Avast ye, mateys, Hugh Jackman is ready to swash some buckles and send scallywags down the plank!
The actor posted a photo on Instagram of his new look — a bald head and pointy beard — for his role as Blackbeard in the upcoming movie “Pan.” It’s a far cry from his appearance when he hosted Sunday’s Tony Awards, where he sported a full head of hair and a bushier beard.
In Joe Wright’s adaptation of the classic tale, an orphaned Peter Pan is swept away to Neverland, where he leads the natives in a rebellion against the nefarious Blackbeard’s band of pirates.
“Pan” also stars Amanda Seyfried, Garret Hedlund, and Rooney Mara, and opens July 17, 2015.
Gallery | Hugh Jackman’s 5 Best Non-Wolverine Roles
- 5. (Robert Angier) ‘The Prestige’
In this tricky, dark movie about dueling magicians, Jackman is called on to be charming (piece of cake) and dangerously obsessed. As Slate’s critic points out, “I know I’m not the first to compare Jackman to Cary Grant, but the analogy really is compelling. In addition to the physical resemblance, they share a suave lightness that can easily shade over into menace.”
- 4. (Wace) ‘Erskineville Kings’
This is Jackman’s breakout Australian film, the one that put him on the path to being the Wolverine just a year later. One reviewer goes so far as to say “Jackman’s performance is incredible; the film succeeds because of him.”
- 3. (Tomas / Tommy / Tom Creo ) ‘The Fountain’
Sure, the movie itself was a headscratcher, but Jackman (along with co-star Rachel Weisz) was mesmerizing in three roles. As Empire’s Helen O’Hara put it, “[This] is undoubtedly the performance of his career to date, making use of all that natural charisma but stripping him of the usual safety net of his affability and charm.”
- 2. (Keller Dover) ‘Prisoners’
Jackman’s received some of the best reviews of his career for his role as an anguished father searching for his daughter in this drama. An AP reviewer gushed, “Here, in some of his best work to date, he … surpasses last year’s Oscar-nominated performance in ‘Les Miserables.'”
- 1. (Jean Valjean) ‘Les Misérables’ (2012)
Previous review aside, Jackman’s best role is still this one. And while Anne Hathaway won an Oscar ,at least one critic thought that Jackman was the best thing in this musical drama. MSN’s Glenn Kenny wrote, “Jackman… should get a Nobel Prize for the way he carries pretty much this whole undertaking on his shoulders, so protean and virile is his singing and acting throughout.”
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