Hugh Jackman has won a Golden Globe, an Emmy, a Grammy and two Tonys, and now he can also lay claim to be the holder of a Guinness World Record.
While appearing on British morning show “This Morning”, the 50-year-old Aussie received a huge surprise when he was presented with a certificate by Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records, declaring him to hold the record for having the longest run playing a live-action Marvel superhero.
For Jackman, the award is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream, thanks to his long-running role as Wolverine, which he first played in 2000’s “X-Men”.
“When I was a kid, the Guinness Book of Records was it,” Jackman said during the show, revealing he and his brother used to cook up schemes to win one.
“My brother and I thought, Badminton, you don’t have to play it hard, two nights without sleep, we can definitely do that!” he explained.
However, Jackman isn’t the only actor to hold the honour — he’s sharing the award with his “X-Men” co-star Sir Patrick Stewart, who debuted in the role of Charles Xavier (a.k.a. Professor X) in the same film — with both actors playing their respective roles for the final time in 2017’s “Logan”.
According to the Guinness book, the actors’ roles lasted for 16 years and 228 days.
“It was an honour to be able to finally hand over a certificate to Hugh and welcome him personally into the Guinness World Records family,” said Glenday of presenting Jackman with his award. “I’ve met hundreds of record holders over my 16 years at GWR, and each time I get a kick out of being able to celebrate their achievements.”
He added: “So congratulations again, Hugh, and don’t forget that you — and your brother — are welcome to pop into the office any time you want to try for another record. PS: the badminton marathon record is a ‘mere’ 25 hours…. just saying…”