How Hugh Jackman Went From P.E. Teacher To Guinness World Record Holder

Hugh Jackman is a man of many talents. The charismatic Aussie won us over thanks to his incredible acting skills, charm, and voice. With an impressive film resume and numerous accolades under his belt, the X-Men star has come a long way. However, he wasn’t always the grizzled superhero people know him for.

Long before Jackman came into the eyes of Hollywood, he was just a lanky teenager who taught kids in gym class. But, how did he make the leap from teaching to emerging as one of the most recognizable actors in the world?

Did you know he had anger issues as a child that would help him craft an iconic role?

He’s Won A Grammy

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The Greatest Showman won the Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media. Unfortunately, he could not be there in person to celebrate. In an Instagram video, Hugh filmed his reaction while surrounded by family and friends at the moment the award was announced.

Before posting the video, he added a caption thanking the “entire cast and crew.” In the film, Jackman plays P.T. Barnum as he works to put together “the Greatest Show on Earth.”

He’s An Oscar Away From An Incredible Milestone

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The Wolverine actor picked up a Grammy for The Greatest Showman soundtrack. That means that he is just one award away from an EGOT. The X-Men star is now only one ‘O’ away from the amazing feat.

He’s already got an Emmy, Grammy, and a Tony under his belt. Jackman has only been nominated for an Academy Award once, earning a nod for Best Actor in Les Misérables. If the Aussie can ever win Hollywood’s biggest prize, he’ll join the select group of 15 stars who’ve won all four awards.

Thanks to The Greatest Showman, see what Jackman has in store for a tour!

What Songs Will He Sing?

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Fans were ecstatic when Hugh Jackman announced he would be going on tour to share his love of music with the world. At each stop, the uber-talented Aussie will perform songs from Les Miserables, The Greatest Showman, and The Boy From Oz. The latter of which earned him a Tony Award.

The actor and singer will include more picks from other Broadway shows and movies too. While he’s showing his vocal talents, he’ll be accompanied by a live orchestra throughout the tour.

Read ahead to see who might be joining Jackman on his tour!

When Is The Tour Taking Place?

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The tour won’t be a year-long event for Jackman. May 7 is the official kick-off date for the tour, with the first stop being in Glasgow at The SSE Hydro. The tour will last for two months, with performances happening every few days.

He will be doing the tour in North America, with the first stop being at the Toyota Center in Houston. The tour will conclude with back-to-back shows at the Hollywood Bowl in California.

Where Will He Perform?

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Jackman’s tour will begin in the UK, specifically in Glasgow. Later dates include stops in Manchester, Birmingham, and London. The actor will then head to Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, and Ireland before heading to North America.

In the United States, he’ll make appearances in Texas, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, and many more. In addition to shows in the United States, the North American leg of the tour will also see him perform at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Anything Else About The Tour?

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Two things: first, the ticket prices. It all depends on the venue and on the type of tickets fans are looking for. Tickets for Jackman’s shows at the London 02 Arena vary from £47.75 ($62.50) to £87.50 ($114).

Meanwhile, his performances at Madison Square Garden in New York currently costs between $90 and $249. The second thing: Jackman has been a fan of having guests on tour. That being said, Robbie Williams will join him at some point during the tour.

Long before he hit it big, Jackman had a different career which was far less glamorous.

He Taught P.E. In England

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Hugh Jackman moved to England after graduating from high school. As an eighteen-year-old, he was hired by Uppingham School in East Midlands as an assistant housemaster. To help make ends meet, he found work as a physical education teacher and sports coach.

Retired housemaster, Richard Boston, remembered the youngster as a “delightful, open sort of person. A great communicator who would have made a brilliant schoolmaster had he continued in that direction, rather than continue acting.”

In University, He Didn’t Intend On Being An Actor


Initially, Jackman hoped to become a journalist. At the University of Technology in Sydney he even studied communications. When college ended, he hoped to find himself in a career as an international freelance journalist.

However, by the time his senior year kicked in, he found out he was a few credits short of earning a diploma. So, he added drama class to his schedule and little did he realize that production of Vaclav Havel’s The Memorandum would put him on a path to pursuing acting professionally.

He Had An Odd Job While Making Ends Meet


Before becoming a professional actor, Jackman paid has dues through odd-jobs. As a teenager, he worked night shifts at a gas station. When he was in college, the Aussie worked as a clown at children’s parties. He confessed this to In The News, as reported by The Daily Beast.

“I was Coco the Clown and I had no magic tricks and I remember a six-year-old standing up at a party saying ‘Mummy this clown is terrible, he doesn’t do any tricks’- and he was right.”

For some reason, he turned down a role on a show that was a launching pad for Margot Robbie.

He Was Spotted At A Gym In Sydney

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While at the Actor’s Center, he took a side job at Physical Factory as a receptionist. At the time, working wasn’t his thing, but he had no issues gaining attention from the ladies, proving to be fortuitous for the aspiring actor.

