Hugh Jackman Reveals His High-School Nickname
Hugh Jackman has revealed his the haircut he is sporting in his new movie Pan has revived his high-school nickname — “Peahead”.
To play the villainous pirate Blackbeard in the big-budget Peter Pan origin story, which also stars rising Brisbane star Levi Miller, Jackman shaved his head, grew a goatee and donned rotting false teeth, continuing a run of dodgy movie haircuts.
“I was getting a lot of text messages from my mates at school who used to call me ‘peahead’ because I had a small head in relation to my shoulders,” he said while promoting the movie at Melbourne’s Polly Woodside tall ship yesterday.
“They were all like, ‘peahead’s back’.”
“I have had some bad haircuts — I sported a mullet in two things. I think this was probably worse though.”
But there was an upside for the Aussie star, who is currently based in Melbourne rehearsing for his Broadway To Oz arena tour, which will tour the country in November.
“A lot of people thought it was a big sacrifice, but for me it was so great,” he said.
“No one recognised me — I didn’t have to worry about my hair. It felt so good in the shower and swimming. I loved that.”
Jackman sang the praises of his young co-star Miller who auditioned on three continents and beat out thousands other young hopefuls to land the coveted role of Peter Pan in the fantasy epic that also stars Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara and Cara Delevingne.
“He’s a natural — I actually probably learned from him,” said Jackman. “He reminded me of how lucky we are to do what we do. He loved the challenge of it and he has no idea of how good he is.”
Jackman also hosed down speculation that he might be the next James Bond, after saying on Channel 10’s The Project on Wednesday night that he’d “seriously consider it” if he was asked. He was approached to play the super spy a decade ago, when the part when to Daniel Craig, with whom Jackman later starred in the Broadway play, A Steady Rain.
At the time he was getting ready to reprise his role as Wolverine in X-Men 2, and had to pass. His name has often come up as a potential successor to Craig, even if one online betting agency now has him as a $34 outsider, well behind favourites such as Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy and Idris Elba.
“I’d like to think it was close, but since then I have found out there were about eight guys who were asked when I was asked,” he said. “And I know (Bond producer) Barbara Broccoli well because we did a play together so I think if I was a chance, I think I might have known by now. “I would say at $34 bucks — that’s not a great bet.”
Pan opens on September 24.