Dear Hugh Jackman,

AND he's got a great tan. Pic:

Ok, I get it… you’re an outrageously talented, actor, singer and dancer, Hollywood, Broadway and TV über-star. You’re an incredibly devoted husband to Deborra-Lee and loving father to Oscar and Ava.

You’re a generous philanthropist — supporting and raising awareness of numerous charities and community projects.

You’ve been voted the “Sexiest Man Alive”.

Your mantelpiece is groaning under the weight of awards including an Emmy and two Tony awards, as well as Theatre World, Broadway Audience, New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, Australian Film Institute, Film Critics Circle of Australia, People’s Choice, Teen Choice and Scream awards and now a Golden Globe. You might be adding to the collection with an Oscar.

You’ve hosted the Oscars and Tony Awards to critical acclaim.

You’ve played (in no particular order) characters as diverse as Wolverine, Jean Valjean, The Easter Bunny, Van Helsing, Curly, The Drover, Peter Allen and even a bloody penguin — and that’s just off the top of my head.

You love footy, play the piano, guitar, violin and practice yoga.

You’re the perennial nice guy, that dazzling personality and laconic Australian humour shining through in every interview and appearance. Everyone loves you, there are no skeletons in your closet, you don’t try to run over paparazzi or throw phones at hotel staff.

I hope you realise just how much you make all us other Aussie blokes feel totally worthless and inadequate. Congratulations on the Golden Globe, you bastard.


Steve Williams

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    • Tim says:

      06:55am | 15/01/13

      Yeah Hugh Jackman may almost be the perfect man who’s talents put us all to shame.

      But I have a hotter girlfriend, so there’s that…..

    • Martin says:

      12:57pm | 15/01/13

      he could have nailed the hottest women on the planet, but he’s sticking loyal to his wife who’s not a looker.

      point, set and match, Hugh.

    • Tim says:

      01:47pm | 15/01/13

      how does it make him better than other people because he sticks with his wife? Surely that’s just a minimum pass mark.

      Although looking below, apparently she’s 13 years older than him and they got married when he was 27-28.
      Silly Hugh got locked in before he was famous and could actually nail those hot women you mention.

    • Lukew says:

      04:20pm | 15/01/13

      She looks alright to me, good on them both!

    • Jay2 says:

      05:05pm | 15/01/13

      Hugh seems like a nice guy, but I personally don’t get all the excitement he seems to generate, but to each their own. His Wife is articulate, smart and I think attractive, there’s something really nice about her .

      @Sean, noooooo, keep being a nice guy, let those women who are less worthy of having you keep looking past, until a woman who appreciates you comes along. That’s what happened with my OH and you know, I married the most gorgeous man going. He’s just the quieter non beer sloshing type and make the most FANTASTIC family man. He ticks ALL the boxes!
      I remember a lot of my then friends basically implying I could do better, that he was an introvert and polar opposite to me. The irony is, without exception, they all bar one, married macho beer sloshing ‘types’ that they’ve now split up from and look in envy at me!

      Ha..I do feel so smug grin

    • George says:

      06:56am | 15/01/13


      Good on ya’ mate!  Its refreshing to see something written about Aussie’ achievers like Hughesy’ amid the sea of vile political commentary.


    • B4Bear says:

      03:50pm | 15/01/13

      Oh so true. The man love for Wolverine, sorry mean Hugh is just huge here today.

    • stephen says:

      07:21am | 15/01/13

      He deserves our congratulations, too.

      Last night I saw a preview of Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln, and he, in character, said this : ‘things that are equal to the same thing are equal to each other’ ... and I wondered if Abe would ever have said such a thing, because the quote is not merely rhetoric but is actually the first axiom of Euclid’s Elements - Euclid was a famous Greek mathematician - and I reckon that the script-writer wanted to make Abe sound important, or maybe he wanted the movie to sound such ...
      (Anyway, the statement is incorrect : it has, inherent in it, a false proposition, and only someone from Hollywood would have made that error.)

      But there is another quibble : Lewis’s voice, as Lincoln, is wrong : it is too high in pitch and he talks too fast.
      Lincoln was tall and melancholic ; he maybe made too much eye-contact and perhaps sunk his chin into his chest a little as he spoke ; I don’t reckon he would have sounded like Don Knotts.

      I hope the film is truer than Skyfall though.
      (Abe wasn’t always good.)

