Hugh Jackman’s The Front Runner

It may seem tame by today’s standards, but one-time Presidential front runner Gary Hart’s political scandal became a career killer in 1988.

“This was a real turning point in politics, the world over, I think, actually.” Hugh Jackman

This foot note in American history is now being highlighted by Hugh Jackman in ‘The Front Runner‘ through the lens of modern viewers.

“If you’re like me and you wake up going ‘How did we get to where we are today?’ this previously sort of unexamined part of American history, I think, really gives you an answer to that.” – Hugh Jackman

In a world that has become desensitized to similar headlines, and where the news cycle moves so fast — why this story? Jackman’s co-star, J.K. Simmons explained what made Gary Hart’s story so powerful.

“There was a mindset, and an optimism, and an almost Kennedy-esque sort of Camelot-feel to this campaign that makes the way it ended all the more tragic.” – J.K. Simmons

Naturally, ‘The Front Runner‘ is poised to make Jackman and Simmons front runners this awards-season. Ever humble, Jackman spoke to the incredible good-fortune he has enjoyed thus far, and to this movie’s role in our political conversations.

“The opportunities I’ve had from movies, to theater, to hosting the Oscars … it’s been an amazing, magical, very surprising journey. But I’m very proud to be part of this. This is a movie that I think really should get conversations sparked.” – Hugh Jackman

The Front Runner‘ is in theaters now.