Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Jackman worries about wealth

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman thinks he has too much money and wonders how it will impact his children.

The Australian actor has made a name for himself in hit movies such as Wolverine, Australia and most recently Prisoners.

Despite being financially secure Hugh admits he doesn't think money is an important aspect in life. He also worries about how his lifestyle will rub off on his two adopted children Oscar Maximillian and Ava Eliot, who he raises with wife Deborra-Lee Furness.

"I'm a little embarrassed by it, and a little uncomfortable with it," he admitted to British newspaper The Times. "But I struggle with it, and with what effect it will have on my kids, growing up in this situation. What is necessary? When does it become gluttony? And is there a point when you say: 'That's enough! Give the rest away!’"

When asked whether he thinks he has reached that time in his life he quipped: "Oh, I've got more than I need, for sure. There's no doubt."

Hugh has won dozens of awards in the past, including a best actor Golden Globe for his role in Les Misérables earlier this year.

Even though he has been in the industry since he was 22 the 44-year-old star confessed he didn't feel like a "proper" actor until he had a private luncheon hosted by the Academy Awards in February. He joined the likes of fellow Oscar-nominees Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Alan Arkin and Joaquin Phoenix.

"It was a little awkward at first. But within 15 minutes, after a couple of beers and a few wines, everyone just relaxed, and it became something that I will never forget," he recalled, smiling. "[Joaquin] kept going: 'Why am I here, man?' [Alan made a speech] which was a bold choice, in that company! I have a picture on my desk that [Robert] took of us all. I'm not one for holding on to photos and posters, but I kept that one."

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