Having played the same superhero seven times (and counting), it’s high time for Hugh Jackman to play someone real bad. Thankfully, Pan, the new Peter Pan origin story, is giving him that chance, as the dastardly pirate Blackbeard.
Jackman — along with cast members Levi Miller, Garrett Hedlund, and director Joe Wright—stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Lounge at Comic-Con to talk about the movie and the inspiration for his over-the-top villain.
“Joe knew the real me. This nice guy stuff is boring,” Jackman said, jokingly. “There was one line in J.M. Barrie’s original book that we used as the main source material on this. There’s one line — page 53 — that Hook originally learned his trade as the bosun for Blackbeard.”
When it came to Blackbeard’s eccentric style, Jackman was thrilled by the original concept Wright came to him with. “It had my face with white, cracked makeup on,” he said, “with the wig of Marie Antoinette — literally superimposed — and the costume of Louis XIV. And I was like, ‘I’m in.'”
Check out the rest of the interview in the video above.
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