Hugh Jackman attended the Eddie the Eagle premiere in Australia, where he posed for selfies with fans on the red carpet.

Hugh Jackman At ‘Eddie The Eagle’ Premiere

Jackman was happy to stop to chat and take pictures with fans at the Eddie the Eagle screening at Melbourne’s Village Cinemas Crown Thursday. Jackman was accompanied on the red carpet by his wife of 20 years, Deborra-Lee Furness.

In Eddie the Eagle, Jackman plays a fictional coach to the real life British ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, who is played by Taron Egerton in the film. Jackman’s Bronson Peary, a heavy-drinking former ski-jumper, decides to help the woefully inexperienced but admirably enthusiastic Eddie. Though Jackman plays a confident ex-athlete in the movie, in real life, Jackman has felt more like underdog Eddie.

“I’ve always felt like an underdog,” Jackman told the Gloucestershire Echo. “Ultimately for me, the antidote has been trying to get my head out of it and focusing on what I’m trying to say, what story we’re trying to tell and to pay attention to the people you’re with.

“In acting, it’s all about focusing on the person you’re with, rather than worrying about what you’re doing, and enjoying it,” he added. “At the end of the day, fear can be good – fear can mean you care and that it really matters to you.”

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