    • Nostromo says:

      09:40am | 15/01/13

      For a much more realistic Abe I suggest you watch Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Best historical re-enactment movie in a long time, if you can get past the whole vampire thing wink.

    • Jeremy says:

      10:29am | 15/01/13

      Actually based on writing from the time, Lincolns voice should be smaller and higher than it is in the film. The Lincoln you think of is a stately legend, designed because it sounds better when used in re-enactments. I’m glad they choose to go close to the real voice for the film.

    • Ziggy says:

      10:42am | 15/01/13

      @Stephen. Thank you for your valiant attempt to try and correct Hollywood rewriting history. You will never win but thanks for trying anyway. Just resign yourself to the fact we live in an age where Hollywood and the internet are now the main vehicle of communication of wrong and harmful information to the masses. Hence falsehoods are accepted as truths and eventually conflict increases.
      I still recall my shock at meeting Alan Ladd in his heyday as a great star only to discover that he barely came up to my shoulder and I am no six footer. Even Tom Cruise would have towered over him. Tough guy - BS. My grandkids (girls as well) would have beaten him up with ease. So much for Shane.
      And the rich irony of that old war movie hero - John Wayne - who did everything to avoid being drafted.But at least he was a genuinely big physically.Plus he won the war virtually single handed!
      Day Lewis is a great actor and I enjoyed the film because at least it did convey the fact that Lincoln was always ready to act like any other politician in priming the pork barrel to get his way on the issues that counted to him.

    • stephen says:

      04:06pm | 15/01/13

      Well, maybe he didn’t have a big booming voice but it would have been preferable him having a normal one rather than sounding like Cousin itt.

      Alan Ladd in Shane represents one of the best film performances I have seen ... and I agree with your point Ziggy, which only then goes to my credit.
      John Wayne’s an odd case : I saw on TV years ago how he was a quite right-winger - a supporter of the NRA and a good mate with Mr. Heston - yet all his co-stars had said how he was always supportive of others on set who were having a hard time ... Montgomery Clift was mentioned, as was, another time, Shelley Winters.
      I don’t know whether he avoided the draft - Cary Grant did, however, though he did donate his whole wage from, I think, His Girl Friday, to the war effort.
      D.D.Lewis is a good actor.

    • Tubesteak says:

      07:41am | 15/01/13

      The fact that he’s heavily involved in musical theatre, is the Sexiest Man Alive and married to ..... that ..... shows that there is certainly something in his closet. It will come out soon.

      Now look at George Clooney: there’s a man who’s certainly an inspiration!

    • VVS says:

      08:15am | 15/01/13

      It’s pretty hard to beat Stacy Kiebler (and formerly Krista Allen) I’ll give you that…

    • Tim says:

      08:33am | 15/01/13

      Mmmm Stacy Keibler the hottest WWF star of all time.

    • Dave says:

      09:29am | 15/01/13

      VVS:  I dunno, I’m sure Chris Brown would give it a crack.

    • NSS says:

      09:32am | 15/01/13

      Aww, poor Tubey can’t handle the idea that an attractive man actually adores his not-as-equally attractive wife, and therefore MUST be a closet gay. I’m laughing very hard here. Their genuine love for one another and their long- lasting public loyalty throws your entire foundation of male-female relationships into chaos, doesn’t it?

      Suck it up, princess.

    • simonfromlakemba says:

      09:43am | 15/01/13

      AJ is the new WWE cutie! little stunner.

    • good on her says:

      09:49am | 15/01/13

      People are obviously judging Debra-Lee by her looks, not the woman inside. For her to still be married to Hugh with all those vultures cicling shows she must be pretty incredible, and it shows that Hugh (unlike these commenters) is not taken in by by the plastic world of the film industry. In her interviews Debra-Lee comes across as a warm and funny woman who knows how to keep the sexiest man in the world in thrall.

    • sami says:

      10:03am | 15/01/13

      Yes, because a woman’s worth lies entirely in her appearance.

    • Rich says:

      10:06am | 15/01/13

      “That” ?? What an offensive statement. If you’re ranking someone by the attractiveness of their partner I dare say you’re the one with issues.  Fool.

    • Osiris Fox says:

      10:22am | 15/01/13

      Don’t be a wanker!

    • Chris L says:

      10:38am | 15/01/13

      I think she looks fine.

      Perhaps I’m just entering that age bracket that requires one to be less picky.

