Sunday, April 21, 2024

Hugh Jackman Brings Wolverine to Times Square, But Doesn’t Sing


Hundreds of people waited in lines, groups, whatever yesterday afternoon to meet Hugh Jackman. The Broadway star of his own show, Oscar nominee for singing “Les Miserables,” is also, in his spare time, Wolverine. How many times has he played the X Man from Marvel comics? “Six,” was the lucky answer for a member the waiting, shvitzing fans who got a free DVD set of “X Men” movies for knowing this vital information. This is what was going on on the so-called 4th floor of the AMC Empire on 42nd St. Fox gave away foam Wolverine claws and posters “for your bedroom” while everyone waited for Jackman to finish up his David Letterman taping.

And then he arrived: the real Hugh Jackman is much smaller than Wolverine. He has kept the beard, maybe to look menacing. But that’s hard for Jackman, who is always smiling and laughing. You know the whole thing is a put on for him. He’s having a ball. He hit the little makeshift indoor stage and took questions from the fans. Some of them were allowed to come up and join him. They each asked the same question: “Why is this movie different from the last one?” Answer: “Because it was shot in Japan.” Otherwise, it’s more growling and clawing.

Also: “Will Wolverine ever be in an Avengers move?” There’s no real answer to that other than: Hugh Jackman would like it too. Ka ching. Then he can afford to take a year or two off and do his “Houdini” musical on Broadway. Anyway, nice guy as always. I didn’t see the movie. My nieces did, they loved it.¬† First weekend will be big.

photoof Hugh Jackman  c2013 Showbiz411

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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