OK, so maybe it wasn’t quite as intimate as I would have liked. There were about a dozen and a half other people in the room, and a giant conference table was between us (there was also a definite lack of candlelight and soft music). But that was a lot closer than I ever thought I would get to Hugh Jackman. Besides, he shook my hand at the end. That has to have some kind of magical power attached to it, right?
Seriously, he was charming, and polite, and interesting, and relaxed, and all in all very pleasant. And this may be where the acting thing comes in handy, but he really seemed to enjoy doing publicity. Huh.
A couple of years ago my husband paid through the nose to get tickets for my birthday to see Hugh Jackman on Broadway in A Steady Rain, and it was worth every penny. I’m trying to justify spending four hundred dollars right now on front row balcony tickets to his next Broadway show, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway (got that? He’s Hugh Jackman. And he’s back on Broadway).
I’m not even sure what he’s doing in the show. There’s an orchestra, and that’s all I know. And really, that’s all I need to know. Because any one guy who can convincingly play both Peter Allen
is worth seeing, whatever he’s doing. I mean really, it’s hard to believe that’s the same person in both videos!
His latest movie, Real Steel, just opened this weekend. He had a lot to say about that, as well as about acting, parenting in NYC, alone time, and why he doesn’t let his kids watch X-Men. Enjoy – I know I did. :-)
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