    • Ziggy says:

      10:45am | 15/01/13

      I hate George Clooney’s politics but have to admit he would be good guy to hang out with.

    • Not ......."that"....... says:

      10:47am | 15/01/13

      @ tubesteak What a repulsive comment. Hugh Jackman doesn’t put men to shame, it’s comments like “.......that….....” (above) that put men to shame.

      Seems to me that the only difference between Hugh Jackman and men like you is that he lives his life with integrity to himself and to his family. 

      So stop complaining. Perhaps if you spent less time trolling news sites for cheap derogatory laughs and more time actually rising above your petty, childish, sexist attitude, you might find you’re actually closer to Hugh Jackman than you think.

      Women don’t care about awards for singing and dancing and we certainly don’t expect our men to be the sexiest man alive - we care that our men show respect to themselves, their family and others. That’s it. Respect and integrity really are the sexiest qualities around.

      And unlike you Hugh Jackman seems to have plenty of both…. and THAT’S why he’s so successful….

    • Jamie says:

      11:01am | 15/01/13

      I figure she must make a really good sandwich then

    • Tim says:

      11:11am | 15/01/13

      It’s funny that when an ugly man is going out with a physically beautiful woman, people assume that the guy must be rich or a sugar daddy and the girl must be a bimbo.

      But if a physically good looking man is going out with an ugly woman, we’re meant to assume that she has an amazing personality and that true beauty lies on the inside. LOL

    • Neil says:

      11:36am | 15/01/13

      I think they got together young, before he was the big star.

      That’s what I call real love, hooking up before money and having rooted around too much become big factors. In my experience they are the happiest people. It’s something Tubesteak will never have, and neither will I!

    • Yvonne says:

      12:30pm | 15/01/13

      I have actually heard something like that.. purportedly true.. but who knows???  And really… who cares?  he’s a great role model, and an awesome advertisement for Australia.

    • Tim says:

      01:49pm | 15/01/13


      they got married in 1996, so he was 28, she was 41. Hardly young.

    • Kerryn says:

      07:51am | 15/01/13

      I prefer footy players myself.

      But yeah, any woman could have written this about Miranda Kerr.  None of us will ever be as hot as her :-(

    • Audra Blue says:

      11:35am | 15/01/13

      If you think Miranda Kerr has hotness to aspire to, you need to aim higher.

    • John says:

      01:09pm | 15/01/13

      I dont think males rate Miranda Kerr as highly as woman do. This is probably another one of those differences between the sexes things that logic fails to explain.  For mine tennis player Anna Ivanovic has got legs that go all the way to heaven!

    • bananbender says:

      05:12pm | 15/01/13

      Miranda Kerr is NOT hot.

    • Gayle says:

      07:51am | 15/01/13

      I think Hugh is great.  Congratulations - you deserve it.

    • Sync says:

      07:59am | 15/01/13

      Piece of the Day. smile

    • Gladys says:

      07:59am | 15/01/13

      Lol! He is marvellous, isn’t he? Well done Hugh. I am so proud you’re ours.

    • Gladys says:

      07:59am | 15/01/13

      Lol! He is marvellous, isn’t he? Well done Hugh. I am so proud you’re ours.

    • Rosie says:

      08:09am | 15/01/13

      Hugh Jackman in Hollywood the biggest deal of all is “. You’re an incredibly devoted husband to Deborra-Lee and loving father to Oscar and Ava.” Congratulations, this is an achievement. All Australians should be dearly proud of you.

    • wazza says:

      10:17am | 15/01/13

      It’s great that he’s doing such good work for the elderly.

    • Gakky says:

      08:32am | 15/01/13

      Well done Hugh and well done Steve for this great article…I must admit I wasn’t sure where it was going when I read the opening line, but it was a great read and made me laugh out loud….that’s when you know it’s good.  Thanks for bringing a laugh to my day!

    • Brian says:

      09:21am | 15/01/13

      Apart from his fantastic career, body, looks killer smart wife !! and lovely family .....he just has a wonderful attitude, grateful, humble at times and seems like a really lovely bloke that loves his wife, family and life….and shows the rest of us what a good man looks like….positive, kind and engaged in in own life Congrats on your all round success

    • Kate says:

      09:32am | 15/01/13

      Hugh Jackman is my boyfriends’ idol, he loves him haha

    • Angry_Of_Mayfair says:

      11:42am | 15/01/13

      He makes me feel funny in my man-bits….....

