Hugh Jackman started in show business as clown at children's parties



BERLIN (dpa)- Australian-born actor Hugh Jackman might be known for his role as the superhero Wolverine in the movie "X-Men," the lead in the romantic comedy "Kate & Leopold" and as Jean Valjean in the movie version of "Les Miserables."
But the 49-year-old actor told dpa that he started out his show-business career working as a clown at children's parties.



"That was the hardest work I've ever done," he said. "So technically speaking, my first paid job as a performer was as a clown. That was my beginning."
After leaving his home town of Sydney, Jackman went on to carve out a career in the US entertainment world, including several major roles on Broadway and in Hollywood.
Jackman was speaking to dpa ahead of next month's release in Germany of his latest film "The Greatest Showman" in which he plays PT Barnum, who helped to pioneer circuses in the United States in the 19th century.
Directed by Australian-born Michael Gracey, the musical biopic about Barnum's life also stars Michelle Williams and Zac Efron.
Known for his singing and dancing as well as his acting skills, Jackman has already been nominated for a Golden Globe as best actor for his role in "The Greatest Showman." The Golden Globes are to be handed out next month.
Named as the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine in 2008, Jackman said that the skills he learnt in drama school helped him for his role in the PT Barnum film.
"I really got into juggling," he said. "So at one point I could juggle five balls. I could juggle flaming things and knives and all of that."
If Barnum were around today, Jackman believes that he would not be in the circus business, but entertaining people using the latest technology.
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Thursday, December 21st 2017
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