Hugh Jackman’s starring role in the movie musical “The Greatest Showman” showcased the “X-Men” star’s singing and dancing abilities, but in a recent interview he jokingly complains about an unanticipated “difficulty” from the role. Speaking with Australia’s Herald Sun, reports Cinema Blend, the 50-year-old actor reveals that he’s now seeing the spotlight shined on him at an unexpected venue. “It’s made it difficult going to my daughter’s dance classes,” Jackman tells the newspaper. RELATED: Hugh Jackman Reveals The Truth Behind Those ‘Greatest Showman’ Sequel Rumours “I used to go every week and nobody really cared. The dance school was not your classic Wolverine fanbase,” he continues. “Now I go and the songs from ‘The Greatest Showman’ are playing in nearly every dance class so it’s a bit different.”
In a 2017 interview with Variety
, Jackman explained that he took on the role of bombastic impresario P.T. Barnum in the musical as a way to prevent being typecast from his role as the brooding mutant superhero.
“I always tried to do different things,” he said. “But there was a time between ‘X-Men 3’ and the first Wolverine movie when I could see the roles getting smaller. People wanted me to play that kind of hero part exclusively. It felt a little bit claustrophobic.” RELATED: Hugh Jackman To Those Sick Of ‘The Greatest Showman’ Hype Train: ‘That’s Fine With Me’
He also discussed his love of musical theatre. “A bad musical stinks to high heaven, but when a musical works, there’s nothing like it,” he added. “People are screaming and cheering. Nothing I’ve found has matched it. By the end, as you take the curtain call, there’s no sense you’re in front of strangers. It’s an intimacy you get that’s more intense than you have with people you’ve known for many years. It’s everyone coming together and opening their heart.”