Hugh Jackman Offered Role of 'Aldolpho' in Film Adaptation of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
When the film of the Tony-Award winning show was brought up in the interview, Jackman commented, "What a coincidence! The script just hit my desk, with Geoffrey Rush attached." He went on to share that he had been offered the role of 'Aldolpho', but did not confirm that he had signed on for the project.
Also, in the interview, the Les Mis star revealed that the worst career choice he has ever made was turning down the role of 'Billy Flynn' in the film version of Chicago. " I thought I was too young to play the part," Jackman explains. "When I saw the film I thought, 'Why didn't I do makeup?' I watched the movie with sweaty palms all the way. Gere was brilliant. My wife said to take the role but I had the idea that I was a 31-year-old guy and nobody would take me seriously when I said "I've seen it all, kid."
In addition to doing workshops on his upcoming musical 'Houdini,' Jackman is also working on a movie version of "Barnum". "That has been on back burner for three years. All of a sudden the music came in and there's a lot of momentum," he joked, "It's nice to do a musical where not everybody dies."
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Jackman was most recently seen in Prisoners alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. Other upcoming big screen projects include X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Greatest Showman on Earth. He recently starred in The Wolverine and the Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of Les Miserables. Jackman has appeared on Broadway in Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, A Steady Rain and The Boy From Oz -- for which he won the 2004 Tony Award -- as well as off-Broadway's Carousel. In 2012, Jackman was honored with a Tony Award Special Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Theatre Community.
His new musical Houdini is headed to Broadway hopefully "within a year or 18 months", according to a report by the Daily Mail. ScreenDaily.com writes that Jackman will make a decision on Houdini "in about a month."
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