Hugh Jackman Goes From Wolverine To ‘Avon Man’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

Those who were satisfied with their dose of Wolverine this summer will have to readjust their views on Hugh Jackman for his next role. Jackman is set to swap his sharp claws for beauty products as he is going to be starring in the comedy, Avon Man.

Variety is reporting that through a high-six figure deal, 20th Century Fox has acquired Avon Man. The Kevin Bisch (Hitch) penned comedy is being set up as a star vehicle for Jackman. The man himself, with his Seed Productions co-partner, John Palermo, is set to produce the film along with Gary Foster at Krasnoff Foster Entertainment. No director has been brought on-board as of yet.

Avon Man follows a laid off car salesman who reluctantly is recruited as a salesman for Avon (yes, the cosmetic company), and uses his charm and good looks to become a top seller. Described as having a “Full Monty vibe,” the film follows the salesman as he endeavors to help his family and small town by entering himself, and former co-workers, into a regional sales contest.

If anyone can charm their way to making that premise a “must see,” it’s Hugh Jackman.

Although this may seem like a bit of a departure from Jackman’s recurring action role as Wolverine, this is far from the first time he’s taken on a role like this. He starred in the romance epic Australia last year; as a magician/showman in The Prestige; and worked opposite Scarlett Johansson in the Woody Allen romantic comedy, Scoop. And, of course, Jackman has strong stage resume, starring in such musicals as Oklahoma! and The Boy from Oz (not to mention hosting the Oscars last year). Is he trying to prove he’s not just an action guy? Taking this Avon Man role right now certainly does suggest something along those lines.

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Hugh Jackman hosting the Oscars

What do you think of Hugh Jackman going straight from playing Wolverine to starring in Avon Man? Do you like that he’s diversifying his acting choices?

Avon Man is currently in the development stages and doesn’t have a release date as of yet.

Source: Variety

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  1. I wouldn’t say he’s trying to make himself a non-action guy, but he is getting older and can’t be the strong action star forever so he’s showing his diversity while he can so that he’s still get roles when his Wolverine days are over. I think he is a terrific actor and wish more people thought of him as something other than just Wolverine. I thought he was just a Wolverine guy but after seeing The Prestige(one of my favorite movies) I know he’s got some serious acting skills and like to see him do other movies from now on.

  2. With his “hard-yakka” work ethic, Hugh has proven time after time that he’s a multi-talented artist, and is more than capable to bring any role alive. Why limit himself to Wolverine when he has so much to offer? I am all for Avon Man and I am sure he will do a marvellous job with that; can’t wait! Onya mate!

  3. Don’t forget he also starred with Ashley Judd with… um… well, that one. And Meg Ryan with, uh… the other… one. Come to think of it, he does have the acting charm to pull of a comedy (I actually did like SOMEONE LIKE YOU), but they were pretty much ignored at the box office, right? Especially KATE & LEOPOLD. Can’t say it’s his fault, of course.

  4. Juan Carlo I was so gonna mention Kate & Leopold lol.

    The Prestiege is one of my fave movies ever so I’m a fan of Hugh.

  5. Same her, PRESITIGE is all colors of cool. I’m just saying that his rom coms haven’t done so well, even though I sorta enjoyed them (guilty pleasure plus man crush on the dude, I guess). Yes, I just said that out loud.

  6. He earned a Golden Globe nom for Leading Man in Comedy for Kate & Leopold. He’s sure a terrific actor and I like the fact he does so many different things (comedy, romance, action, musical, etc). So, I’m in for Avon Man. He will rock cause he is true talent. There are not many actors like him out there…

  7. I like the idea of Avon Man it sounds like it will be enjoyable and I like Hugh. I don’t have a man crush on the guy, but he is very cool. I save my Man Crush for Jensen Ackles lol.

  8. Jackman lost me when he performed a lap dance
    on Barbara Walters, not once but twice,
    on Broadway and then television.

  9. I like Hugh, but this movie sounds terrible. I won’t be seeing it.

    C’mon Hugh, bring on Van Helsing 2!! :D

  10. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out to be another “Scoop”. Fingers crossed.

  11. I think that Hugh Jackman making this movie is really going to boost my Avon sales. Woo hoo!! I’m pretty sure that Avon’s going to love all this publicity.

    He was wonderful in The Fountain. I actually think that he’s a very versatile actor. He easily goes from Wolverine to musicals. Changes his looks for each role. I think he’ll do well with this one.

    I don’t agree about him needing to diversify because of his age. He’s always taken different roles. Plus, at age 40 I hardly think he’s remotely close to his action hero expiration date.

  12. Prtfvr I agree I mean plenty of actors still do action after 40 and when he looks as ripped as he does all the time who cares how old he is he still looks like he can kick ass. I hated The Fountain, but is performance was good.

  13. @Daniel

    I didn’t like The Fountain either but I am sometimes able to recognize good acting when I see it. That movie was just too depressing for me. Plus I didn’t realize I’d have to use my brain so much before I watched it. ;)

    but I love me some superheroes and Wolverine is my favorite. I’d much rather see action than romance but I’ll make an exception for him. Maybe he’ll kick someone’s butt in the movie. It could happen. ;)

  14. I didn’t think there was any point in using your brain with The Fountain even if you used it the movie would still make no sense lol.

  15. Hugh IS A GREAT ACTOR AND HIS TALENTS ARE LIMITLESS I LOVE ALL HIS MOVIES AND HE IS A WONDERFUL GUY… I M ALL IN FOR AVON MAN… GO HUGH!!!!!!!!!!

  16. hugh jackman iam ur huge fan from india ….. you are tooooooooo good in ur work and plz iam begging you do more and more movie so i will see u … an plz try to visit india especially north india..

  17. hugh jackman iam ur huge fan from india ….. you are tooooooooo good in ur work and plz iam begging you do more and more movie so i will see u … an plz try to visit india especially north india..

  18. please please hugh jackman please visit in India
    I’ve read ur history and that’s shows u r doing so hardwork in each work that’s y u r sexiest man in this world