Hugh Jackman

  • Aired:  09/18/13
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"Prisoners" star Hugh Jackman talks finding his inner darkness and the reasons behind Australia's successful gun control measures. (6:51)

>>[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

>> WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT, A FINE ACTOR.

HIS NEW FILM IS CALLED"PRISONERS."

>> YOU PROMISED ME YOU'D KEEPHIM IN CUSTODY, RIGHT, AND YOU

DIDN'T.

RIGHT NOW WHEN I GRABBED HIM INTHE PARKING LOT, HE SAID RIGHT

TO MY FACE, "THEY DIDN'T CRYUNTIL I LEFT THEM."

RIGHT TO MY [bleep] FACE.

>> HE SAID THAT>> WHAT DID I JUST SAY?

IN THE PARKING LOT, BEFORE YOUGRABBED ME OFF HIM.

>> DID ANYONE ELSE HEAR BESIDESYOU?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

IT WAS QUIET.

HE SAID IT TO ME.

HE WANTED ME TO KNOW.

>> ARE YOU SURE HE SAID THAT?

>> WHAT?

>> ARE YOU SURE THAT'S WHAT HESAID?

>> JESUS, YOU THINK I'M MAKINGTHIS UP?

>> NO.

>> WHY WOULD I MAKE THAT UP?

>> HEY, HEY, HEY.

>> NO, THINK ABOUT IT, WHY WOULDI MAKE THIS UP?

>> Jon: THEY'RE GOING TOFIGHT.

WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM HUGHJACKMAN.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]THANK YOU.

HOW ARE YOU?

>> HEY, JON.

>> Jon: THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THAT WAS SOMETHING.

FAIR ENOUGH.

I KNEW THERE WAS SOMETHINGDIFFERENT ABOUT YOU.

>> I HAVE A FEW RINGERS HERE.

>> Jon: NOT AT ALL, NOT ATALL.

YOU'RE A NICE, NICE, NICE, NICEMAN.

NO, YOU ARE.

YOU'RE A BEAUTIFUL MAN.

THIS MOVIE, WHAT GOT INTO YOU?

THERE WERE SCENES IN THISMOVIE...

>> YEAH.

>> Jon: DO YOU FIND, IN AMOVIE LIKE THIS, ARE YOU ABLE TO

EXPRESS SOMETHING INSIDE YOUTHAT YOU'RE NEVER REALLY ABLE TO

EXPRESS?

>> YES.

>> Jon: HOW DO YOU FIND THATDARKNESS?

>> SOMETIMES IT FRIGHTENS ME INTHAT I LITERALLY LIKE... THAT

FELT REALLY GOOD.

>> Jon: YES!

>> I SEE PEOPLE JUST LAYING ONTHE FLOOR WITH BLOOD COMING.

ANYWAY, IT IS A LITTLESURPRISING.

WHEN I SAW THE FILM WITH MY WIFEDEB, SHE WAS HOLDING MY HAND,

AND IT'S VERY TENSE, IT'S AGRIPPING THRILLER.

SHE WAS HOLDING MY HAND, THEREWERE NAIL MARKS IN MY HAND.

ABOUT HALF-WAY THROUGH SHE TOOKHER HAND AWAY FROM MINE.

IT WAS VERY MUCH, WHO AM IMARRIED TO?

>> Jon: WHAT?

OKAY.

>> I'VE BEEN ON THE COUCHEVER SINCE.

>> Jon: THIS IS A THRILLER.

IT'S A SUSPENSEFUL MOVIE.

IT'S A THRILLER.

BUT IT'S ONE OF THOSE THRILLERSWHERE THEY SAY, OH, THEY WORKED

ON THE CHARACTERS.

THE DIALOGUE IS VERY GOOD.

IT'S NOT LIKE IN YOUR MINDTHE... I GUESS THE TEMPLATE FOR

IT IS LIKE "TAKEN."

SOMEBODY GETS KIDNAPPED AND YOUGO IN WITH AN UZI AND TAKE OUT

HALF OF GERMANY.

THIS IS REALLY INTENSELYPSYCHOLOGICAL.

>> I THINK IT PLAYS TO THE IDEAOF "DEATH WISH" OR "TAKEN" WHERE

IN THE BEGINNING EVEN WITH MYCHARACTER, YOU'RE GOING ALONG AS

AN AUDIENCE, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH,THEN IT STARTS TO MAKE YOU FEEL

UNCOMFORTABLE AND IT MAKES YOUTHINK, AND LONG AFTER THE

CREDITS ROLE IT QUESTIONS YOUABOUT WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN THAT

SITUATION.

MORE IMPORTANTLY I THINK, ISSUESOF VIOLENCE AND HOW WE HANDLE

THAT AS A COMMUNITY, AS ACOUNTRY.

>> Jon: AND I THINK THE ANSWEROF COURSE IS VERY WELL.

WE HANDLE IT ALL UNBELIEVABLYWELL

>> AS YOU'VE SHOWN IN TONIGHT'SSHOW.

>> Jon: VERY WELL.

DIDN'T AUSTRALIA... AUSTRALIAPASSED SWEEPING GUN REGULATIONS

16 YEARS AGO AND IT HAD ATREMENDOUS IMPACT ON THE

COUNTRY.

>> IT WAS INTERESTING.

OUR CONSERVATIVE LEADER AT THETIME.

WE HAD MASS SHOOTING AND IT WASA BIG WAKE-UP CALL.