    • LJ Dots says:

      01:55pm | 15/01/13

      Kate, I told you at home not to reveal my secrets online. You do know I read the Punch right? We’ll definitely be discussing this tonight.

    • Emma says:

      09:42am | 15/01/13

      The way men feel threatened is the same way i feel about Megan Gale or Megan Foxx. I look nothing like them and never will, but i can guarantee i’ve never wasted one drop of drool over the likes of Hugh, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Orlando Bloom etc. There are some women on this planet who aren’t chasing guys for the glitz and money!

    • Go Hugh says:

      10:58am | 15/01/13

      Who said it’s about the money? Hugh’s hot, talented and seems like a very nice guy. That’s all I care about!

      Thanks for this write-up, Steve. In a world where women are often feeling the pressure it’s a nice reminder sometimes the men also experience a bit of envy.

      Congrats again to Hugh on his Golden Globe win. And to his Mrs - you’re a very, very lucky woman!

    • Emily says:

      12:22pm | 15/01/13

      This comment frustrates me because while the author of the article seems to feel threatened by the ‘full package’ of Hugh - including his acting ability, family ethic, multiple other talents, etc - you seem to only be threatened by these women for one thing: their appearance. Have some more confidence in your other attributes and realise that attractiveness isn’t the be all and end all of this world.

    • Eddie says:

      09:47am | 15/01/13

      You are the MAN Hugh! Well Done

    • Ashley Cole says:

      10:01am | 15/01/13

      I don’t mind him although i must say his wife is the luckiest woman on earth, with a head like that, eager beaver

    • Elijah says:

      10:03am | 15/01/13

      He doesn’t make me feel worthless. YAY he is a actor…my favorite actor but still thats what he is. Doesn’t make him any better than me.

    • marcwolf says:

      10:04am | 15/01/13

      An thus the lawn-mover makes another run over the tall-poppy bed smile
      Hugh is a fantastic role-model for today and certainly a person that all men can aspire to be.. without feeling one’s masculity is being threatened at all.
      And for all of the rednecks who grump that dancing, singing, acting, poncing etc is effeminate (you know that ‘G’ word.. that real men fear) - Hugh just proves them wrong.
      Many thanks for the laughts and fun Hugh.

    • David Harvey says:

      10:05am | 15/01/13

      Onya Hugh,your a great talent and just because you make one bloke feel worthless dosnt mean we all feel that way,keep up the great work mate.

    • John says:

      10:07am | 15/01/13

      Big fan of Hugh. A man that shows you can have all the success in the world and still be a nice person. Good on ya mate!

    • Alis says:

      10:14am | 15/01/13

      maybe you aussie men need to pull your fingers out and become a nice guy, stop drinking beer and get sloshed and hit other ppl and start acing like a human being (like hugh does) rather than blame him for your short comings and lazyness..

    • Sean says:

      12:23pm | 15/01/13

      Well, I’m a nice guy. I work as a Registered Nurse, I put other people ahead of myself, I’m not unattractive, I don’t go out and get sloshed every weekend, and have never been in a fight. But according to most women that I’ve asked out, I’m “too nice”, and they want to be “just good friends”. So that sort of makes your comment invalid - and I’m sure there are a lot of guys like me out there who have had to deal with the same crap.

    • ByStealth says:

      01:30pm | 15/01/13

      ‘maybe you aussie men need to pull your fingers out and become a nice guy’

      Another example of women telling men to be nice. Sean has explained exactly where this gets you.

      So no Alis. Men don’t need to do anything.

    • Sarahh says:

      02:45pm | 15/01/13

      Sean, sorry to tell you, but it’s not that you’re “too nice”, the girls who say that are just being polite. It’s that you’re in all likelihood boring. Most people want to be with someone who challenges them, not necessarily someone who isn’t “nice” though, but there has to be a balance.

    • Tim says:

      03:01pm | 15/01/13

      Translation from Sarahh’s comment:
      “boring” = has a full time job, doesn’t cheat, treats others with respect.
      “someone who challenges them”= arrogant and selfish

    • Sarahh says:

      03:46pm | 15/01/13

      Well that’s not what I meant by boring, I meant little to contribute to a conversation,  agreeable to the point where you have no idea what they actually think etc.  Have a think about the last time you described someone as “nice”, did you mean nice?  Or did you mean, well, there’s nothing technically bad about them, in fact, they’re a little bit boring but I don’t want to sound mean?

