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Hugh Jackman’s 7 greatest roles to prepare you for The Front Runner

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Arriving on 11th January is The Front Runner, an intriguing new film detailing the scandal that erupted around American presidential candidate Gary Hart in the late 1980s.

Hugh Jackman plays the part of the charismatic yet flawed Democratic politician, and his compelling performance has already drawn talk of potentials Oscars. (Unlimited members: click here to book for the Unlimited screening of The Front Runner on 7th January.)

So, to get you in the mood for the movie, here are seven other times where Jackman proved his acting chops…

1. Logan AKA Wolverine – the X-Men films; Logan (2000-2017)

This is Jackman’s signature role and one he’s played nine times on-screen, between 2000 and 2017. Amazingly, Jackman wasn’t the first choice for the role. Scottish actor Dougray Scott was initially cast but had to back out due to scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible II. It’s difficult now to think of anyone else in the part.

Logan’s an angry, bitter individual and in lesser hands, he wouldn’t have been a very likeable character, but Jackman has managed to make him a full, three-dimensional anti-hero, most notably in the sublime 2017 film Logan, which brought an end to the character’s journey. 


2. Gabriel Van Helsing – Van Helsing (2004)

It may not have kickstarted the horror franchise that Universal were banking on (the movie did well at the box office, but was staked through the heart by the critics), but Jackman is still brilliantly charismatic as the stake-slashing vampire hunter.

It’s definitely a much more action-skewed take on the legendary character (it’s hard to think of Peter Cushing performing the stunts Jackman does in this one), and it’s only a shame it was fated to be a big-screen one-off.




3. Tomás, Tommy and Tom Creo – The Fountain (2006)

Darren Aronofsky’s narratively ambitious fantasy is quite a head-scratcher but, for Jackman fans, it’s hard to think of a more satisfying 96 minutes, since he plays no less than three roles in the movie.

Playing a 15th-century Spanish conquistador, a modern-day New York neurologist and a 30th-century space traveller, you get a lot of bang for your buck, Jackman-wise, in this cult favourite.


4. Robert Angier – The Prestige (2006)

There’s much to love in Christopher Nolan’s engrossing adaptation of Christopher Priest’s novel about two stage magicians (Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale – yes, Wolverine AND Batman!) who engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have in order to outwit each other.

Jackman plays the aristocratic Robert Angier opposite Bale’s working class illusionist Alfred Borden, and delivers a fine English accent, while digging beneath the skin of a dangerously obsessive character.




5. Jean Valjean – Les Misérables (2012)

Jackman returned to his song and dance roots (he appeared in stage musical Oklahoma before starring in X-Men) as Jean Valjean in this impeccably mounted adaptation of both Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel and the 1980 stage musical by Boublil and Schönberg.

Aside from the singing, which Jackman is obviously a master of, the role also gives him some serious dramatic meat to chew on.


6. Keller Dover – Prisoners (2013)

If you loved director Denis Villeneuve’s work on Blade Runner 2049 and Arrival, make sure you check out this, his first Hollywood film. Jackman stars as the father of a young girl who goes missing, and subsequently tortures the man he considers to be guilty (Paul Dano). 

Prisoners is certainly a harrowing watch but Jackman is amazingly animalistic as the hot-headed and agonised Keller Dover.


7. Blackbeard – Pan (2015)

Director Joe Wright’s Peter Pan prequel bombed at the box office, which was a shame, as Jackman’s performance as Peter’s pirate nemesis Blackbeard was quite brilliant. He’s definitely having a whale of a time here, chomping through the scenery in a performance that’ll have you booing the screen (in a good way!) whenever he comes on.

The Front Runner arrives at Cineworld on 11th January 2019. Do you think Hugh Jackman will be Oscar nominated for the movie? Check out the trailer and let us know your thoughts @Cineworld.