The message was loud and clear at the Museum of the Moving Image tribute on Dec. 12: Hugh Jackman is one helluva guy.
Or as Liev Schreiber put it from the stage of Cipriani Wall Street: “The most disciplined, talented, emotionally and splendidly gifted actor I’ll ever share a sauna with.”
Of Jackman’s work in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Schreiber added, “You brought high art and full frontal nudity to a genre I never thought would sustain it.”
Jackman’s wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, joked that when they asked her to speak about “the greatest Australian actor of his generation, I said, ‘Finally, Paul Hogan is getting his due.’ ”
Since they worked together in “Les Miserables,” Eddie Redmayne has been asked frequently, ” ‘What does it feel like to be carried in Hugh’s bicep?’ It feels pretty good,” Redmayne revealed.
Jackman, speaking about the MoMI honor, called the night “surreal” and noted, “Amazingly, six months ago, Nate Silver predicted it. I’m the only one to receive this for playing the same character in 15 movies.”
Mike Nichols, Rachel Dratch, Christopher Nolan, Rachel Weisz and Anne Hathaway were also there to help salute the honoree.