someone Like You

Hugh has shown a softer side in movies, as well. He starred in the 2001 rom-com Someone Like You, alongside Ashley Judd and Greg Kinnear. This role also opened the door for a future part in the 2006 Woody Allen movie Scoop, which also featured Scarlett Johansson.

Someone Like You

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Stage Star: The Boy from Oz

For a good portion of his career, Hugh could be found on the “Great White Way.” The new star of Broadway won the 2004 Tony award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for his role in the Boy from Oz. In the role of Peter Allen, a singer/songwriter who the play is based on, Hugh was able to show off his impressive voice, something that came back to help him for a movie later in this list!

Dramatic Actor: The Prestige

His drama acting career really started with the 2001 film Swordfish, but most people know Hugh for his memorable role as magician Robert Angier in the 2006 movie The Prestige, alongside future Batman Christian Bale

The Prestige

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Voice-Over Actor: Happy Feet

Proving he can do just about everything, Hugh voiced the role of Memphis in the 2006 animated film Happy Feet. The movie won the Academy Award for Best Animated feature and most likely won the hearts of his two adopted children.

Happy Feet


Academy Award Nomination: Les Misérables

Remember when we raved how strong his singing voice was? Hugh was nominated this past year for his role as Jean Valjean in the Broadway to big screen hit Les Misérables. Unfortunately, he lost out to Daniel Day Lewis, but no one can argue how fantastic Hugh was in his extremely difficult role.

Les Mis

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What is your favorite Hugh Jackman role?