    • Jimmy says:

      10:14am | 15/01/13

      I don’t think I am that jealous of a bloke who sings and prances about in Hollywood for a living and is married to a 57 year old. I am also content with not being able to play the violin, do yoga or grow goatees that make me look ridiculous. Most real Aussie blokes are jealous of Warnie not Hugh.

    • Warnie's Washed Up says:

      11:13am | 15/01/13

      Warnie! His teeth look like they’re painted white, and all he does these days is look creepy and annyoy everyone with online poker ads. Methinks no-one’s jealous of Jimmy either.

    • mack says:

      11:39am | 15/01/13

      warnie and his missus, two more plastic people I’ve yet to see, at least Deb and hugh wont melt in a heat wave

    • Jimmy says:

      12:02pm | 15/01/13

      I’m not shallow enough to desire people being jealous of me.

    • Tezza says:

      10:15am | 15/01/13

      I think it’s great, it give us a break from hearing about all the other fakers like Tom bloody Cruise and Brad bloody Pitt.

    • KJBeinke says:

      10:23am | 15/01/13

      What a lot of nonsense. If anyone feels bad, they made themselves feel bad. Does that mean whenever any of us achieve something, we make the rest feel bad? I am happy for Hugh Jackman, but sure as hell I don’t fell bad. I decide how I feel. I decided regardless of the success of others, I feel good and I am happy for their success.

    • KJBeinke says:

      10:24am | 15/01/13

      What a lot of nonsense. If anyone feels bad, they made themselves feel bad. Does that mean whenever any of us achieve something, we make the rest feel bad? I am happy for Hugh Jackman, but sure as hell I don’t fell bad. I decide how I feel. I decided regardless of the success of others, I feel good and I am happy for their success.

    • Chris L says:

      10:40am | 15/01/13

      Maybe Steve should have put a smiley face at the end so that people who haven’t had their morning coffee wouldn’t confuse it for a serious criticism.

    • Just a guy says:

      10:28am | 15/01/13

      Strange. I have never given him a thought other than watch a role he has played. Are there any guys out there who actually can be made to feel inadequate by another male? Guys who don’t have psych problems? Maybe it is because after a decade or two of a mother-in-law trying to make me feel inadequate I have developed psychological body armour.

    • Ags says:

      04:21pm | 15/01/13

      You’re so right, Chris L! Some people certainly do take themselves so very seriously! I’m sure this piece was meant to be tongue-in-cheek and a bit of a laugh, and some of you are being all deep and meaningful. Lighten up!

    • Matthew says:

      10:29am | 15/01/13

      Why put the man down?  He’s something we should all be aiming for.  I have a lot of respect for him and most of all love the fact he’s so down to Earth.  He’s at his best when he comes back to Australia to do interviews, his humour is just like the rest of ours but he does wonders for Australia’s image.

      Trying to beat or even match him is an unobtainable feat but it doesn’t hurt to improve your personality by being more like him.

    • RamRod - ACT says:

      10:30am | 15/01/13

      Isn’t that the Australian way? We all want the underdog to climb to the top of the pile, then when they get there we just want to knock them off again. Good on ya mate- it couldn’t have happened to a nicer more down to earth Aussie bloke.

    • Brad says:

      10:32am | 15/01/13

      I think Deborah-Lee is beautiful and Hugh is very lucky to have her. To see two people so close and such a union is what I think puts us blokes to shame. Hugh is certainly the guy most of us want to have a beer with.

    • Liz says:

      11:39am | 15/01/13

      In a world full of bs they are lucky to have found each other, and can make it work for such a long time.  Well done guys you both deserve our applause.

    • ij says:

      10:32am | 15/01/13

      Such a silly thing to write. Grow up.
      Well done Hugh.

    • mahran says:

      10:40am | 15/01/13

      Hugh is the best in the west… live with it , deal with it and get over it guys,,, you can be like him but you just wont bother,,, My husband for me is the best to me as well and we have been married for 10 years and I would not change anything in my life,,, feel that you are blessed and your life will totally change to the best…

      Be proud of our Aussie achievers and be happy for others instead of jealousy…


    • Glenn says:

      10:47am | 15/01/13

      Hugh has a gifted and very lucky life. The best part is he knows it, he is thankful for it, shares it unequivocally with his partner and children and does philanthropic work for those less fortunate.

      Good on you mate, you do all the Aussie men proud. If I ever had the chance, I would definitely buy you a beer.

