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Academy of Performing Arts in Perth.

"I said, 'Dad, I don't know whether to take this job or go to acting

school.' He said, 'You've got to make that choice for yourself man

and live with it.' Two days later I made the choice to go to acting

school. Dad goes, 'That is absolutely the right decision, always go for

education.' I said, 'Why didn't you just give me a sliver of that? I have

had the most horrible weekend!' Dad goes, 'Because you had to make

that choice.' That is a great parent. I don't know if I would have that

foresight. Probably if my kids came to me at 21, I would say, 'Go to

drama school' just in case they made the wrong choice!"

FEEL THE FEAR

Pan is a fresh twist on the JM Barrie classic that imagines Peter as a

wartime orphan spirited away to Neverland. Jackman is e¦usive on

the "beautiful and emotional" aspects of the �lm, but believes it's

important there's also an element of fear.

"If you look at Grimm's Fairy Tales, they're brutal. But they exist

because fear exists within every kid. It's the monster under the bed,

or it's the Boogie Man. In Peter Pan, with pirates and walking the plank

and terrifying birds and Neverland, with the forest and the dark, there

are so many fears that kids relate to and overcome."

It may come as a surprise to discover how closely Wolverine star

Jackman, 6ft 2in and weighing in at nearly 14 stone, identi�es with

the theme of pushing through anxiety, but he describes his younger

self as "a very fearful kid" who forced himself to try new things. "I was

afraid of the dark, I was afraid of

being in my home alone. I was

scared of roller coasters, but there

was no way I was missing out on

going to [theme park] Luna Park in

Sydney with my mates.

"They would go rock climbing

or jumping o¦ a 60-foot cli¦ into Warriewood Blowhole [a sea cli¦

in Sydney]. I spent a month going to my school diving board every

lunchtime to get through my fear of heights. Most of us are touched

by fear in some way and if you don't tackle it then it can become

really crippling."

Would he encourage his own children to jump o¦ that cli¦? "100

per cent I would let them do it for sure. I am not overprotective at all,

because I actually think if you are it can create a worse e¦ect."

Jackman believes in parenting by example ("My son is not sporty

but I deliberately show him that I work out in the morning. I just think

subliminally [he'll get] the idea that doing something physical every

day is a really good thing") and he stresses family always come �rst.

He and Furness married in 1996 and adopted their two children as

babies. "I love acting. I have a career, but I live for Deb and

my kids. I really do have a happy marriage and I don't mind

telling you that," he says. And their secret? "I am a people

pleaser by nature. And whilst I want to please no-one

more than my wife, I am free of that with her. I could be

completely myself from the moment I met her.

"She was also the funniest, sexiest, most amazing woman

I had ever met. We still tell each other everything: complete trust and

honesty is the absolute basis of everything."

Currently at the top of his game, there are few ambitions remaining

for this family man. "When I was 29 and at the National Theatre in

London doing Oklahoma with Sir Trevor Nunn, that was a dream I'd

had. Pretty much everything from then has been a bonus."

Pan is in cinemas from 16 October

COFFEE CONNOISSEUR

"Co�ee snob" is how Hugh Jackman has described his

attitude to the black stu� and he jokes it's one of the

reasons he and his wife opened cafés in Manhattan -

"So I could get a really good �at white in the city!"

But the two Laughing Man co�ee houses are

actually part of a venture launched by Jackman after

a 2009 trip to Ethiopia for the documentary Dukale's

Dream by World Vision, a charity tackling poverty.

Jackman saw the hardship of co�ee farmers like

27-year-old father of �ve Dukale, for whom co�ee

provides a vital lifeline. Jackman serves Dukale's co�ee

in his cafés and Dukale's Dream beans are also available

to buy. "Dukale is one of the happiest people I have

ever met," he says. "He works a 10-12 hour day, seven

days a week. Co�ee is a luxury item for them. Every

time I have a cup, I remember that."

Visit laughingmanfoundation.org for more information

"I love acting. I have

a career, but I live for

Deb and my kids"

PAN °C± 2014 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.

Jackman as pirate Blackbeard

in Pan, out in October

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