Known for stoic tough-guy roles, such as Wolverine in several recent X-Men movies, few expected the earnest tearful display of emotion seen in Hugh Jackman Sunday night. During an interview with “60 Minutes,” he described his childhood in Sydney, the strength of his single-parent father, and his mother’s disappearance.
His mother’s departure took place when he was only 8 years old, the youngest of five children. He told interviewer Scott Pelley:
“I can remember the morning she left, it’s weird the things you pick up. I remember her being in a towel around her head and saying goodbye, must have been the way she said goodbye. As I went off to school, when I came back, there was no one there in the house. The next day there was a telegram from England, Mom was there. And then that was it. I don’t think she thought for a second it would be forever. I think she thought it was, ‘I just need to get away, and I’ll come back.’ Dad used to pray every night that Mom would come back.”
Jackman became particularly emotional when describing his father and the impact he continues to have:
“My father is a rock. My father is my rock. It’s where I learned everything about loyalty, dependability, being there day in, day out, no matter what…. It’s always about the family. It’s always, ‘How’s Deb?’ It’s not about work. And I think that’s him living with probably some of his regrets. And feelings of maybe he at the wrong time put too much in his career. And he doesn’t want me to make me that mistake. In his gentle way, he always reminds me this the most important thing.”
44-year-old Hugh Jackman is in-the-running for an Oscar for his starring role as Jean Valjean in the upcoming new movie adaptation of Les Miserables. According to Jackman, the film’s unique musical approach, and the autonomy he was given in deciding how to portray this character, made it what he described as the “Mount Everest” of roles. Les Miserables will be in theaters December 25.
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