      Cheers to a champion.

    • Ziggy says:

      10:47am | 15/01/13

      I’d rather have a beer with Helen Mirren but then that’s just me.

    • Wayne Kerr says:

      12:22pm | 15/01/13

      Maybe it’s because I’m older but I’d do Helen Mirren in a second (after that beer of course).  She is beautiful and sexy still.

    • Brad says:

      10:49am | 15/01/13

      I bet he would love to have my anonymity! Jealous much Hugh?

    • Sara Schmidt says:

      10:51am | 15/01/13

      Hot, hot, hot.  Deserves every accolade he gets.  Roll on the Oscars.  Good luck babe!  Lot’s of love and xxxxx Sara.

    • omgih says:

      10:52am | 15/01/13

      Hugh is a positive role model for men who chose their wife for love, not superficial stuff… watch and learn morons.

    • JS says:

      10:53am | 15/01/13

      ” I hope you realise just how much you make all us other Aussie blokes feel totally worthless and inadequate.”

      thats because aussie blokes ARE totally worthless and inadequate. Maybe instead of whining about it you should try harder and do better

    • Shane says:

      10:55am | 15/01/13

      If he ever does something of substance I’ll be impressed, but he’ll nevewr win a Nobel Prizer, or increase the knowledge of mankind.

      He sings songs and pretends to be someone else.  There’s nothing to admire in that!

    • Peewee of Perth says:

      10:56am | 15/01/13

      Brilliant, and agreed that this article is a welcome relief from all the politician generated vitriol of late. Hugh Jackman deserves the kudos as an artist, and as a humane masculine aspiration. Congratulations indeed!

    • Susie says:

      10:59am | 15/01/13

      How can any man feel worthless… he is an actor. Not a doctor, firefighter, police officer, nurse…. they are the real heroes in this world. I am sick of all the limelight on Hollywood…. its entertainment not heroism… if only the rest of the world would see actors for what they are, they act, they do not save lives, rescue people from burning houses or help you when are you sick.

    • Shano says:

      11:00am | 15/01/13

      perhaps more Aussie men wouldnt feel as threatened by Hugh Jackman if as teenagers they participated in singing, dance and theater with attractive females rather than making fun of those that preferred to do so, while they themselves played footy and showered with their teammates ..... too much glorification of sport and disrespect for the arts in this country.

    • Ingrid says:

      11:00am | 15/01/13

      Aussie blokes,

      LIFT YOUR GAME rather than sit around whinging and crying like little snotty-nosed kids and complaining about a bloke doing well and being considerate to others.

    • Outgrid says:

      05:31pm | 15/01/13

      Aussie sheilas,

      GET A SENSE OF HUMOUR. Oh, and stop with the entitled insistance for other people to improve themselves. If you want something out of life you should get it yourself rather than wait for a man to do it for you.

    • Josh says:

      11:04am | 15/01/13

      The more men like Hugh Jackman, the better this world would be. Good on ya mate. You deserve every accolade you’ve received.

    • taz says:

      11:05am | 15/01/13

      He’s not really much of an actor and severely overrated like most Hollywood actors but he is a nice guy so that counts for something .
      It is amazing people rave about Les Mis the musical yet compared to the stage play performances by actual professional singers it is absolute rubbish.

    • James says:

      11:06am | 15/01/13

      If I am supposed to feel threatened by Hugh then I will take that as a compliment, he is a fine role model and nothing about him is fake.

      Much better than any breast implanted, plastic surgeon, Botoxed bimbos that the girls have to be “threatened” about isn’t it ?

    • Ray says:

      11:12am | 15/01/13

      Nice to have someone to aspire to rather than the clowns we have running the country (on both sides of the parliament). Go Hugh.

    • Marg says:

      11:14am | 15/01/13

      Just because Hugh’s wife is older than him people are making really nasty comments.  She looks very good to me and he loves her.  There are contless men who marry women 10 , 20 or even more years younger than themselves and its acceptable. It just shows what a sick society we have. Women are having cosmetic sugery at younger ages now.  No matter how much surgery you have you are still your age and nothing will change that.  Grow old gracefully is what I say.

    • M.. says:

      11:20am | 15/01/13

      For men to be so threatened by , jealous of and inadaquate compared with Hugh Jackman, simply prove, that they are inadaquate ! Get a life… make your own better.

