During his chat with Emily Blunt for Variety‘s Actors on Actors, Hugh Jackman recalled meeting Gary Hart, who he plays in “The Front Runner.”

“He was there curbside to meet me with the trunk of his car open, and I’ll never forget it,” Jackman said of meeting Hart for the first time at the airport before spending a week with him and his wife.

“He shook my hand and he put his other hand [on my cheek],” Jackman said, acting out the moment with Blunt.

“And it was kind of like, oh, this is going to be okay,” he went on. “So lovely and so warm.”