Actor Profile: Hugh Jackman

From performing Oklahoma! on stage to his numerous roles as The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman has gone from Australian TV to being one of the most popular superheroes on-screen.

Released in cinemas today, Jackman leads the latest adaptation of the childhood fairy tale, Peter Pan, in Joe Wright‘s magical fantasy, Pan.

To celebrate the film’s release, here are five of his best performances:

5. The Fountain (2007)

The Fountain is quite complicated on a first viewing, so it’s definitely worth a second watch. The end comes together really well and brings the film together perfectly, but I did feel that the film gave the impression that it was trying to be more clever than it actually was. Weisz and Jackman have a brilliant chemistry, though, and both are extremely compelling. The cinematography is pretty incredible, too.

4. Prisoners (2013)

Prisoners is a chilling, dark, and at times terrifying, dramatic thriller that will result in you questioning your own morality.

The direction is fantastic, with the somewhat disturbing story being handled excellently and the character studies breaking through, Most of all, Prisoners is a great mystery, not letting anything slip and keeping you guessing until the very last minute, literally. The performances are all fantastic, too, with Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal giving excellent leads.

The cinematography really suits the story, as well, with the bleak colours and woodland settings making you feel just as alone as the missing girls and their father searching for them. It was obvious that Roger Deakins was behind this as it’s the only time I ever have anything to say about how good a film looks, as he always captures the settings and atmosphere perfectly.

3. The Prestige (2006)

Jackman and Bale make a brilliant lead for another engrossing Christopher Nolan film. It’s dark, it’s magical, and it’s staging is completely captivating. The plot is fantastic and it leaves you guessing right until the last minute, only to make you realise that you were told everything from the very beginning. It’s hard not to be entrapped by this film, especially with the excellent performances which also includes a great supporting cast, consisting of Michael Caine, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, and even David Bowie. Just like their magic tricks, this film is phenomenal.

2. Les Miserables (2012)

Every time I watch this film, I’m in a constant flux between singing at the top of my voice and then crying my eyes out. I’ve seen the London stage production of the show, but I found this adaptation just as powerful. The whole of the cast are incredibly talented, and it’s just a beautiful film to watch.

1. The X-Men franchise

The origin films may bot be as good as the rest of the X-Men franchise, but we love Jackman as Wolverine all the same. I couldn’t possibly pick my favourite film, but I do enjoy to watch Jackman get more and more muscley with every instalment.

More about Pan:

12-year-old orphan Peter is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland, where he finds both fun and danger, and ultimately discovers his destiny – to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.

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