One day, Annie Semler, wife of Oscar-winner Dean Semler, was there for a gym membership sales tour. She announced “You’re going to be a big star. Don’t worry. It’s all going to happen so fast.” She would sign up for a membership, and the next day, he signed with an agent named Penny Williams.

Jackman Turned Down A Job On A Major Soap Oprea In Australia


Not long after signing with Williams, the Aussie was offered a role on Neighbors. The show was a launching pad for Margot Robbie and the Hemsworth brothers, and Jackman too… well, kind of. At the time, he would interview for the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts acting program.

At the exact same time, he was accepted by WAAPA and was faced with a tough decision. Jackman turned down the contract to work on a major TV show in favor of continuing his education. Those years would have an impact on the actor, who was named the school’s “Most Promising Newcomer” in 1994.

Read ahead to see why Jackman owes a big thank you to the star of Cinderella Man.

Jackman’s Stage Past Was Calling Him


While he started earning more acting credits, his stage past was calling him. The Aussie kept getting hired to do musicals all over his homeland. Eventually, he would land the role of Disney villain Gaston in a major production of Beauty and the Beast in Melbourne.

It was his first experience at singing and dancing in a show. He skills impressed director Trevor Nunn, who cast the actor in Sunset Boulevard. Jackman took home accolades from the Mo Awards and the Australian Variety Club.

Oklahoma Opened More Doors


Thanks to the success of Sunset Boulevard, Nunn got Jackman to play the role of cowboy Curly. Oklahoma! was a major success in London, transforming the actor into a bona fide international star.

Reviews of his performance were beyond glowing. Choreographer Susan Stroman told The Los Angeles Times, “Hugh has strength and vulnerability at the same time.” His skills on the stage earned him an Olivier nomination for Best Actor and since it aired in both the U.K. and the United States, audiences in America were introduced to the charismatic actor for the first time.

He Fell In Love For Life During His First Job


In 1995, Jackman got his first real TV break. It was on a one-season, ten episode prison drama called Correlli. In the series, He played Kevin Jones, and inmate who couldn’t stop flirting iwth his psychologist. Can you guess you played that role? His now wife, Deborra-Lee Furness.

One year later, the couple got married at a ceremony at St. John’s Toorak, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne. After suffering two miscarriages, they adopted two children, their son Oscar Maximillian and daughter Eva Eliot.

He Wasn’t The First Choice For Wolverine

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For one generation, Hugh Jackman is Wolverine. However, it’s because of Russell Crowe, who was the first choice for the role, that the role ended up going to the Aussie instead. The Cinderella Man actor suggested a then-unknown actor named Hugh Jackman to take his place.

Of course, it wasn’t that easy. Dougray Scott was given the role after Crowe declined. At the last minute, Scott was forced to drop out after scheduling conflicts occurred with his role in Mission: Impossible 2. Finally, Jackman was given the role.

Jackman’s training regime for Wolverine is a surprising one. Read ahead to see why.

His Mother Left His Family At An Early Age


Despite being born in Australia, Jackman’s family hails from England. When he was eight years old, his mother moved back to England. That left his father to raise him and his siblings alone. Jackman told The Hollywood Reporter that his dad went off to bring her back five years later.

“It was really complicated. So when Dad arrived back—not three weeks later, as planned, but five days later—I just knew. I was old enough to go, ‘This is not happening.'”

His Wolverine Rage Comes From His Experiences As A Child

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Most people know the actor to be friendly and nice off camera. However, the rage shown in his X-Men character comes from his experiences when he was a child, especially after his mother left the family.

The absence of a mother figure left a profound impression on him, and he says he became a fearful kid who felt powerless and angry after she left. This feeling followed throughout his teenage years and into adulthood. He would later tap into his “Wolverine rage” for his performances as the Marvel character.

Jackman Had An Interesting Way To Prepare For Wolverine

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The actor watched Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry movies and Mel Gibson in Mad Max 2. In addition, he would study martial arts and watch a lot of Mike Tyson fights, especially his early fights.

In Biography Today, he said, “Every day in my living room, I’d just walk around with those claws, to get used to them. I’ve got scars on one leg, punctures straight through the cheek, on my forehead. I’m a bit clumsy. I’m lucky I didn’t tell them that when I auditioned.”

Read ahead to see which British actor Jackman wants to play Wolverine!

He Injured A Stunt Performer When Filming For X-Men

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As nice as he is, Jackman injured someone by accident. The actor was filming a choreographed fight sequence with Rebecca Romijn’s stunt double. Initially, Jackman was supposed to pretend to stab her in the arm, and she would move away as he swung.

However, the stuntwoman’s timing was off, which would cause Wolverine’s claws to strike her arm. She would receive a nasty cut across her arm and Jackman freaked out.

He Had Director Approval

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X-Men: The Last Stand had difficulty landing a director. Brian Singer, who shot the first two installments, didn’t return as he was filming Superman Returns. His initial replacement, Matthew Vaughn, ultimately left due to “family reasons.”

