Jackman, Luhrman talk to <i>Variety</i> at Q&A

What: Variety’s screening of “Australia”

Where: Arclight Cinemas, Hollywood

Who: Director Baz Luhrman, Hugh Jackman

Even a man proclaimed People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive occasionally like to get a little rough and rugged.

Hugh Jackman, who received this very title as of yesterday, joined helmer Baz Luhrmann and production-costume designer Catherine Martin Thursday night to discuss “Australia” as part of the Variety Screening Series at the Arclight Hollywood.

Moderated by Variety editor Tim Gray, Luhrmann said he had hoped to create a film that met the standards of the old Hollywood epics such as “Out of Africa” and “Lawrence of Arabia.”

“My goal was to create a banquet of cinema where everyone could come to the table and enjoy,” he said.

Jackman mentioned how Luhrmann brought the idea to him back in 2005 during the Christmas season and how interested he was then.

“This was a year and a half before we started filming,” Jackman said. “I was still very intrigued and shortly after began training on horseback preparing for the role.”

Jackman added that with Baz he is always looking for the biggest challenge even if they would eventually pass on that route and because of that a trust was automatically formed between the Baz and the rest of the crew.

“He really just wanted us to be as brave and bold as you can be,” Jackman said.

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