Hugh Jackman Came a Long Way from a Party Clown to Marvel's Oldest Superhero

Hugh Jackman Came a Long Way from a Party Clown to Marvel's Oldest Superhero
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The one and only Wolverine star used to have quite an unusual job before becoming Marvel’s longest-standing superhero and amassing his $100M fortune.

Pretty much all the actors who are now insanely popular had very humble beginnings back in the day, and it’s only logical. Still, it’s always a bit weird to learn about the pre-fame struggles of someone you’re used to seeing on the red carpet, with gold statuettes in their hands, and smiling for the photos near their mansion.

Hugh Jackman, for one, definitely had an interesting backstory.

Today, we cherish Jackman as the longest-standing Marvel actor ever: after bagging the role of Wolverine in 2000’s X-Men, Jackman has kept reprising it. He has starred in numerous Marvel movies and TV series and shows no signs of stopping now, 23 years later — the actor confirmed he’d be part of the final Deadpool movie (after Ryan Reynolds spent months persuading him, of course).

Today, Hugh Jackman is a Marvel legend and one of the most famous Australian actors ever. But guess who he used to be before becoming an on-screen superhero!

Hugh Jackman worked as a party clown! That’s one unexpected gig for Wolverine.

“I am really bad at magic… I, in fact, used to be a clown at kid’s parties. I was Coco the Clown, and I had no magic tricks. And I remember a 6-year-old standing up at a party saying, ‘Mommy, this clown is terrible, he doesn’t know any tricks’ — and he was right,” the actor shared with In the News.

However, Jackman compensated for his lack of wizarding tricks with his amazing juggling skills! However, as he revealed on The Howard Stern Show, it wasn’t enough for the older kids. Some cruel 8-year-olds made him quit this career altogether, and the actor never came back.

“The last gig I ever did, an 8-year-old’s party. Now, that’s tough. <...> It ended up with the kids having the eggs, throwing them at me. And that was working! They loved it. And piling and beating the sh*t out of me. Jumping on top of me. It was pathetic, but they were happy. I was looking at my watch, like ‘10 minutes to go.’ And that was it. Never went back again,” the actor told Howard Stern.

After that unfortunate gig, Coco the Clown was no more — but in a few years’ time, Hugh Jackman the Hollywood actor arose. This was quite an upgrade, wasn’t it?

Who’d you invite to your party?

Sources: In the News via USA Today, The Howard Stern Show