Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton on finding Inner peace in the strangest placesHugh Jackman and Taron Egerton star in Eddie the Eagle, the tale of one man’s quest to do the impossible. But in contrast to the cult skier, these two stars have a simpler way to find happiness
THE RED BULLETIN: Everyone tells Eddie that he’s crazy for doing what he does. Have your friends and family ever told you this?
HUGH JACKMAN: Not to that degree. I was always supported by my family. The only real moments of criticism were when I was turned down for various film roles. Eddie was facing a life and death situation though, so I totally understand why people would voice their opinions. There’s a reason why they have an “Eddie the Eagle rule”.
Then perhaps we shouldn’t really be supporting people who try to achieve the impossible?
TARON EGERTON: Why not? As long as they are not risking life and limb then it’s ok. I can understand why you would want to leave a mark on the world. That is definitely something I love about film. I love the idea that someone might stick on a movie in 150 years when I am long in the ground and they know there was a bloke called Taron Egerton around. But I wouldn’t do what Eddie the Eagle did to achieve that.
HJ: I felt that same urge from a very early age. It is probably innate in everyone to want to make their mark. My brother and I wanted to be in the Guinness Book of Records. We would scout that book for hours looking to see what we could do. At first I tried to do the catching coins but my hands were far too small. Then we made an attempt at the longest Badminton game of all time. We had a training regime where we tried to stay awake as long as possible but I gave up at 2am on the first night. My brother managed the whole night but was sent home from school the next day because he kept falling asleep!
What are you trying to achieve in life? Happiness?
TE: My dream in life is to be able to pay off my family’s mortgages. I would love it if my mom, my auntie and the rest could live mortgage-free in comfortable homes with no weekly payments. Once I have achieved that in life, then I will relax much more about things.
HJ: I can totally relate to that. Happy is a far too generic word. It is about finding a sense of peace with life. It can come through being rent-free, it can also come through making sure that your family is healthy and well. Everything revolves around very simple things. I am a parent and every parent knows you are only as happy as your most unhappy kid.
When do you experience these moments of inner peace?
TE: Usually in very average, everyday situations. Like when I am at home watching a film with really good friends. Or when I am hanging out with my little sisters in the garden. Nothing in your movie star life makes you as happy as in your family life.
HJ: I completely agree. It can happen quite randomly. You can’t chase those moments, you can’t be thinking: “I want to have a really great weekend.” I remember when I got my first job as an actor. The first thing I did was order a pizza and drink six beers at home on my own. It was just a major relief to know that I would be able to pay the rent for the next six months. That was all I wanted.
To what extent have you been embracing the public attention like Eddie? Is it getting uncomfortable?
TE: I don’t have anything in the extreme.
HJ: I have just been on the road with you. When we went out in Korea, it was like the Beatles.
TE: Only in Korea! I can’t pretend it’s something I am massively enamoured with. But it’s nice and it’s great to hear that people are fans of what you do.