Two of a kin
Rising star Taron Egerton says Hugh Jackman's success is not just due to his gifts as an actor but also due to his character.
Humble, full of praise for his co-workers and self-deprecating.
Rising Welsh actor Taron Egerton seems to have taken a page out of famously likeable Hugh Jackman's playbook.
Egerton, 26, and Australian movie star Jackman, 47, were speaking to the media yesterday at the press conference for their new movie, Eddie The Eagle, at the Four Seasons hotel in Seoul, South Korea.
EAGLE-EYED: Egerton (left) as Eddie Edwards and Hugh Jackman as Bronson Peary in Eddie The Eagle. PHOTO: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
The sports biopic, which opens in Singapore on March 31, revolves around tenacious underdog Eddie Edwards (Egerton) who, despite his lack of ability, competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, representing the UK in ski jumping with the help of his rebellious and charismatic coach (Jackman).
Sitting opposite his co-star at the event, Egerton said that Jackman's success was not just due to his gifts as an actor but also due to his character.
"As much as he jokes about it, you cannot fake how lovely Hugh is as a person," gushed Egerton, who last appeared on the big screen in 2014 in Kingsman: The Secret Service opposite Colin Firth.
For the up-and-comer, the toughest part about filming Eddie The Eagle was not imitating Edwards' pronounced underbite but having to put on a fake moustache.
"Wearing it was seriously uncomfortable... but if that was the worse thing about a job, it was probably a good job," he admitted.
Given the rapport the two actors share, it was no surprise that they said they would work together again.
"(Taron) has an amazing, amazing voice," effused Jackman. "I would love to do a musical (in the future) with him on film or on stage."