Hugh Jackman was on the receiving end of some major critical praise in 2013 with his performance in the financially successful and award-winning musical film, Les Miserables. However, the actor is best known for his roles in the X-Men series, where he plays the muscular and often deadly Wolverine—as well as his many roles in musical theater. How well do you know Hugh Jackman? Let’s take a look at 5 things you probably didn’t know about this action star.
He didn’t plan on being an actor
Although Jackman has loved performing from an early age, and even put on shows and magic tricks for his family and friends, he wasn’t always planning on becoming a professional actor. He initially earned a university degree in communications and journalism. However, he signed up for a drama theory glass during his senior year and was, as he describes it, “bit by the acting bug.” His newfound passion caused him to attend the Western Australian Academy of Arts, which helped him launch his professional acting career.
He had a crush on Olivia Newton John
Jackman had a major crush on actress Olivia Newton John when he was growing up. He was so in love with the singer and actress that he kept a small poster of her underneath his desk, which he would occasionally kiss!
He’s a wedding singer–sometimes
Jackman is well known for his smooth vocals, and he’s even taken up the job of wedding singer–with one slight catch! He will only perform at his friend’s weddings and is not available for outside parties! One of his most famous gigs was at the wedding of Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman in 2006.
He was offered the role of James Bond
In 2006, Jackman was offered the lead role of James Bond in Casino Royale. However, Jackman was unable to accept the part because of some pretty major scheduling conflicts. Since he declined the role, the studio had to look for more actors; eventually, Daniel Craig was the actor who was cast in the part.
He was almost part of the Nolan Batman trilogy
In 2008, Jackman was almost cast in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Night; Jackman was one of the few actors who were seriously considered for the role of Harvey Dent, who eventually became Two-Face, before Aaron Eckhart was cast.