Since Jackman was a pivotal factor to the series, it was important to keep the actor happy. Thus, Fox gave the Aussie the ability to approve any potential post-Singer director. When the studio suggested Brett Ratner, Jackman met with him and listened to his ideas, then Ratner got the green light to direct.

Jackman Wants A British Actor To Play Wolverine

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Sadly, it’s not Daniel Radcliffe. The Pan star revealed his dream reboot casting for his iconic X-Men character.

While speaking with MTV back in 2015, Jackman revealed that Tom Hardy would make for a great Wolverine when the Aussie is done playing the role. It seems like he’s okay with being replaced as Wolverine and even suggested the star of Venom as a potential replacement. It’ll be hard to top that performance.

After his wife told him to go to the doctors to get a mole checked, something shocking happened.

He Admitted To Stealing The Rock’s Workout Plan


For The Wolverine, Jackman needed some extra diet and fitness tips. The actor recalled when describing an important phone call with E-News: “He said, ‘Okay, you want to put on 25 pounds of lean muscle? You need six months.”

“You need to eat 6,000 calories and here it is,'” He did stick to eating a clean diet to add all of those calories a day to bulk up. That’s almost six or even seven meals a day. It’s definitely no piece of cake, that’s for sure.

Hugh Jackman’s Relationship With David Kingsbury


Jackman’s trainer has worked with him since 2016. In an interview with Body Building, the trainer revealed how motivated his star is and that they’re both easy going.

“He’s very motivated and adherent, so he doesn’t require a drill sergeant or babysitter. We train together, and I always push the intensity. The sessions are very focused and we use each other for motivation. We have similar strength and endurance levels, so we have a healthy rivalry, seeing who can push the limits further.”

He’s Had Six Surgeries On His Nose


After his wife told him to go to the doctor to get a mole checked, something happened. He was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. The uncontrolled growth looks like an open sore and can appear as a shinny bump or scar.

Hugh Jackman’s first procedure on his nose took place in 2013. He had a second carcinoma removed in 2014, and four more operations since. This resulted in the actor attending premieres with a bandage on his nose.

How does this busy actor find ways to unwind? He’s got details about that just ahead.

It’s A Good Thing He Gets Checked Out On A Regular Basis


As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts it, “Men, especially those with lighter skin, are more likely than anybody else to get skin cancer, including melanoma- the deadliest kind of skin cancer.”

The CDC further noted, “Men spend more time outside over their lifetimes than women, and they’re more likely to work outdoors than women. Women’s personal care products, like moisturizer and makeup, often contain sunscreen, while many products for men don’t.”

He Created A Foundation To Help Farmers


Jackman aims to make coffee drinkers, as well as farmers, happy. The Laughing Man Foundation invests in programs that help coffee farming communities grow their crop and keep it healthy. After all, what we would do without our morning coffee?

The Foundation was established after the Van Helsing star met an Ethiopian coffee farmer named Dukale, as well as his family. The meeting would inspire Jackman to create Laughing Man Coffee and The Laughing Man Foundation to support families like Dukale’s.

He Has Different Ways To Relax


It’s no surprise that Jackman is an obvious musical talent. The actor and musician can play three instruments: piano, guitar, and the violin. When it comes to stress relief, though, he needs something far more powerful than music.

In interviews with the Huffington Post and Oprah Winfrey, Transcendental Meditation played a big part in his personal and professional life. “Nothing has ever opened my eyes as Transcendental Meditation has. It makes me calm and happy, and, well, it gives me some peace and quiet in what’s a pretty chaotic life!”

Jackman and his brother had big dreams as kids, and it came true for Hugh. Read ahead to see what he achieved!

He Would Date An Ocean’s 11 Actor If He Was A Woman

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Hugh Jackman has been happily married to his wife since 1996. But, he has admitted he would be willing to be in a relationship with the former star of ER and Ocean’s 11, George Clooney.

”Who would I date if I was a woman? I reckon George Clooney because he’s funny and he’s naughty and he’s kind of cheeky. And he just looks like fun.” He even admitted that the Tomorrowland star and his wife, Amal, have a fun marriage.

Jackman & Patrick Stewart Set Guinness World Records


No actors have played Marvel superheroes longer than Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart. Both actors portrayed their respective characters for 16 years and 228 days, which is a massive achievement that has even been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Aussie actor appeared on ITV’s This Morning with host Alison Hammond, where he was surprised with the honor. Hammond also revealed to the crowd that on Jackman could not cross getting into the record books off his bucket list.

Jackman And His Brother Wanted To Be In Guinness Book of World Records

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When they were kids, they figured the best way to get in was to play badminton for over 50 hours straight. They failed at their goal when Jackman fell asleep. Before they came up with the idea, the record he hoped to break was “the most coins snatched off his elbow.”

That was surprisingly harder than he initially thought, and he did not break the record. Right after telling the story, Craig Glenday, Editor-In-Chief of Guinness World Records, presented him with his award.