Jack­man could hit new heights with Ea­gle-in­spired song

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE - BAZ BAMIGBOYE

HUGH Jack­man and fast- ris­ing Bri­tish ac­tor Taron Eger­ton are hop­ing to soar in the pop charts when a song they per­form on the sound­track of the forth­com­ing movie about ski­jumper Ed­die “The Ea­gle” Edwards is re­leased.

The num­ber Thrill Me, writ­ten by OMD (Or­ches­tral Ma­noeu­vres in the Dark) and Gary Barlow, who also pro­duced it, is used in the film’s end cred­its se­quence.

Jack­man, star of Les Mis­er­ables and X-Men, has won hon­ours for his singing in mu­si­cal shows. In fact, he’s about to em­bark on a ma­jor tour of his stage show in Aus­tralia.

But it wasn’t pub­licly known that Eger­ton, who be­came a star in the mak­ing with the suc­cess of comic­book spy film Kings­man, could carry a tune. The ac­tor – who will play the ti­tle role – is re­garded as a highly skilled tenor.

“Even though he can clearly sing, Taron had to be per­suaded,” said Matthew Vaughn, pro­ducer of the film about Edwards, the Bri­tish ski­jumper who was mocked for his last place re­sult in the ski-jump at the 1988 Win­ter Olympics.

He was un­fairly dissed by Bri­tish sport­ing of­fi­cials but his fear­less­ness, spirit and self-dep­re­cat­ing hu­mour won over au­di­ences around the world.

Edwards re­mains about the only ski-jumper whose name is in­stantly recog­nised by the Bri­tish pub­lic.

“Hugh had to be per­suaded to sing, too,” Vaughn added. Now, Vaughn and di­rec­tor Dex­ter Fletcher want to coax the two ac­tors back into the stu­dio to shoot a mu­sic video that will be re­leased be­fore the movie is launched on April 1.

The film also fea­tures Jim Broad­bent, Christo­pher Walken and Tim McIn­nerny, but the two most poignant roles are played by Jo Hart­ley and Keith Allen, who por­tray Edwards’s par­ents.

Au­di­ences who have seen rough cuts of the film have emerged with moist eyes. One ex­ec­u­tive who watched it says that she be­lieves it will prove to be highly in­spi­ra­tional.

“It’s for all those kids who are told they’re never go­ing to achieve what they’ve set their hearts on,” she added.

Barlow is also hop­ing to pro­duce other new tracks for the movie. – Daily Mail

EA­GLE: Hugh Jack­man.

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