Hugh Jackman: I didn’t want to think of my children when filming Prisoners

Posted on 20 September 2013
By Michelle Gondry
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Hugh Jackman has told how he tried to keep his mind off his own children while filming his latest movie, Prisoners.

The Australian actor plays Keller Dover, a father searching for his abducted daughter after she goes missing during Thanksgiving celebrations.

The 44 year old said that shooting the film had made him appreciate his children more and he avoided thoughts about his two adopted children (Oscar, 13, and Ava, 8) while filming, instead relying on research.

The Oscar nominated actor said: “As an actor, you can’t go there. I’ve lost one of my kids in the supermarket before and I remember it vividly, but it’s almost too strong an emotion to play.

“I think it’s better to use your imagination. I had unusual access to behind-the-scenes videos and testimonials from parents, police officers and community members and it’s shattering to watch.

“I certainly hold them a little closer than I was – I’m more and more aware.

“The torture scenes were exhausting. Denis (Villeneuve) the director likes to run the film, he doesn’t like to come in and cut all the time and one of the things that happens in these situations from the research we did was the extreme exhaustion people are operating under.

“Those scenes were really intense, they needed to be intense and they needed to be uncomfortable to watch, because the film operates as a tense thriller and makes you question about violence and if torture is ever acceptable.”

Prisoners is in cinemas now. Watch the trailer below: