Printer Friendly

Hugh Jackman slashes his way back in Wolverine.

LOS ANGELES: Hugh Jackman on Friday slashes his way back to his starmaking role as a razor-clawed mutant in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" after his glitzy turn hosting the Oscars and starring in romance "Australia" that flopped at U.S. box offices.

The change is good for the Aussie star because of the exposure it brings, but despite the box office appeal of the "X-Men" movies, Jackman said these days he leans more toward starring on Broadway, where he won a Tony.

It s Jackman s fourth turn as tough-talking Wolverine, a role he won in the 2000 film "X-Men," fresh from starring in a London stage production of the musical "Oklahoma!"

"There s no doubt that as soon as this movie came out, that my career was like a Great Dane dragging me down the street," Jackman told Reuters about the last nine years of his career.

The 2000 "X-Men" made $296 million at worldwide box offices and helped usher in the latest wave of comic book movies. The 2003 "X2" topped that with $408 million, and the 2006 "X-Men: The Last Stand" burst past it at $459 million.

Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Media by Numbers reckons "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" could fetch from $85 million to $100 million at U.S. box offices on its debut weekend -- the first weekend of Hollywood s summer season.

Jackman, 40, said playing Wolverine has been a challenge because of the "sustained energy" he needs while shooting. "Underneath you ve got to feel he s ready to explode all the time," he said of the character.

Muscat Press and Publishing House SAOC 2009

Provided by an company
COPYRIGHT 2009 Al Bawaba (Middle East) Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2009 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Apr 30, 2009
Previous Article:Twin joy for Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick.
Next Article:NEC Electronics, Renesas to merge.

Related Articles
Tatt's a real shocker for X-Man Hugh; MOVIES.
Tatt's a real shocker for X- Man Hugh; MOVIES.
Hugh: Cold showers are all the rage; MOVIES.
Comic capers give us lots of action; ACTION.
Jackman reveals Wolverine sequel plans.
Jackman reveals Wolverine sequel plans.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters