Hugh Jackman Cherishes His Texts From One Iconic Co-Star

Hugh Jackman adores his texts from superstar co-star Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins and Jackman act alongside each other in the upcoming drama film The Son. The Son is directed by Florian Zeller, and based off of a play also written by Zeller. The Son tells the story of couple Peter and Beth whose life order is sent into disarray when Peter’s ex-wife Kate shows up on their doorstep one day with Peter and Kate’s teenage son, Nicholas. In addition to Jackman (who plays Peter) and Hopkins (who plays Peter’s father), The Son stars Vanessa Kirby as Beth, Laura Dern as Kate, and young actor Zen McGrath as Nicholas.

The Son sees the return of Zeller and Hopkins as a director-actor pair. The two previously worked together on Zeller’s feature film debut The Father, which earned Zeller an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and Hopkins an Oscar for Best Actor. Hopkins himself has been acting for over 60 years. Now 85 years old, Hopkins began his acting career at the age of 23, appearing in a couple of episodes of a TV series called A Matter of Degree. He has gone on to be nominated for six Oscars, winning his first for his iconic role in The Silence of the Lambs. Hopkins is one of the most revered figures in Hollywood, and Jackman enjoyed the chance to work with him.

Jackman now explains in a recent interview with Variety that he cherishes the text messages he received now from Hopkins. Hopkins, who Jackman refers to as “Tony” worked together for one day on the set of The Son. Jackman describes this day as one that he “will never forget.” On set, Jackman and Hopkins exchanged phone numbers, and apparently still text to this day. Check out the full quote from Jackman below:

“The day I got to work with Anthony Hopkins, I will never ever forget. And we’re still texting each other, which just still gives me a huge smile. Every time I get a text and it says ‘Tony,’ I’m like, ‘Hello, Tony!’”

Jackman’s interaction with Hopkins in The Son is an endearing tribute to the elder actor’s star power. Jackman himself, though humble about it in this interview, is also an iconic force within Hollywood. Jackman has performed both on the stage and on screen, know for icon musicals like Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman, more conventional dramatic fare such as in Prisoners, and of course playing Wolverine / Logan in the X-Men films. With both Jackman and Hopkins at the heart of The Son, the film is sure to be star powered. And if the two actors’ off-screen chemistry is any indication, the parent-child relationship between them could be almost as stunning as that of The Father.

With The Son, director Zeller will get the opportunity to open up the world of his play to a broader spectrum of characters. Whereas The Father was largely insular and focused on the relationship between Hopkin’s character and his daughter, played by Olivia Colman, The Son has four main players and several supporting roles. This of course leaves space for roles like Jackman’s to take more center stage, whereas Hopkins’ father role will likely be more in the background.

Source: Variety