Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine Whirlybird

Celebuzz / April 8, 2009

Say what you will about Hugh Jackman, the guy knows how to make a dramatic entrance.

The Aussie hunk arrived in his homeland—Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbor, specifically—on Wednesday for the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine via helicopter, standing on one of its skids and giving a big thumbs-up for the waiting crowd. Jackman then proceeded to swoop down from a clifftop on a cable before treating the assemblage to 20 completed minutes of the film.

But while Jackman’s arrival was whimsical, his message was not. The 40-year-old heartthrob told reporters that he was “heartbroken” that an early version of the film was leaked onto the Internet a month before its official release, the Associated Foreign Press reports.

The leaked version, which lacked many of the special effects, was downloaded an estimated tens of thousands times before 20th Century Fox managed to get it yanked, and the culprits are still at large. 

“It’s a serious crime and there’s no doubt it’s very disappointing—I was heartbroken by it,” Jackman admitted. “Obviously, people are seeing an unfinished film. It’s like a Ferrari without a paint job.”

Jackman holds out hope, though, that those responsible for the leak will be brought to justice.

“The FBI are on to it and they’re taking it very, very seriously,” the actor notes. “Rest assured that person will be found.”

Lighten up, Hugh; sure, piracy is a drag, but then you’ve stolen all of our hearts, and you don’t hear us complaining, do you?