Hugh Jackman is going to the Olympics in his latest film, Eddie the Eagle. The movie tells the real-life story of British ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards (Taron Egerton), though Jackman plays a fictional character in the film.
“I play Bronson Peary, a completely fictitious character in an otherwise true story of Eddie the Eagle,” Jackman told ET of his character at a screening of the film on Tuesday. “I was a washed up ex-ski jumper, who was basically plowing snow and this guy just keeps asking. I spend most the movie just saying no to him. But he's a very determined young man and it's an amazing story of this everyday dreamer who kind of shocks the world.”
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The film made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 26, and Jackman said the reaction to the “crowd pleasing” movie has been all positive so far.
“People just seemed to love it,” he said of the Sundance experience. “I've shown it to a bunch of people, and I've put massive smiles on people's faces. It's a very uplifting movie.”
Jackman, 47, is all about winter sports, according to his Instagram account. Last week, as Winter Storm Jonas dropped several feet of snow on New York City, Jackman posted an epic “slo-mo snowball fight” video, with help from his wife and kids.
“My wife shot it, and my daughter and her friends are standing on either side of the camera basically pounding me with the biggest snowballs,” he said with a laugh. “It was an amazing blizzard. As an Aussie, I loved it.”
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Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness will celebrate their 20th anniversary in April, and the actor adorably told ET that married life “gets better and better” with each passing year.
“I was a very, very happy single man when I met my wife, and the moment I met her it was like ‘this is 10 times better than my own life,’” he gushed. “It's just continued to be like that.”
Jackman was tight-lipped, however, when it came to dishing on his plans for the milestone anniversary.
“I'm not telling you man!” he deflected. “Which could be my way of saying I haven't quite finalized the plans yet. But it better be good.”
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The actor was also coy about rumors that his Wolverine character might retaliate against Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool after the “Merc with a Mouth” called him out in an “Australia Day Message,” a new promo for the upcoming film.
“I've got no problems with Hugh, I mean he's a delightful guy, he really is, a true legend,” Reynolds snarked in the clip. “But the movie [2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, in which Reynolds made an appearance as Wade Wilson/Deadpool], that was a career low for me, you understand.”
“I love Ryan, I think what he's done is amazing,” Jackman said of his fellow Marvel anti-hero. “You know, I think some of it was probably warranted.”
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So, will Wolverine and Deadpool be squaring off (again) anytime soon?
“Maybe,” Jackman teased. “Maybe there’s something in the pipeline. We'll see.”
Eddie the Eagle opens in theaters on Feb. 26.
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