Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Hugh Jackman: X-Men Super Hero Didn’t Have Super Childhood

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Hugh Jackman may play a superhero in the X-Men movies but he didn’t have a super childhood.

Jackman tells the upcoming issue of Parade magazine that his mother “was not well” and “probably suffering from postpartum depression.”

As a result, he spent the first 18 months of his life with his godparents, and his mother finally left Australia when Jackman was 8 in order to live in her native England.

Jackman says the period after his mother left him is seared in his memory, mainly because he and his older brother “fought like cats and dogs.”

Still, he says the experience made him very “determined” and prone to flying off into what he calls a “little white rage” if he’s tackled very hard in rugby.

However, Jackman doesn’t let his relationship rifts with his mother and brother affect him.

As he puts it, “I’ve had many acting teachers who were like, ‘There are demons in there! Pull them out!.’ I spent a long time thinking, ‘Right, yeah...’ But they’re obviously not there.”

X-Men: The Last Stand opens May 26.

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