    • Christine says:

      02:03pm | 15/01/13

      That’s not correct. A man looking up to someone who appears to “have everything” doesn’t mean that man is inadequate at all. If everyone was a “famous Hollywood superstar”, then nobody would be, for example. Most people will never attain such, but that doesn’t make their lives any less full and rich. While many billionaires and multi-millionaires will preach in ‘inspirational videos’ that you can attain anything that they have simply by making the right decisions, the truth is in most cases events completely outside of their control conspired to produce the “right time and place (and people)” moments that gave them their edge. Admiring and feeling inadequate in comparison to such an all-round superstar as Hugh doesn’t mean his life is “inadequate”, just that he recognises that Hugh has it better.

    • jr says:

      11:23am | 15/01/13

      The american society is based on a celebrity cult.  A pyramid style structured society where there are heroes as the top and the rest of us have to follow them.  I am afraid this has shown that it creates really angry and fustrated individuals at the bottom.  In america, that is displayed by certain individuals who pick up guns and shoot people at random. 
      Everybody has a role in life and we should all get some kind of recognition rather have celebrities represent a broad number of groups.

    • Real Man says:

      11:30am | 15/01/13

      Dear Steve Williams,

      Speak for yourself, and see a counsellor about your inadequacies.

      Regards, Man comfortable in his own skin

    • AJ says:

      11:31am | 15/01/13

      Congratulations Hugh, all the accolades are well deserved. He has shown everyone how to be a major international success yet stay true to your roots and maintain your mateships with your school friends.

      Even though I can sometimes get a little frustrated watching my wife swoon over him (as she says - “The perfect man”) how could anyone possibly begrudge his success? With his positive approach to life and those that he loves he deserves every bit of the success he has achieved.

    • Alice says:

      11:42am | 15/01/13

      Youre comparing yourself to a Hollywood A-Lister - of course hes a million times better.
      Toughen up princesses!

    • doug says:

      11:46am | 15/01/13

      So much better to be reading about an Australian male as opposed to offshore manufactured bimbo boys like cruise and beiber…. and I must say Im with Ray - better than reading about julia liar face and her cohorts.

    • Jason says:

      11:50am | 15/01/13

      Recently returning back after living in Europe for over 3 years, from an appearance point over of view, all I can say is that most aussie blokes are heading towards boganville. Wife beaters singlets, rugby shorts, flip flops and tattooed bodies are an eyesore. Hope Hugh Jackman’s success brings some sense!

    • Tony says:

      12:17pm | 15/01/13

      Cant agree more

    • you fail men says:

      11:55am | 15/01/13

      LOL, talk about insecure. tall poppy syndrome….

    • Rob says:

      11:56am | 15/01/13

      Who cares.  He is an actor he is not real.  He reads script for a living.  He has done nothing to improve the world or the people that live in it.  Actors are exactly that actors. They get paid a fortune to act.  They don’t make scientific discoveries,  they don’t cure diseases in fact they just produce trash that people like to watch.

    • Ben says:

      12:34pm | 15/01/13

      Wow…. That has to be the most envious statement I have ever read… Tall poppy syndrome methinks… So Rob, what have you done that warrants such merit? And no beating your wife doesn’t count….

    • Weary says:

      12:01pm | 15/01/13

      Really?  He makes me feel effortlessly heterosexual. 
      I can understand why a man singing at you whilst wearing tights may be intimidating though…

    • Johno says:

      12:04pm | 15/01/13

      Best part of this article are the idiot’s who fail at literacy.

      This is obviously tongue in cheek he basically compliments the guy through the whole piece. Wake up and read it again if you are having a tanty.

    • James1 says:

      02:58pm | 15/01/13

      “Best part of this article are the idiot’s who fail at literacy.”


    • averill says:

      12:09pm | 15/01/13

      Tubesteak and others who have made disparaging remarks about Debra Lee   there is an old quotation “...Behind every good man there is a good woman…” . Are you all jealous because you do not have a “good woman” behind you?  All you do is gawk at photos, and videos of good looking women.  Just look at the smile on Debra Lee’s face, the sunshine in her heart coming out. Compare with some others on the Red Carpet- most you cannot see through the amount of makeup they have on, and others say “look at me- how gorgeous am I” Well done Hugh you make us proud, and Debra you are an inspiration for all women!!