IN AUSTRALIA, I HATE TO SAY,BUT YOU'RE USED TO HEARING

IT OUT OF THE UNITED STATES.

LIKE YOU HEAR THESE THINGS, BUTIT NEVER HAPPENED THERE.

IMMEDIATELY THERE WAS THISGOVERNMENT BUYBACK I BELIEVE AND

EVERYONE JUST HANDED IN THEIRGUNS AND THEY DESTROYED THEM.

THE CONSERVATIVE LEADER AT THETIME SAID THIS HAS GOT TO STOP,

AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY JUST WENTFOR IT.

>> IT WAS HOWARD, WASN'T IT?

>> HOWARD.

HE'S GONE NOW.

>> Jon: GONE NOW.

NOT GONE NOW.

HE'S ALIVE.

>> YES, HE IS ALIVE.

POLITICALLY GONE.

>> Jon: ISN'T IT TERRIBLE?

LIKE IN AMERICA, HE'S STILLTHERE, RIGHT?

I HAVE NO [BLEEPED] IDEA.

BUT YOU'RE RIGHT, THAT'S THEAMERICAN WAY.

WE ONLY FOLLOW WHAT'S HAPPENINGIN OUR COUNTRY.

I THINK OTHER COUNTRIES VIEWTHIS AS A KIND OF MADNESS.

I THINK THEY VIEW IT WHY CAN'TTHEY...

>> IT IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND.

LOOK, THERE IS A CONSTITUTION, IGET IT, IT'S HARD TO

UNDERSTAND, BUT LOOK OTHERCOUNTRIES, I THINK WHEN I WENT

TO SOUTH AFRICA, AND I THINK HOWAMAZING IT IS THAT THAT COUNTRY

VOLUNTARILY DISARMED THEMSELVESOF NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

LIKE YOU SPEND MANY, MANY YEARSGETTING ONE, AND YOU'RE IN THE

CLUB.

AND THAT JUST WENT, YOU KNOWWHAT, THIS IS NOT GOOD FOR THE

WORLD.

WE'RE GOING TO GET RID OF IT.

>> MAYBE THEY KNEW THEMSELVES.

THEY'RE LIKE, YOU DON'T WANT USWITH ONE OF THESE.

I GOT MY EYE ON NEW ZEALANDRIGHT NOW.

COME HERE, BUDDY.

THAT'S WHY I LIKE CANADA.

BECAUSE THEY... [SCATTEREDAPPLAUSE]

EXCEPT FOR THAT GUY.

>> HE LIKES YOU.

IT'S OKAY.

>> Jon: BUT THERE IS MATURITYTO THAT COUNTRY THAT I FEEL LIKE

CAN SET A GREAT EXAMPLE.

I'M NOT TRYING TO...

>> LISTEN, AS AN OUTSIDER, I'MGOING TO SAY THAT I HAVE BEEN

AND MANY OUTSIDERS HAVE BEEN THERECIPIENT OF UNBELIEVABLE

GENEROSITY IN THIS COUNTRY.

THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD THINGSABOUT THIS COUNTRY.

ARE YOU COMFORTABLE TAKING ACOMPLIMENT?

>> Jon: ABSOLUTELY.

IT'S NOT ME.

>> DON'T FORGET, IT'SA COUNTRY OF

300 MILLION ODD PEOPLE.

AUSTRALIA AT THE TIME IS17 MILLION

PEOPLE. SOMETHING SHOCKINGHAPPENS, AND THE LEADER SAYS

YEAH LET'S GET RID OF OUR GUNS.

LET'S DO IT. IT'S NOT LIKE...

>> Jon: IT'S A MORE MANAGEABLEPOPULATION.

>> I'M A BIG FAN OF SOCRATESAND HE WAS A BIG GADFLY TO

ATHENS AT THE TIME.

BUT EVEN HE SAID THE THINGWITH... YOU NEED A GAD FLY

BECAUSE IT'S MASSIVE.

ATHENS, AMERICA, THEY'RE MASSIVEAND BIG. THEY'RE LIKE BIG OXES

THEY DON'T TURN QUICKLY.

NOTHING TURNS QUICKLY.

YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT.

IN A WAY, THAT MAY NOT BE BADTHING.

SOMETHING HAS A BIT OFSTABILITY.

>> Jon: LET ME ASK YOU THIS,HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO TURN AN

OX?

BECAUSE IF WE DON'T TURN THIS OXAT SOME POINT, AND IT'S NOT

EVEN...

>> JUST SHOOT AT IT.

>> Jon: THAT'S HOW YOU SOLVEIT.

IT WAS RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OFME.

SON OF A BITCH!

YOU GOT TO GO SEE THIS MOVIE.

THE PERFORMANCES ALONE, IT'S AGREAT STORY, AND THE WAY IT'S

DONE, IT CAN BE A TOUGH WATCH ATTIMES, BUT THE PERFORMANCES

IN IT, YOUR WORK.

>> THANK YOU AND CONGRATS TO YOUON FINISHING YOUR MOVIE.

>> IT'S DONE.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]>> AND LOOK, I KNOW WHEN I

AUDITIONED YOU SAID I WASN'TQUITE RIGHT, BUT I'M JUST

SAYING...

>> WHEN PEOPLE SEE IT ANIMATEDAND IN 3-D, THEY'RE REALLY

GOING TO LOVE IT.

PRISONERS IS IN THE THEATER ONFRIDAY.

HUGH JACKMAN.

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