Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pop Culture Case Study Part 3: Hugh Jackman

Part 3 of my Pop Culture Case Study on how the best movie superheroes are also great singers/dancers.
Hugh Jackman:Wolverine/Logan
The man is the epitome of all that is song and dance. After earning a BA in journalism, he headed west to attend the Western Academy of Performing Arts of Edith Cowan University in Perth, WA.

In Sydney, he played Gaston in Beauty & the Beast & Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard. Later on the West End, he played the role of Curly in a hugely successful revival of Rogers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma. In 2004 he made his Broadway debut in The Boy from Oz which won him a Tony. Oh and he won an Emmy for hosting the Tonys where he won a Tony. Damn he's good! Let's see how he fares as one of my favorite comic book characters-Wolverine.

Thank the gods that the casting directors of X-Men were aware that while Wolverine is awesome and all, America would just not see a movie about a 5’3’’ hairy Canadian. Enter Hugh. A foot taller and Australian. Both qualities making him exponentially hotter. SNIKT!!!

Even Bryan Singer knew America should bask in his hotness. So he did what any self respecting director would do and introduced Logan in a cage, shirtless, sweaty, and in tight jeans (Manuel insert queer theory here). God Bless You, Bryan! [Note: One of the hottest costumes at Comic-Con this year was a Hugh Jackman inspired-Logan. If you're reading this guy sorry we followed you around the floor! But you looked great in the wife-beater.]

Subsequently, I can’t wait for X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009.
Especially if those rumors about Liev Schreiber playing young Stryker are true. Yay for a (much needed) Kate & Leopold reunion! (All hail The Secret!) If only they could secure Breckin Meyer to play a young Sabretooth all my dreams would be realized.

[Oh and if you haven't seen Christopher Nolan's The Prestige with Hugh Jackman and (fellow song and dance superhero) Christian Bale do yourself a huge favor and see it/buy it/gild it. Same goes for The Fountain & its score.]

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