Not quite Hugh Jackman

In 2005, I was totally disillusioned with films…

Good was all set to go in Germany, Lone Scherfig directing, Hugh Jackman starring, one week away from principal photography… when it collapsed.

Had to start over again, and all 3 things changed, so 2 years later it was: Hungary (lots of rewrites to remove obviously Berlin things like the Olympia Stadion), Vicente Amorim directing (son of the Brazilian foreign minister, totally silver spoon, thought he was one stop from Hollywood but promptly went back to SP, as he called it), Viggo Mortensen starring – the only silver lining…

Though I would still love to have seen Jackman do it. 2005 was when he still thought he’d have a proper acting career, not just Logan Logan Logan and those silly sideburns. I never met him but got a tantalising glimpse of him in Polaroid wearing Halder’s costume!

I have fond memories, in course of finding out who he was in 2005, of Kate & Leopold, daft but winning tale of time travelling romance.

He was set to be the next Rock Hudson. Instead, Chuck Norris!


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I had a stroke on July 26th, 2013. I was a screenwriter. Don’t do that anymore. But have found another way to write.

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