The Straits Times
Published on Dec 18, 2012

Dad inspires Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables role


Actor Hugh Jackman could not have tackled his potentially career-defining performance as the hero Jean Valjean in the movie version of Les Miserables had it not been for the influence of his father.

"My father is quite a religious man," he says, as the cast gather at Claridges Hotel ahead of the film's London premiere recently. The film opens here on Christmas day.

"The evangelical preacher Billy Graham converted him when he was about 30 and, a bit like Valjean, he was not really religious growing up but he had some kind of epiphany later in his life."

Jackman's father was an accountant and his son once asked whether his Christianity was ever an issue for him at work.