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Published On: Mon, May 9th, 2016

‘Wolverine’ star Hugh Jackman says ‘I’m a Christian’ and discusses his faith

X-Men and Wolverine star Hugh Jackman grew up in a Christian home after his father gave his life to Jesus through a Billy Graham crusade. Now, speaking with Parade Magazine, Jackman comes out as a Christian, discussing his faith.

“I’m a Christian. I was brought up very religious. I used to go to different evangelists’ [revival] tents all the time. When I was about 13, I had a weird premonition that I was going to be onstage, like the preachers I saw.”

Hugh Jackson struggles to escape the stereotype of being Wolverine  photo 20th Century Fox

Hugh Jackson struggles to escape the stereotype of being Wolverine photo 20th Century Fox

Jackman stands tall among the Hollywood elite as a committed husband to his wife of nearly 20 years and present father to their two adopted children,

Many see Jackman as a role model.

“When I met Deb, I knew immediately I was going to marry her. I forced myself to wait six months because I thought, ‘Maybe it is infatuation. I’m too young to know.’

“It was ridiculous. Every day love just got deeper. I felt a complete trust with her to be exactly who I am. I don’t have to be any other version of Hugh Jackman for her to love me.”

Jackman sees his performances as a way of honoring God.

“I’m a religious person…This is going to sound weird to you. In Chariots of Fire the runner Eric Liddell says, ‘When I run, I feel His pleasure.’ I feel that pleasure when I act and it’s going well, particularly onstage,” Jackman said.

“I feel what everyone’s searching for, the feeling that unites us all. Call it ‘God.’ Before I go onstage every night, I pause and dedicate the performance to God, in the sense of ‘Allow me to surrender.’”

Jackman will end his run as Wolverine with a solo film due next year. Up next will be X-Men: Apocalypse, arriving in theaters on May 27, 2016.

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