Christmas day is going to be quite a big day in terms of movie watching decisions. Between The Hobbit, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, and This Is 40 all being out to watch on the holiday, the possibilities are endless. By Christmas, I personally will already have seen The Hobbit more than a few times. So my Christmas movie theater adventures will no doubt begin or end with Les Miserables.
The all star cast is reason enough to see Les Mis, whether or not you’re a fan of the musical to begin with. In fact, one of the most anticipated performances in the film is Hugh Jackman’s. Although Jackman is no stranger to Broadway musicals, this grand scale movie adaptation is a big feat for any actor. His portrayal of the iconic leading man, Jean Valjean, is already generating Oscar buzz, so moviegoers are probably in for a treat this Christmas.
In preparation for the film’s release, Jackman has been making the rounds, doing all kinds of press. ABC’s 60 Minutes caught up with the actor for a heartfelt and revealing interview where Jackman revealed how his childhood had some of the bleak circumstances that characters in Les Mis endured.
The actor candidly spoke about how his mother abandoned his father, his siblings and himself when he was just 8 years old. “I can remember the morning she left. It’s weird the things you pick up. I remember her being in a towel around her head and saying goodbye, must have been the way she said goodbye,” Jackman revealed. After his father was left alone to raise him, and his 4 siblings, Jackman said that his father “used to pray every night that Mom would come back.” However, the actor went on the say that growing up without his mother, his dad became his “rock,” and taught him about “loyalty, dependability, being there day in, day out, no matter what…”
When Jackman was asked about what his father taught him about his own marriage of 16 years, it must have struck a chord because it caused the actor to tear up before he paused and said “It’s always about the family… It’s not about work.” Judging by all of the times Jackman is seen out spending time with his wife and two children, I’d say his father’s advice has been well-taken.
To see the rest of Hugh Jackman’s 60 minutes interview, watch the attached video. And to see Hugh Jackman as Jean Val Jean, watch Les Miserables in theaters on December 25th.