Actor Hugh Jackman talks about the role that changed his career and made him a movie star. When the first X-Men movie came out two decades ago, Hugh became a household name for playing the Marvel comic book character Wolverine. Yet the actor now reveals he’s nothing like the mutant superhero fans usually seem to associate him with. “I think it’s important for me to be pushed into areas that I don’t know if I can pull off,” he said. “I never felt safe as an actor.” (Read also: Hugh Jackman Returns As Wolverine For Deadpool 3, Ryan Reynolds Confirms In Hilarious Announcement Video)

“When I got into this business, mysterious was the playbook of being a movie star,” the 53-year-old Academy Award nominee said in a recent interview with IndieWire. ‘Don’t let anyone in. Make them want more. Don’t reveal things. Project a certain image.” Hugh added that this concept has evolved over the years: “Now I think it’s the responsibility of someone like me to discuss the fear of talking about vulnerability,” he said. “Of course I’d rather go along with what everyone is going through than project an idealized version of myself. I try to do that more publicly.”

Meanwhile, with the news of Hugh Jackman facing each other Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool 3 to reprise his X-Men character, the actor is also under immense pressure to live up to fan expectations. Hugh admits he feels closer to Peter Miller’s character in his upcoming release, The Son, a divorced parent trying to rebuild his life while caring for his ailing son. “This role brought out mistakes I made and regret,” said Hugh. “I think one of the big messages of the movie is that love isn’t always enough. If you start raising a child with a little more humility and understanding, you’ll probably come in with fresher eyes. You understand your own upbringing and preferences as a parent.”

Directed by Florian Zeller, who won an Academy Award for co-writing The Father in 2020, The Son also stars Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby and Zen McGrath. Sony Pictures will release the film in selected theaters on November 25.

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