The Wolverine

Anytime He’s Shirtless in The Wolverine (2013)

The older Hugh Jackman got, the bigger he got as Wolverine. While Logan has the presence of a feisty animal in Bryan Singer’s X-Men, he’s an absolute beast in The Wolverine. At the age of 43, Jackman achieved one of the most impressive physiques in movie history. That’s no small feat. It takes remarkable discipline to do that. The way he’d transform his body as this character is a sign of absolute dedication. Logan may not be able to fly or shoot lasers from his eyes, but based on Jackman’s biceps, he has the strength of an army. With his time as Wolverine coming to an end, he’ll hopefully allow himself to have a few carbs now. (Jack Giroux)

The Interrogation Scene in Prisoners (2013)

The fact that Hugh Jackman is a physically imposing man makes him a fine fit for superheroes, but Prisoners is the rare film to transform that physicality into a terrifying threat. While not quite a horror movie, Denis Villeneuve’s pitch-black thriller about a vengeful father searching for his missing children transforms Jackman into something out a nightmare. Burly and bearded and emotionally naked, he’s a good man who feels that the only option, the only way to achieve justice, is to become a monster. What happens when the gentle bear, the blue collar family man, decides to break out his claws? Is it possible to turn back? Jackman allows grief and remorse to lie just under the surface of his rage as he tortures his chief subject, making his horrible actions feel almost justified. Almost. (Jacob Hall)

Blackbeard’s Entrance in Pan (2015)

Over the course of this list, we’ve already written about Jackman’s commitment to his roles, his inability to tell a lie on screen. This also applies to moments that flat-out don’t work, moments that are so purely wrongheaded in their conception that you can’t help but wonder what anyone was thinking when they decided this was okay. In Pan, a Peter Pan movie so bizarre you almost have to forgive the fact that its skeleton is built entirely out of bad choices, Jackman plays the pirate Blackbeard, who rules over Neverland, a timeless fantasy land where…people sing Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” to greet their pirate lord? What? It’s the kind of thing you have to watch through closed fingers, but Jackman doesn’t seem to be remotely embarrassed. He sells this inexplicable moment with a goofy bravado borrowed from a much better movie.  (Jacob Hall)

The Best Worst Pep Talk Ever in Eddie the Eagle (2016)

Eddie the Eagle is a simple movie that relies on simple pleasures to get the job done, following the inspiring sports movie template to a T. However, the film knows the value of Taron Egerton as a wet-behind-the-ears olympian and it knows the value of an older, wearier Hugh Jackman as his trainer. That charm that made Jackman a movie star has turned to sweet vinegar in this film – he’s the exact kind of inspiring sports coach you’d want giving you a pep talk before the big game (or in this case, the big ski jump), mainly because his praise isn’t sugarcoated. If you impress him, you’ve really done something well.  (Jacob Hall)

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The Opening Scene in Logan (2017)

Hugh Jackman is present from beginning to end in Logan and it never feels like we’re watching Hugh Jackman, the actor. Jackman has managed to completely disappear as this character for the past 17 years. He has learned to live inside this role. And yet, Logan‘s opening makes it abundantly clear we’re about to see a new side of this fallen hero, a new type of comic book movie, and an emotionally resonate performance from Jackman, who’s never looked more torn up on the inside and outside. The first scene is a contained, brutal, and bloody action scene, but the real spectacle in this sequence is Jackman, whose performance is far more riveting than a dozen flattened cities.  (Jack Giroux)

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