Hugh Jackman is a popular Hollywood star by anyone’s standards. He is probably best known for his super hero roles in the X-Men series and Wolverine. He also played Jean Valjean in the Hollywood remake of the classic Les Misérables.
In an interview with Parade, Jackman came out about his faith stating bluntly:
“I am a Christian.”
Though I admit Christian can be loosely interpreted, in the interview Jackman spoke about his involvement with Evangelical Christianity when he was younger. He was raised by his Christian father after his mother abandoned the family when Hugh was eight.
“I used to go to different evangelists’ [revival] tents all the time. When I was about 13, I had a weird premonition that I was going to be onstage, like the preachers I saw.”
I found it interesting that he referred to a premonition about being on stage. In an earlier post, I wrote about a prophetic word given Hollywood star Chris Pratt by a Christian evangelist who shared his faith with Pratt because God said he was “destined for great things.” Four weeks later, a Hollywood producer discovered Pratt as he was serving tables at a restaurant in Hawaii.
With those Christian roots, Jackman is scheduled to play the Apostle Paul in an upcoming movie being developed about Christianity’s great missionary.
In the interview, Jackman also refers to a comment made by Eric Liddell in the movie Chariots of Fire.
“This is going to sound weird to you, in Chariots of Fire the runner Eric Liddell says, ‘When I run, I feel His pleasure.” And I feel that pleasure when I act and it’s going well, particularly onstage.”
The movie Chariots of Fire (nominated in 1981 for seven Academy awards) is the true story about Eric Liddell, a deeply committed Scottish Christian. He believed God called him to run and many favored him to win the 100 meter dash in the 1924 Olympics. However, Liddell refused to race in the preliminary heats being held on a Sunday, disqualifying him from the final event. He did win gold in the 400 meter.
Liddell went on to become a missionary in China and died in 1945 while imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp during World War II.
In the interview, Jackman added that he dedicates every performance to God and believes God has called him to act.
In the past, Jackman has admitted to being out of sync with Evangelical Christianity. He has been wishy washy about his religious beliefs even suggesting there is more than one set of scriptures.
Nevertheless, with the growing anti-Christian sentiment in the world today, I tend not to downplay anyone who says publicly they are a Christian and Charisma News wondered with these recent statements if God is moving on Jackman.
Perhaps equally amazing is that he is still with his wife, who he met 20 years earlier on the set of Correlli, an Australian series. It was his major first role and Jackman developed a crush on the lead actress — Deborra-Lee Furness.
He decided the best way to deal with these embarrassing feelings was to ignore her. After about a week of silence, Deb asked her co-star if she had done anything to offend him.
“’Look, I’ve got a crush on you. I’m sorry.’ And she said, ‘Oh, I’ve got a crush on you too.’ And that was 20 years ago [laughs].”
- Did Actor Hugh Jackman just have a Saul of Tarsus Moment? Charisma News
- The Hugh you never knew: From Lost Boy to Blackbeard: Parade Magazine