Iconic Roles is a look at some of the best film and television performances by actors and actresses.
Few actors in Hollywood fit the definition of a versatile artist like Hugh Jackman. The 54-year-old performer proved that he is not only a good actor but also a talented singer who can stand on his own even on Broadway. Jackman rose to worldwide fame after landing the role of Wolverine in the X-Men franchise in the acclaimed 2000 film of the same name. Often considered one of the sexiest men alive, Jackman has always displayed an impeccable physique whenever he is involved in action movies. In his upcoming work, Jackman will portray a father who refuses to give up on Florian Zeller’s drama The Son.
Here is a list of the best Hugh Jackman movies to watch before or after The Son.
Robert Angier in The Prestige (2006)
To say too much about this movie would spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it, but The Prestige a must-see sci-fi thriller for all Jackman fans and movie lovers. Directed by Christopher Nolan, the film follows the silly rivalry between two stage magicians and shows how far people can go when they let anger take over their lives. Jackman draws on his theater experience to portray a very desperate Angier, a man who is recklessly jealous of the illusionistic skills of Alfred Borden (Christian Bale). The Prestige grossed over $100 million at the box office, brought home two Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography, and helped secure Jackman’s place in Hollywood. The cast also features Scarlett Johansson, Andy Serkis, Rebecca Hall, Michael Caine, David Bowie, and Piper Perabo.
Jean Valjean in Les Miserables (2012)
The character created by Victor Hugo in the 1862 original publication has one of the most tragic stories of redemption in the history of literature. Meanwhile the 2012 movie is based on the musical — and shortened — version of Hugo’s Alas, it captures the spirit of the lost soul called Jean Valjean, here magnificently portrayed by Jackman. All the years the Australian actor spent on Broadway proved helpful in a performance that underlay the strengths and weaknesses of his character. Jackman’s efforts did not go unnoticed as he scored an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, missing out on Daniel Day-Lewis’ win, but consoled himself with a Golden Globe win. .
Keller Dover in Prisoners (2013)
One of the most underrated films in Denis Villeneuve’s filmography featured one of Jackman’s best performances. The thriller follows the story of the kidnapping of Keller Dover’s two daughters. Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) is on the case, but the start of his investigation doesn’t look too good. Prisoners takes time to develop characters, but it allows Jackman to portray a nuanced person like Dover. The reason why the Academy rejected Jackman’s sensational performance that year is still a mystery. however, Prisoners scored an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. The movie also stars Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano.
Logan/Wolverine in Logan (2017)
Wolverine fans saw something very different in James Mangold’s acclaimed movie. For the first time, it appears that time has caught up with the titular hero, who is not as smart as he used to be. X-Men installments. Logan was a critical and commercial success, standing as the second highest grossing film in Jackman’s filmography after. X-Men: Days of Future Past. It seemed like the perfect way to say goodbye to the character after portraying the X-Men member for 17 years. However, it appears that Jackman will be reprising Wolverine in the future Deadpool 3it is officially introduced to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Logan still stands today as one of the best superhero movies ever, and part of the credit goes to Jackman.
PT Barnum in The Greatest Showman (2017)
2017 was an excellent year for Jackman, who delivered back-to-back great acting performances. on The Mighty Showman, Jackman brings his interpretation of showman, businessman, and politician PT Barnum to the big screen. Directed by Michael Gracey, the film is an adaptation of Barnum’s life into a colorful musical. Fans already know that Jackman can sing, but in The Greatest Showmanthe actor shows a even a better version of himself than the 2012’s Alas. The Greatest Showman also starring Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Williams, and Zac Efron, among others.