Hugh Jackman is a `Bunny’

November 24, 2012

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Hugh hops into a new role

THE December 13 release of Hugh Jackman's latest movie, Rise of the Guardian, is the culmination of three years work for our much-loved Aussie star, soon to be known as Bunnymund or `Bunny' (the Easter Bunny) for short.

In an interview with Channel 9's Richard Wilkins, Hugh said he first began work on the animated production three years ago and was then called back from time to time as rewrites necessitated updated dialogue. "It was a lot of fun to play the harrassable Australian Easter Bunny," he chuckled.

Publicity for the production describes Bunny as a cool, calm Australian as dry as the outback. A natural ranger, he is an in the dirt, rough and tumble protector of nature which is sure to be a big drawcard for environmentalists. He follows nature's rhythms and when it's time for action he waits for the perfect moment to act. And, when he finally does, it's all over in a heartbeat with the help of his enchanted boomerangs (remember he's an Aussie) and exploding Easter Eggs. Bunny is completely unflappable.

Funnily enough, the only thing that does get under his skin is fellow character North's constant ribbing about how Christmas is more important than Easter. He is joined on screen by Jack Frost - a supernatural being much like the guardians but he's a loner, the classic rebel without a cause; and fellow guardians North - You probably know North as Santa Claus who portrays a warrior with a heart of gold and fierce, demanding and impulsive he says nothing is impossible as long as you believe in it; Toothfairy, known as Tooth - is a green, irridescent fairy half human and half hummingbird, played by Isla Fisher. Tooth safeguards  children's teeth which hold precious memories; and Sandman - who is the guardian of dreams, is ancient and wise and incredibly powerful.

Hugh, who has also just wrapped up work on the next `Wolverine' says life couldn't be better. He has revelled being back home in Sydney to wind up work on `Rise of the Guardians' and just loved being able to take a morning swim at Bondi. "Life just couldn't be better, I'm a very happy and lucky man," he said.

To top off a busy year, Hugh Jackman also stars alongside Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried  in Les Miserables which opens in cinemas on Boxing Day.

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