I am totally sick right now so I need something yummy to look at. Sitting at the computer is a chore when you have a fever but I'm distracting myself with pics of Hugh Jackman. Rowrrr. I'm imagining him dabbing my forehead with wet cloth to comfort me, singing to me with that sensational voice to entertain me, doing a Wolverine berzerker imitation (naked of course) just to amuse me. He's a mighty, manly, and sensitive man this Aussie star.
There was a period of time there when he was delighting Broadway audiences for a whole year instead of making movies (something stars almost never do) and scaring his agent in the process. But he's back to the screen with a vengeance. Scarlett Johansson is not the only 2006 overachiever. You can see Hugh Jackman romancing her in theaters right now in Scoop (which I still haven't seen. Bad me). You probably already saw his third pass at Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. This fall he's starring in what are arguably two of the very coolest of all 2006 releases. He headlines The Fountain (trailer) with Rachel Weisz and gets combative with Christian Bale in The Prestige (trailer). This should be the year wherein he leaves superhero movies behind.
Aside from his quadruple movie attack, he's also making news this week with the announcement that he'll be starring in a new film version of the classic musical Carousel. This is covered at Cinematical (in a sweet way) and Defamer (in a funny but kinda fagbashing way). But it's cool to read both posts back to back to illustrate the landmines that come with making movie musicals. Some of the greatest movies of all time belong to the genre and exceedingly masculine stars like Gene Kelly (and now Jackman) have set up shop there, too. But there will always be people who make fun of the musical theater and its connotative relationship with homosexuality. People are small-minded like that. There was even a time frame when gossip was circling that Jackman didn't get the James Bond role because he wasn't masculine enough.
Dumb right? But you can't win them all. I should note though that the Defamer article does relay a complete truth about musical theater devotion --some people just have it in their blood with no interest in dismissing it. Thankfully for those of us who enjoy both the godlike Hugh Jackman and the musical theater itself, it's a beautiful match.
Enjoy every last moment of the International Jackman Film Festival of 2006 at theaters near you all freaking year long.
Previously on "Hump Day Hotties"
Uma Thurman -tall beautiful orgasmic Cheyenne Jackson -extreme stage hottie crossing over to film. HDH Season One - Jake Gyllenhaal, Lady Tottington, and more...
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