Aussie Hugh has a reputation for his generosity and bought tickets for all the crew on last year’s sci-fi movie Real Steel where he played former boxer Charlie Kenton.
This weekend he turned up at a local newsagent in Berkshire after rain had temporarily halted filming of Les Mis saying to the crew that he needed to go to the shops for a while. The Les Mis crew were most surprised when Hugh turned up a little later with £250 of lottery tickets and passed them out amongst everyone one on set. You wouldn’t think a man who won People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive Award in 2008 would need to do anything else to be more popular!
Hugh clearly likes to be thought of as one of the lads and explaining his actions before when he bought the crew of Real Steel lottery tickets he said: “It’s my way of paying taxes. The very first film I did in America, I was embarrassed to say two months in that I didn’t know half of the crew’s names so I thought that on a Friday afternoon I’ll whip by and buy lottery tickets for everyone and hand them out. I say it’s an Australian tradition, but it’s not.”
Hugh is playing the major part of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and is joined in the cast by Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham-Carter and Amanda Seyfried. Anne Hathaway is also in the cast for the movie and was spotted earlier in the week with a very short hairstyle for her part in the role of Fantine. In the story Fantine has to sell her hair for money to survive.
The cast is certainly not being confined in a film studio while filming as they have already been spotted out on location filming at a church in Oxford and have just moved this week to begin filming at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
Les Miserables is expected to hit UK cinemas in January 2013.
Sir Derek admitted in an interview in 2007 that it was an ambition of his to appear in the long-running soap. He is best known for his stage work appearing in many productions of Shakespeare and Chekhov plays and winning a Tony Award and London Evening Standard Best Actor Award in 1983/4 for his role as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing.
There is another group of Jacobi fans who will know him best for his part in the classic 1970’s BBC series I Claudius in which he played the title role of the Emperor Claudius.
There is a further set of fans who know Sir Derek for something quite different as from 2007 he was the narrator of the children’s tv show In The Night Garden.
Going back to his ambition of a role in Coronation Street his part might not stretch the great man too much as he will be appearing as one of the Rovers’ Return regular drinkers in an episode that was filmed last week.
He will join a big line of famous people who have appeared briefly in Corrie including Cliff Richard, Sir Ian McKellen, Joanna Lumley, Robert Vaughan, Prince Charles, Robbie Williams, Stephanie Beacham, Honor Blackman, Michael Crawford and Peter Kay.