I asked you guys what actor was in the original Happy Feet, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, and this year’s X-Men: First Class (available from Redbox on DVD and Blu-ray), and out of the 56 folks who took a guess, 55 of you got it right.
But getting it right first was… hang on, while I put in a little filler here to move the winner’s name off the front page… Feel free to talk amongst yourselves for a moment… Okay, that should do it…
It was in fact our old Threes champ pal 2sa, adding yet another homemade construction-paper medal to his pile. Just a few minutes later was Glenn Berkshier, who just ended a heck of a winning run over on the Freeze Frame quiz. Glenn got in just seconds ahead of third place’s Sparky. Congrats, all!
The answer is, as Sparky put it, “The Singing & Dancing Mutant, Hugh Jackman!” The Australian star of Real Steel, “host” of SNL’s “The Best of Both Worlds,” and current Broadway sensation Jackman also has a small supporting role in the drama Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, now available at Redbox.
In 2006′s first Happy Feet animated movie, Jackman voiced Memphis, the singing Emperor penguin father of Elijah Woods’ Mumble. (That same year, he also did starring voice work as Roddy the Rat in Aardman’s Animation’s Flushed Away.)
And we talk a lot about The Prestige here at Redblog—regular readers know it’s my favorite Nolan film (yep, I like it more than The Dark Knight—but only by a little). In it, Jackman plays 19th-century magician Robert Angier, driven by tragedy to top the stage tricks of his rival, played by Christian Bale.
But of course most of us first noticed Jackman back in 2000, when he was plucked out of relative obscurity (at least away from the Australian and London West End musical stages) to play Wolverine in the first X-Men film. There came three more Wolverine roles (X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine), but perhaps Jackman’s finest moment as the clawed mutant Logan was a brief cameo with just three perfect words in last summer’s X-Men: First Class.
Up next for Jackman is a small part in the comedic short-film collection Movie 43 next spring, and then voice work next fall as the Easter Bunny in DreamWorks’ Rise of the Guardians. (So we’ll finally settle that age-old debate: “Who makes the better Easter Bunny, Hugh Jackman or Russell Brand?”)
Then he’ll play Jean Valjean for The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper, opposite his old Oscars singing partner Anne Hathaway in the long-awaited musical film version of Les Miserables (out next winter), have another go as Logan in 2013′s The Wolverine, as well as play P.T. Barnum in the musical The Greatest American Showman (possibly again with Hathaway).