Actor Hugh Jackman put his language skills to the test as he picked up a top trophy at the 2013 Zurich Film Festival and delivered his acceptance speech in German. The Wolverine star was in Switzerland on Saturday (28Sep13) to pick up the Golden Icon Award at a special ceremony held in his honour, and he addressed the crowd in heavily-accented German.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jackman delighted fans as he said, "I am honoured to receive this honour and to present my new film Prisoners."
Switching over to English, he explained that he owed "literally everything" to Switzerland as his parents first met at a Swiss resort. Jackman also recalled how he visited the country "on a pilgrimage" when he was 18: "(I was) wandering the streets and sleeping at the railway station. That bum you saw and kicked? That was me."
Director Denis Villeneuve and Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo also appeared at the event with Jackman to screen new thriller Prisoners.
The Australian star's latest accolade comes just days after he was presented with a lifetime achievement award at Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival.
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Jake Gyllenhaal and his Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve once again team up for Enemy, an unconventional thriller that has Jake Gyllenhaal playing both the main character and his doppelgänger. The duo's recently released Prisoners has been getting rave reviews, and Enemy is likely to follow in the same footsteps. The film features Gyllenhaal, a college professor, who gets spooked when he watches a movie and realizes the actor looks exactly like him. In the clip above, Gyllenhaal is shown explaining to his class that dictatorships tend to deprive people of essential items to keep them under control, and one result of this is the loss of self expression. This small tidbit may be an insight into the character's psyche as he tries to come to terms with the idea that he may have a double out there and never realized it. He concludes the speech with saying this cycle of dictatorship happens repeatedly throughout time, seemingly referencing the idea that he is continually recreated over and over... cue the creepy music.
The trailer also features Mélanie Laurent as Gyllenhaal's love interest, while the film will also star Isabella Rossellini and Sarah Gadon. Enemy is based on the 2002 critically acclaimed novel, "The Double," by Jose Saramago. And, just to be clear, this is not the same premise of Jesse Eisenberg's movie The Double, totally different, unreleated doppelgänger film.
Enemy recently debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival where Gyllenhaal spoke with The Huffington Post and said, "It was such an experiment, that film. That film is a very strange experience. And I wouldn't even necessarily call it a film; I would call it an experience." After the screening, Enemy was picked up by A24 Films, which plans on releasing it sometime next year. However, if you're in the mood for the Gyllenhaal/Villeneuve experience, Prisoners is now playing in theaters.
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"I didn't want to do it quite frankly, the role sort of terrified me in one way or another, very dark water. You take people with their children dying, or in this case being abducted, and it's some serious water to get into, but Denis Villeneuve (director) does such an excellent job, the filmmaking is so fine that you really get deeply into this story." Actress Melissa Leo was reluctant to take on a role in new child abduction thriller Prisoners.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman doubled as snake wranglers on the set of their new movie Prisoners after a case of reptiles was set loose. Gyllenhaal had to act in a scene with the slippery co-stars because director Denis Villeneuve refused to add the snakes using computer graphics - and he reveals it was difficult rounding them all up.
He tells WENN, "Everything was done in a controlled way but ultimately there was risk in it and he (Villeneuve) wanted it to be real. The snakes were real and in every single shot they were all around. We had to go searching in the walls of the house after we finished shooting in that house to make sure the snakes hadn't crawled up inside there."
And he admits he was terrified in every scene with the slithering critters: "The snakes were no fun but what was really funny was watching Denis have no fear of them, which was so strange. He'd walk around with seven or 10 snakes and I'd be like, 'How are you not afraid of these snakes?' while I was pretending I wasn't afraid of them. I'm definitely not gonna admit that next to Hugh Jackman! Then Denis would say, 'My son loves snakes. We have snakes everywhere'."
Prisoners has been in suspended development for several years, and has juggled actors and directors; reported names have included Leonardo DiCaprio and directors Antoine Fuqua and Denis Villeneuve. New word is that an offer has been made for the role of the lead—a father who kidnaps and tortures the man he believes responsible for the abduction of his young daughter—to Michael Fassbender.
Fassbender has sprung to the foreground of the movies world with impressive force. His supporting roles in 300, Inglourious Basterds and Jane Eyre, and his costarring role in X-Men: First Class, have demonstrated the actor's versatility. If he can handle an Ancient Greek warrior, an undercover WWII soldier who stays sophisticated even in the face of imminent death, and a mutant-gone-bad, I think vigilante father is well within his range.
There is much we have yet to learn about the man who is power-jogging into the spotlight at gazellian speed, but "Under the Radar" seems to have a pretty good lock on this champion.
There is no word on any additional casting for the film.
The sci-fi icon will pick up the trophy from the Governor General's Performing Arts Award Foundation on Saturday (14May11).
The prize is handed out by Canada's Governor General to natives who have excelled in the performing arts.
Shatner, who was born in Montreal, writes on Twitter.com, "I am honoured to be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Governor General's Performing Arts Award Foundation on Sat (sic)."
Other honorees at the ceremony will include filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and composer Howard Shore.