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Hugh Jackman interview: 'The only time my wife was wrong was when she warned me off X-Men'

Logan star Hugh Jackman, pictured in February 2017 
Logan star Hugh Jackman, pictured in February 2017  Credit: Action Press/REX/Shutterstock

It's easy to feel as though there are two Hugh Jackmans. Off-screen he is clubbable, debonair, the kind of person you'd expect to routinely help old ladies across the street. He hosted the Oscars, back in 2009, with dance routines polished to a sheen, and a song in his heart – barely a trace of Ricky Gervais-style cynicism.

Then there's the Jackman on our cinema screens, who's much more likely to howl vengefully in your face or claw a limb off. For someone with this near-infallibly sunny temperament, he seems drawn lately to some remarkably brooding and tortured roles. Jean Valjean, from Les Misérables, and Logan, his feral, furious Wolverine character from the X-Men franchise, are two.

Hugh Jackman in Logan

Even more so, there was his part in Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners (2013) – a career peak, performance-wise – as a ruthless father taking the law into his own hands to locate his missing daughter. It's a disparity...

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