Hugh Jackman loves a good underdog story. So when the chance came to play Bronson Peary, the fictional coach of real-life hero athlete Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards (Taron Egerton) in the movie Eddie the Eagle, he snapped it up. On Wednesday night Jackman and Egerton walked the red carpet for the Miami Beach premiere of the movie, about how Eddie, a determined but unskilled ski jumper, made it to the Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988.
“It’s really an inspirational tale and something everyone can relate to,” said Jackman. “Spoiler alert: Eddie’s not exactly a world-class athlete, but what he went through reminds me of some of the movies I loved growing up with, like Cool Runnings. Ones that sort of have great surprises in store. I think everyone harbors a dream. They may not say it out loud or tell you what it is when their guard is down. ‘What do you really want to do?’ Even when people were laughing at Eddie and telling him not to do this he said, ‘No. This is the only thing I love.’”
Jackman walked the carpet at the fan screening with Egerton and the director Dexter Fletcher.