Wolverine isn’t the only big role Hugh Jackman has played
There is no doubt that Hugh Jackman (who just turned 53 this week) is one of the greatest actors of his generation. He consistently brings tenacity and charisma to his performances, taking on a variety of roles, from tough guys to romantics, as well as a few villainous portrayals of very ambitious men. Although he is still recognized for his formidable work as Wolverine, there are other films in which he played underrated roles.
Twenty years ago (shortly after appearing in the first X-Men movie as Wolverine), Hugh Jackman starred in James Mangold Kate and Leopold, a romantic comedy in which he plays Leopold, the handsome and royal Duke of Albany, as well as a talented scientist who invented the elevator. Leopold accidentally travels from 1876 to 2001, thanks to an alien he sees and follows named Stuart (played by Liev Schreiber, who would play Wolverine’s brother, Victor, in X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Stuart can turn back time by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge at midnight, and he returns to the present the same way. One evening in 1876, Leopold follows Stuart to the unfinished Brooklyn Bridge, thinking that Stuart will kill himself by jumping, but the two men fall and Leopold wakes up in Stuart’s apartment in what is now New York.
James Mangold (who would lead Hugh in The glutton and Logan) brings subtle humor and warmth to his feature film. Hugh’s portrayal of Leopold is captivating because, although it is in a new era for him due to advancements in technology (including the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge, elevators, telephones, televisions, restrooms, moving vehicles in traffic and microwaves), he always acts like a gentleman, using his charm and wit to figure things out. Leopold is also very romantic and charming, especially towards Stuart’s ex-girlfriend Kate (Meg Ryan), who both share a similar intelligence, determination and taste for food and butter. Leopold also welcomes Kate’s brother Charlie (Breckin Meyer), helping him date the woman he loves.
Another movie Hugh made in 2001 was the action flick Swordfish, where he portrays a hacker who returns an illegal favor to villainous John Travolta in exchange for full custody of his daughter. While Travolta’s grim character Gabriel is a cold-blooded killer who goes about his business with no setbacks, Hugh’s role as hacker Stanley Jobson isn’t the toughest guy. of the room, which forces her to be more vulnerable and fearful. for his life and that of his daughter.
However, unlike Gabriel, Stanley doesn’t want to see anyone get hurt or killed, despite being forced to steal billions of dollars by hacking into a major bank. Unlike other roles which force Hugh to come across as a gentleman, Stanley is a bit of a mess with the way he dresses and lives in a dilapidated trailer, but he’s an underdog who does all he can. to get by in the end.
Fifteen years ago, Hugh actually took a wicked turn as magician Robert Angier in Christopher Nolan. Prestige, a thriller where he competes with Christian Bale’s magician, Alfred Borden, for the best magic trick, and to get revenge for the death of his wife, Julia, after an accident during a tank act of water drowns her. Angier criticizes Borden for making the wrong knot, preventing Julia from getting out of the tank.
What made Hugh’s portrayal of Angier effective was not just his initial determination to seek revenge, but his obsession with becoming the greatest magician (or rather showman) by stealing Borden’s magic trick, and to be better than him in every way possible. Angier presents himself as a gentleman who wears fancy costumes and top hats during his performances as a magician, but when he considers taking Borden down he displays a sinister side to his character, including taking off her daughter.
In this year Reminiscence, Hugh plays Nick Bannister, a private investigator who can help people remember special memories from their lives. He becomes obsessed with his own memories with a beautiful woman named Mae. They fall in love and have a great relationship. However, when Mae goes missing, Nick learns that she had some hidden secrets.
Reminding Prestige and Kate and Leopold, Hugh’s portrayal of Nick is an ordinary man who is drawn to the physics of time and memory, including technological advances that help him seek answers to achieve particular goals. Nick is also similar to the main film noir men of the 1930s and 1940s, especially as a man caught up in the conflicts of a beautiful and mysterious woman with a dark backstory. Hugh and Rebecca Ferguson also have terrific chemistry (as they did in The greatest showman).
Hugh’s roles in these characteristics display vulnerability, obsession, and hopelessness, as well as romantic attributes. In these films, his characters have to go through huge obstacles and / or face enemies stronger than him. While Wolverine is his signature role (and will be impossible to replace if taken on in the future), Hugh has proven his versatility over the years in these other great movies. Maybe more of Hugh’s best are yet to come in future films, especially if he’s doing more love, sci-fi, and film noir thrillers.
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