    • Ian of Mussy says:

      12:24pm | 15/01/13

      To me he’s an inspiration.
      Shows that a nobody from a little Continent, that most Americans hardly even know where it is, can step up, achieve their dreams and more and become heavily sought after within such an industry.
      Add to that, the fact that his and Deborah-Lee’s marriage can stay so strong in such a usually poisonous atmosphere like Hollywood.

      And then he can spend his “spare” time bringing light to the plight of some othe World’s less fortunate. 100% respect for Hugh.

      I think a more worrying trend would be the mass of clearly homophobic comments in response to this non-sense article.
      2013 and people still assume someone is gay for wearing tights? Oh please…. find some culture and enrich your lives.

    • Robinoz says:

      12:26pm | 15/01/13

      What a great article about an excellent Australian exemplar. He’s obviously one of the rare people who has found his niche in life and is playing it for everything it is worth, which is millions.

      Good luck to him. No Tall Poppy syndrome here.

    • Android says:

      12:27pm | 15/01/13

      ‘Screw you Hugh SAY MEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY’. What a load of dribble. What men, apart from you, are saying this? We’re not all insecure Steve. Frankly, I couldn’t care less who won what. He’s obviously done well but…care factor = zero. He’s just an actor after all.

    • L Lawliet says:

      12:37pm | 15/01/13

      Oh, an article about Aussies and their love of tallpoppy syndrome. What’s new?

    • Hugh Fan says:

      12:38pm | 15/01/13

      I was fortunate to see Hugh at a movie industry event a few months before Australia was released. He walked into a cinema full of cynical movie people and spend over 40 mins with funny and interesting anecdotes about family life and making movies and the industry in general, didn’t bitch or moan about anyone and was extraordinarily charismatic and had the (predominatey male) audience raving about him afterwards. That was the day I realised that some people jsut have an “X” factor of talent and charm and he is one of the very few to possess it. That he uses it for good (family man, entertains the rest of us mere mortals with his talents, his charity and philanthropy) and not bad - (being a womaniser or con man) is even more of a credit to him.

      After that day I became a huge fan. He is amazing.

    • Matthew says:

      12:40pm | 15/01/13

      “I hope you realise just how much you make all us other Aussie blokes feel totally worthless and inadequate”....Umm, speak for yourself.

    • Vicky says:

      12:52pm | 15/01/13

      The only thing that’s ever disappointed me about Hugh Jackman is his insistence early on in his career in lying about his wife’s age. Then again it was probably at her will to do so.

      I remember for years and years he said that there was an 8 year age difference, or tried to evade giving a direct number.

      But it was pretty common knowledge that in fact Deb is 13 years older than him, and in the last few years they seem to have stopped trying to lie about it.

      Not sure why they bothered trying to keep that fact hidden for so long, but at least now it’s out there.

    • Scoby says:

      12:56pm | 15/01/13

      I’ve never met any guy who has ever had anything negative to say about Hugh Jackman, let alone felt inadequate by him. You are an insecure little man with the complexes normally reserved for bitter jealous women. I feel sorry for you sweetheart.

    • Up The Workers! says:

      01:00pm | 15/01/13

      Yeah, but apart from all that, what is he good for?

    • St. Michael says:

      04:18pm | 15/01/13

      He can count to infinity.

    • sometimes sue says:

      01:04pm | 15/01/13

      He can come for dinner and stay for breakfast any time he likes!! Yum. And Deborra-Lee is an amazing woman - she is talented, intelligent, compassionate, funny, sensitive - who hasn’t decided that she needs to ‘beautify’ herself with plastic surgery to keep her man.  Good on her.  They are a great couple and I wish them well together.  And congratulations to Hugh (drool…:-))

    • Emma says:

      04:03pm | 15/01/13

      Emily i can understand your point. Hugh is a human being and a man, i get this. If you have spent your whole life being dropped for someone prettier or picked on for not fitting in then no matter how smart or amazing you are underneath there are still some people on this planet who are purely about the superficial. I will agree with you that Hugh is a man of many skills, and no disrespect to him, i was just trying to make a point from the other side so that men knew not all women were after the Hugh type (on the outside that is).

    • bananbender says:

      05:22pm | 15/01/13

      Sorry Steve but you are completely deluded. I can’t think of any heterosexual Australian male who wants to perform high camp musical roles or marry a women almost old enough to be his mother.

    • pete says:

      06:30pm | 15/01/13

      I get the feeling in our dystopian future Hugh Jackman will be delivering messages from the elites on videoscreens throughout our cities.


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