Making the film had an unexpected effect on Jackman, whose reputation as the kindest, happiest person on set follows him wherever he goes. “I was always able to fall asleep quickly and sleep as long as I wanted,” he said. Variety last fall. “But not on this one. I look back now and I’m like, ‘Of course, I wasn’t sleeping.’ There’s a history of mental illness in my family, and a lot of things were waiting for me.”
During filming, he recalled: “I was waking up at 4 a.m., knowing I hadn’t gotten enough sleep. Thank God I was playing a role where I was supposed to look like shit, because I felt pretty bad.”
Jackman said the film, which he first watched privately with Furness and their children before its splashy premiere at the 2022 Venice Film Festival, changed him as a parent. “I am more emotionally vulnerable in front of my children,” he explained. “I’m more verbal about the things I’m experiencing, even if it’s things that concern them.”
But no matter what Jackman chooses to share in the future, in his book or otherwise, he’s also made it clear that he’s not just busy working out. He also works on everything as he goes.
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