Hugh Jackman who played Wolverine is starring in another show titled The Man. The Music. The Show at London’s O2 Arena. During the show, he also shares some insights into his life, especially about gay rumors.
He even pokes fun at those gay rumors. “I know what you’re all thinking… is he? Isn’t he… Australian?”
Back in 2003, Peter Allen famously played the role of The Boy from the Oz. As a tribute for Allen, Hugh wears a sequinned shirt and silver trousers while performing.
“It was my absolute privilege playing Peter Allen… I don’t know if he was out, but everyone knew he was gay,” he said.
While talking to New Zealanders, he confirmed that he was not gay but cheerfully celebrated his status as a gay icon.
In a press conference at South Aukland University, he was asked about his status as a gay icon. He answered the question by telling the funny story of his wife Deborra-Lee Furness.
“I’ll tell you a funny story. Deb, my wife, came to see [The Boy from Oz] about 40 times. She loved that show.
“She was in the bathroom at one point… in a stall, and she could hear two women outside going ‘Is he or isn’t he?’
“She was just listening for about two minutes, then she just yelled out, ‘He isn’t!'”
Hugh emphasized that he “loves” that the LGBT community is gaining greater representation.
“I’m all for it in every single aspect and I’m proud to be a part of any solution through storytelling.”
Hugh has been married to his wife for about 23 years now and they have two adopted children, Oscar and Ava. Until now, he and his wife Deb are still very much in love.
Hugh Jackman: "My wife was in a bathroom stall [while seeing my film] and heard two women outside going 'Is he [gay] or isn't he?' 'No, he's married.' 'Well what does that mean?' She listened for about two minutes, then yelled 'He isn't!'" https://t.co/wETFVyO0QR #LGBT #LGBTQ pic.twitter.com/ivaWT7a0nX
— LGBT+ News (@mondokoosh) February 28, 2019
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– charges $500 for a m&g
– can’t sing
Hugh Jackman :
– supports the LGBT
– affordable ticket prices and puts on an amazing show
– can actually sing beautifully
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— chloe (@chloeshmj) May 13, 2019
— Tim Massie (@tcmassie) February 22, 2013
Hugh Jackman’s performance went viral as he performed, with students in the Oceania Voices, last year, their rendition of ‘This is Me’ from the film ‘The Greatest Showman’ in Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand last Wednesday, February 27.
On a press conference, Jackman was asked what more he could do to address his status as a gay icon.
After that question, according to Newshub, the performer laughed and said: “I have absolutely no idea…I love telling stories. It was my absolute privilege playing Peter Allen.”
The actor was referring to his 2003 Tony-winning performance as Peter Allen in ‘The Boys from Oz,’ a musical about a musician who was dying of HIV and reveals himself as gay after marrying Liza Minelli who was also a singer.
For being so convincing to his wife Deborra-lee Furness, Jackman told the story through his award-winning performance.
“Deb, my wife, came to see it about 40 times. She loved that show. She was in the bathroom at one point […] Deb was in the stall, and she could hear two women outside going ‘Is he or isn’t he?’ She was just listening for about two minutes, then she just yelled out, ‘He isn’t!,’” Jackman said.
Jackman shared his thoughts and support for the LGBT+ rights, as well as marginalized groups, women, and minorities who have been continuously discriminated.
“I’m all for it in every single aspect and I’m proud to be a part of any solution to [discrimination] through storytelling,” he added.
But then, over a decade’s rumors about Jackman’s sexuality have already been following the actor.
According to CBS executive Vinny Favale, in October, following allegations of workplace misconduct, reports surfaces that Jackman is “gay,” as well as describing Jackson’s marriage to Furness as “fake.”
Previously, Jackman said “he’s not gay” but stated “there isn’t anything shameful.”
In an interview last 2018, Jackman said that he is not particularly upset about it.
“Some dudes do get upset, some dudes say: ‘Don’t say I’m gay,’ [but] I am good,” Jackman said.
Hugh Jackman has previously said he’s not gay, but specified “there isn’t anything shameful” about being gay in a 2009 interview.
The Greatest Showman is a biographical musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum. The expectations from this movie-musical would be quite high since the award-winning La La Land songwriters created the music and songs. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s This is Me stole the show as the Best Original Song in the Golden Globes. The Greatest Showman is also under the direction of Michael Gracey.
The Greatest Showman tells the story of Phineas Taylor Barnum or simply, P.T. Barnum. At the start of the film, P.T. is just a little boy traveling with his father, Philo, onto rich people’s houses. They go to the home of the Halletts where he meets their daughter, Charity. However, Charity’s father snobbishly demands the little boy to stay away from her. With the marvelous duet of A Million Dreams, the little P.T. and Charity stay in touch even after her father sent her to finishing school.
P.T. grows up to be an average man who marries Charity. They, then, proceed to have two daughters, Caroline and Helen. When the company he worked for went bankrupt, he risked everything to create a museum filled with wax figures. Her daughters request for something spectacular, something alive. This is the start of Barnum’s American Museum of Curiosity.
The actors and actresses on the said movie-musical held some pressure as it stars award-winning actors and actresses.
Hugh Jackman, an award-winning Broadway icon, plays P.T. Barnum. His portrayal remains energetically powered by every performance. The romance he shared with Michelle Williams as Charity Barnum stays refreshing and will make you pine over their relationship. The Greatest Showman lets us believe in love found during our childhood days and love sustained through distance.
