They've been going non-stop. With New York screenings and lavish dinners, a quick jump across the pond for the London premiere, and back for the New York party at MoMA and appearances on many talk shows, Hugh Jackman was positive we'd all be sick of him by now. From his Jean Valjean role in Les Miserables, transformed from the bitter prisoner hunted by Javert to a spiritually liberated and rich factory owner, and his generous on-the-spot performances at various celebrations including a lunch hosted by Ron Meyer, Jackman is truly a songman you want to have around.
Even by Peggy Siegal's high standards, the entertainment value at The Four Seasons for Tuesday's lunch was through the roof. She had planned for Peter Cincotti, who performed a jazzy "Master of the House" on piano for celebrants seated around the restaurant's back room pool. But you could not keep Samantha Marks, Les Mis' Eponine, down. Before leaving for Dublin to perform in Oliver!, the girl from the Isle of Man sang the American classic, "Summertime." Jackman followed with "The Way You Look To[day]," serenading his wife Deborra-Lee Furness. Anne Hathaway led the cast in "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
Eddie Redmayne (Marius) gathered Daniel Huttlestone, the movie's Gavroche, for a photo shoot; not only is he a fellow revolutionary, but Redmayne is a fan of the 13-year-old, an actor since age eight. Isabelle Allen, young Cosette, who graces the movie poster was happy to be in New York for the first time for her film debut. Kim Cattrall announced that she would be starring in Sweet Bird of Youth in London. When asked whether she preferred stage to television and movies, she gamely said she liked it all, but theater was a discipline. You have to plan your day around it. "I feel like a nun going to chapel," said the most sexually adventurous of the Sex & the City stars.
The Les Mis party moved on to The Museum of the Moving Image tribute to Hugh Jackman where Liev Schreiber, Mike Nichols, Rachel Weisz, Christopher Nolan, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne lauded Jackman in between clips of his many films, among them Wolverine, Australia, Kate & Leopold, Swordfish, The Prestige as well as Les Miserables. Rachel Dratch assumed an Australian accent and introduced a clip of Jackman telling a bawdy tale of his father fighting a kangaroo, an Aussie Christmas tradition SNL style.
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