After Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is now a circus showman

After Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is now a circus showman


Text: Kimberly Kiong

Image: Getty Images | Lisa Maree Williams

Here are 5 reasons why there is no one more well-suited other than this multi-talented actor to play P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman

1. He has been singing for over 20 years
This won't be the first time you'll be hearing Hugh Jackman's vocals in surround sound. He has chalked up 13 musical productions since his debut on stage in 1995. In a rich baritone voice, he sang in his role of Jean Valjean in the film adaptation of Les Misérables. He even hosted the 2011 Tony Awards with Neil Patrick Harris in an unforgettable duet and sang a rendition of 'Tenterfield Saddler' at Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban's wedding. 

2. He's more than a triple threat
Much like his career-defining character 'Wolverine' in X-Men, the 49-year-old actor was shredded and athletic in high school. He was involved in rugby union, cricket, high jumping, swimming, basketball and kayaking. Gruffy interests aside, he is also a multi-instrumentalist on the guitar, piano and violin. Fun fact: You might also know him from birthday parties as 'Coco the Clown' before he became a full-time actor and played P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman, a biographical musical film inspired by the story of how American showman P.T. Barnum founded the Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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3. This man's got a tough ethic to match his built
Diagnosed with skin cancer in 2013, Jackman has been open about his battle with it ever since. He just underwent his sixth skin cancer procedure earlier this year and is showing no signs of letting it win. Just 24 hours before pitching The Greatest Showman, Jackman went to have a basal cell carcinoma removed from his nose. Ignoring doctor's orders of refraining from singing or physical movements, Jackman did what he felt he needed to do to make the pitch a success and belted out the film's original power ballad 'From Now On'. It worked.

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4. He possesses a charitable soul
Apart from blessing the silver screens with his talent, he does his part for the community. He's an ardent supporter of many charity projects and organisations such as Charity: Water and Operation of Hope. Together with fellow actor Daniel Craig, they raised over a million dollars for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in 2009 from curtain appeals at their Broadway drama, A Steady Rain.

5. He's a dedicated partner
This Aussie power duo first met on set of Correlli and have been blissfully married for the past 21 years. A quick scroll through Jackman's Instagram and it's heartwarmingly apparent the spark is still very much alive with Jackman always referring to Deborra-Lee Furness as the love of his life.

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The Greatest Showman opens in theatres on 28 December.
Check out last week's #ManCrushMonday here.

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