Hugh Jackman surprised fans at the Hamptons International Film Festival when the “X-Men” star showed up unannounced for a Q&A following a screening of his latest movie, “The Son.”
A source told us the making of the movie — about a man struggling to care for his teen son — “was incredibly difficult for Jackman as his own father, Christopher John Jackman, tragically passed at 84 during [the film’s] shooting.”
The source added, “Jackman returned to set just three days following his loss, and he mentioned during his sit-down with Hamptons artistic director David Nugent that he could ‘feel his father’s presence’ with him during filming as he and writer-director Florian Zeller shot some of the project’s most emotionally complex scenes that speak to both the rewards and challenges of parenthood.”
Jackman, 54, said from the stage of one particularly emotional scene in the film, “I find it hard to watch that scene because I could feel him in the room.”
Jackman’s dad died last year on Father’s Day in their native Australia. The movie star posted a moving tribute on Instagram saying, “In the early hours of Father’s Day (AU), my Dad peacefully passed away… And whilst there is deep sadness, I am filled with such gratitude and love. My Dad was, in a word, extraordinary. He devoted his life to his family, his work and his faith. I pray he is now at peace with God.”
The Hamptons festival runs through October 16. Alec Baldwin, Chelsea Clinton, “Home Alone” director Chris Columbus and fashion designer Donna Karan have also appeared at the Long Island event this year.
As “X-Men” hero Wolverine, Jackman will star in the third “Deadpool” movie with Ryan Reynolds, it was announced by Reynolds last month.
In a video clip teasing the upcoming Marvel project, Reynolds asked, “Hey, Hugh, you want to play Wolverine one more time?” “Yeah, for sure,” Jackman nonchalantly replied in the background.
Jackman’s upcoming projects also include a biblical role as Paul the Apostle in a project being produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, as well as Baz Luhrmann’s series for Hulu, “Faraway Downs,” based on the Jackman and Nicole Kidman movie, “Australia.”
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