The Tony(R) and Emmy(R)-winning actor, who recently hosted the Academy Awards, joins a very select list of Hollywood luminaries whose hand and footprints and signatures have been immortalized in cement in the famed theater's forecourt.
Twentieth Century Fox is extending a special invitation to Jackman's legions of fans - as well as to the community of X-Men and Wolverine comics readers and movie enthusiasts - to "witness the origins" of this special event at 10:00 a.m.
The event precedes the May 1 release of Jackman's new film, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, in which he returns to the role that launched him to superstardom, as the beloved mutant antihero Wolverine. X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, the first chapter in the X-Men saga, unites Wolverine with several other legends of the X-Men universe, in an epic revolution that pits the mutants against powerful forces determined to eliminate them.
Jackman made his debut major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the "X-Men" trilogy, a role he reprised in "X2," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and, now, X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE. Most recently, Jackman starred with Nicole Kidman in writer-director Baz Luhrmann's epic "Australia."
Previously, he starred in Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain," Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" and Woody Allen's "Scoop." In addition, he voiced characters in the animated features "Happy Feet" and "Flushed Away." He also had leading roles in "Someone Like You," "Swordfish," "Van Helsing" and "Kate and Leopold," receiving for the latter a 2002 Golden Globe.
For his portrayal of the 1970s singer-songwriter Peter Allen in the Broadway musical "The Boy From Oz," Jackman received the 2004 Tony(R) Award for best actor in a musical, as well as Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards. Previous theater credits include "Carousel" at Carnegie Hall, "Oklahoma!" at the National Theater in London (for which he received an Olivier Award nomination), "Sunset Boulevard" (which garnered him an MO Award, Australia's equivalent of the Tony) and Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" (for which he received another MO Award nomination).
Jackman's career began in Australia in the independent films "Paperback Hero" and "Erskineville Kings"; for the latter, he won the Australian Film Critics' Circle Best Actor award and received a nomination for best actor from The Australian Film Institute. In 1999, he was named Australian Star of the Year at the Australian Movie Convention. Together with John Palermo and Deborra-lee Furness, Jackman founded Seed Productions, a production company which produced X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE and the 2008 thriller "Deception."
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