Zac Efron has been in three movie-musicals before this, High School Musical 1, 2 and 3. Although his character is not entirely real, he plays a playwright who later becomes P.T.’s partner and apprentice. He portrays Phillip Carlyle, a composite character partly based on James Anthony Bailey from Barnum and Bailey’s Circus. His character falls in love with Zendaya as one of P.T.’s “freaks,” Anne Wheeler.
The usage of a stunt double as little as possible made Zendaya’s character more believable. At the time, a black woman should and will always be either a maid or a slave. Every touch of their hands keeps their love story as magical as it should. Their forbidden love still remains a relevant topic and their much-anticipated kiss will make your heart melt. Racism stays as an applicable issue everywhere we look. It also becomes relevant in the sense that some people still try to dictate other’s feelings.
Rebecca Ferguson, an award-winning Swedish actress, plays Jenny Lind, a famous Swedish opera singer. People can also applaud Loren Allred as Rebecca’s singing voice. Jenny, known as the Swedish Nightingale, actually turned out to be a famous soprano. In the movie, however, the production made Jenny to portray to sing in the alto-range. Separating fact from fiction, the movie-musical also romanticized her relationship with P.T.
They also portrayed Jenny being in love with Hugh’s character, even stirring up trouble between him and his wife. It has also never been proved that she had romantic feelings towards the showman. The Swedish Nightingale would also be known to be selfless, donating all the money she earned while on tour with him to charity. Her reason for leaving the tour wouldn’t be because of her longing for P.T. but actually from the rigorous tour life.
Keala Settle, another Broadway icon, is a breath of fresh air. She lets us believe that being unique shouldn’t bring us, any of us, down. Although her character is not entirely real, she plays a bearded lady who joins P.T.’s circus of oddities. She portrays Lettie Lutz, a composite and merged character partly based on Josephine Clofullia and Annie Jones. Both have a condition called Hirsutism where men or women have excessive body hair on parts where hair would normally be absent or minimal. Josephine also gained extra fame when she fashioned her beard imitating Napoleon III. He, then, gave her a large diamond in return. Annie, nonetheless, acted as spokesperson for P.T. Barnum’s “freaks,” a word she tried to abolish from the business.
The Greatest Showman tackles racism, inequality, self-love, acceptance and not giving up on your dreams but giving up when you should. The must-watch movie musical also stars: Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Zendaya, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Loren Allred, Zendaya, Keala Settle, Sam Humphries, Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Paul Sparks, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Eric Anderson, Daniel Everidge, Shannon Holtzapffek, Luciano Acuna Jr., Danial Son, Yusaku Komori, Gayle Rankin, Fredric Lehne, Kathryn Meisle, Will Swenson among others.
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It was an epic battle that waged epic receipts at the Phils.box-office as the biggest ensemble in the X-Men universe, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” bowed at number 1 in the Phils. Box-office on its opening weekend (May 21 – 25) with P175 million haul from almost 400 screens nationwide.
Helmed by Brian Singer, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” has dominated the local market with about 84% over-all market share and is now the Biggest Fox Film to open this year so far. Likewise, the movie is now the Biggest Opening Weekend for a Fox film all-time and the Biggest Opening Weekend for the franchise.
The outstanding box-office receipt is due to the rave reviews and repeat viewing eclipsing the entire lifetime gross of “The Wolverine” (P172M). The movie has also surpassed that of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (P155M) and is the 2nd Biggest Opening weekend industry-wide (international and local) for the year next to “The Amazing Spiderman 2” (P251M).
With almost 900,000 admissions nationwide, the top theatres who raked in hefty bulk of receipts in the box-office is led by SM Megamall at P8.2 million followed by SM Mall of Asia at P7.8M and Trinoma ranks third with P7.7M. Still within the top five theatres are SM North Edsa/The Block at P6.3M and Glorietta4 at P5.9M.
Completing the list of top 20 cinemas that contributed to “X-Men: Days of Future Past’s” outstanding opening weekend are SM Cebu (P4.16M); Greenbelt 3 (P4.11M); Alabang Town Center (P3.99M); Greenhills TheatreMall (P3.98M); Eastwood (P3.92M); SM Southmall (P3.8M); Bonifacio High Street (P3.69M); Ayala Cebu (P3.6M); Powerplant (P3.4M); Gateway Cineplex (P3.36M); Shang Cineplex (P3.31); Newport (P3.1M); Robinson’s Ermita (P2.8M); Market!Market! (P2.7M); Robinson’s Magnolia (P2.53M) and Robinson’s Galleria (P2.51M).
Playing alongside other movie titles on its opening week in the Phils., “X-Men: Days of Future Past” holds top spot at P175M followed by “Godzilla” (2nd week) at P29M, “The Amazing Spiderman (4th week) at P6.6M, “So It’s You (local film – 3rd week) at 1.6M and “Twin Sisters Ghost” (1st week) P.87M.
Featuring a stellar cast including Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Omar Sy, Shawn Ashmore, Evan Peters, Fan Bingbing and Lucas Till, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, in order to change a major historical event and fight an epic battle that could save the mutants and humankind’s future.
Available in 2D, 3D and 4DX format, “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is still showing in almost 400 screens nationwide from 20th Century Fox distributed by Warner Bros.
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