Hugh Jackman takes a dark turn in his latest film, "Prisoners."
In the movie, which hits theaters on Sept. 20, Jackman plays Keller Dover, a man whose daughter gets abducted. While the police hunt down multiple suspects, Dover attempts to take justice into his own hands in order to try to find his daughter before it is too late.
The film also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Melissa Leo, Terrance Howard and Paul Dano.
Jackman talked to George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OTRC.com's parent company, earlier this month at the Toronto Film Festival about playing an angry character, Dano's acting and how he looks at the film's plot as a father.
"I defy anybody within half an hour, within an hour, to know how it's going to finish up," Jackman said of the thriller film."Look, on one side it's a classic, genre thriller, edge-of-your-seat sort of suspenseful drama, but it's also so much more than that. Beyond that, it makes you think about it for a long time after it."
The chance to play an angry role
"Ironically, the first film that I did, which maybe 11 people saw in Australia, might've been similar, but certainly it's not often I get offered a part like this," Jackman said of his role in the film. "I'm really grateful to Kira [Davis] the producer, Alcon [Entertainment, the production company behind the film] and Denis [Villeneuve, the director] for seeing in me that I could do it and I love, I love a challenge like this."
"It is heightened melodrama in a way. It's the most heightened human sort of experience probably you can have next to death," he added. "So, it's the challenge of making it real and visceral and taking an audience on that journey is exciting to me."
Praising Paul Dano
Jackman had a lot of praise for his co-star Paul Dano, who plays Alex Jones, a suspect in the kidnapping of Dover's (Jackman's character) daughter.
"The moment that guy walked on set, Paul Dano was gone," Jackman said. "He's very humble, calm, quiet, but very smart guy and instinctively brilliant actor."
"I can tell you that scene where I'm really letting loose on him, that was not planned, [not] any of that was planned," Jackman added. "And what amazes me more than anything when I watch that back is the fact that he does not flinch. He just stays so enigmatic and mercurial and, you know, he really brings a lot to that part."
When asked if the film did anything to his psyche while he was shooting it, Jackman said, "It certainly made me hug my kids a little tighter and watch them a little closer and probably I'm more in line with his line of 'Pray for the best, prepare for the worst.'"
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).