Recently, I was able to catch a preview of Hugh Jackman's upcoming film Eddie The Eagle, which is based on the real-life story of Eddie Edwards, Britain's first Olympic competitor in ski jumping. Hugh plays Bronson Peary, Eddie the Eagle's (Taron Egerton) lovable coach and right-hand man throughout his 1988 Olympic run.
If you're looking to fall in love with another Jackman role, this one is it. I was so impressed with the film and definitely recommend it, but walking out of the theater, what struck me the most was just how phenomenally youthful 47-year-old Jackman remains! It's no secret that the actor, a.k.a. Wolverine to his legion of X-Men fans, has one of the best Hollywood bodies in the biz, but these days he appears to defy aging altogether. Just take a look at these sexy pictures of Jackman over entire decades, and you'll catch my drift entirely.
High School (1984)
Here's a look at 16-year-old Hugh back in 1984, and he still has the same eyes! The young and handsome high schooler was always well-suited for a career in front of the camera.
At 27 years old, Jackman was cast as the lead in a short-lived Australian television show Correlli in which he played Kevin Jones, a beaten and bruised inmate who can't remember why he's in prison.
Hugh is one of few actors who will be forever immortalized as an iconic film superhero. He was famously cast as Wolverine in the first installment of Fox's superhero franchise X-Men, and his performance quickly became the staple of almost every film to follow in the series. Jackman has played Wolverine seven times so far, and he's set to play the character in a Wolverine sequel for the eighth and final time in 2017.
Straight out of his first X-Men film, Jackman played an infamous computer hacker coerced into helping a team of terrorists. This star-studded cast included his fellow X-Men co-star Halle Berry, future War Machine Don Cheadle and the beloved John Travolta.
Swordfish also gave us a chance to see what Jackman looks like as a blond!
Van Helsing (2004)
While everyone focuses on the fact that Van Helsing didn't receive critical acclaim, the film was certainly a crowd-pleaser and to this day maintains something of a cult status. We get to see a long-haired Jackman play a monster hunter who runs around with a crossbow, hunting werewolves and vampires (even while shirtless!). This film fell between the early X-Men films, so Jackman remained in peak physical condition to perform many of his own stunts.
The Prestige (2006)
In this complex film, we're treated to a clean-shaven Hugh as an aristocratic magician at the turn of the 19th century. The Prestige gave Jackman the chance to work with Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine while showing off his stage-trained performance skills under the direction of Christopher Nolan.
Real Steel (2011)
In this entertaining gem, Jackman plays tech expert Charlie Kenton, a boxer-turned-robot trainer. Real Steel presents a chaotic future for sports in which robot wrestling has replaced regular wrestling, and Jackman, as a former wrestler, stirs up a commotion becoming the underdog contender.
Les Misérables (2012)
In this Oscar-winning period musical with strong political overtones, Jackman plays a one-time prisoner during the French Revolution. This role showcased Jackman's singing voice, and he shone as the wronged political protagonist Jean Valjean. His emaciated physical transformation for Les Misérables was nearly as demanding as getting into superhero-shape to play Wolverine over and over again.
The Wolverine (2013)
In his second Wolverine solo film Jackman stated that he ate six meals a day in preparation for the role. He even contacted Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for some tips on bulking up. Johnson suggested that for six months Jackman gain a pound a week by eating 6,000 calories a day, which consisted of "an awful lot of chicken, steak and brown rice."
X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
The most recent X-Men film has become arguably the most beloved film to date in the franchise. Production of The Wolverine and Days Of Future Past occurred back to back so that Jackman was able to stay in shape to play the character (as opposed to having years between playing Wolverine, which required months of work to get back to physical perfection).
Eddie The Eagle (2016)
In the upcoming sports film Eddie The Eagle, Jackman portrays a fallen Olympian attempting to train his protégé Eddie Edwards, a young man whose dream is to go to the Olympics as a ski jumper. The arrogant and drunken role is perfect for Jackman after his experience of playing the brash Wolverine over the past 16 years, and the true story is both inspiring and majorly entertaining.
It's been a decade and a half since Hugh Jackman became a household name playing Wolverine, and today he is one of the most sought-after leading men in Hollywood. Moreover, his fitness regime and healthy lifestyle have made his body look even more amazing than ever. These days, it's rare to see stars age with grace, but Jackman can definitely be counted among those lucky few. Not many can approach the age of 50 and look just as youthful as ever.