Journey to 'Les Misérables': A Look at Hugh Jackman's Career Evolution (PHOTOS)

See how the Aussie went from studying drama to selling out theaters.

Hugh Jackman has come quite a long way.

Since starting out as a Communications student in Sydney, Australia, the actor has managed to turn what was just a drama course for additional credits to a full-blown, award-winning acting career.

Over the years, Jackman wowed spectators both on and off the theater stage with a variety of roles. Refusing to let genre hold him back, the 44-year-old has played almost everything from a disgruntled mutant to a magician and, yes, even an Australian in the outback.

Now, Jackman stars in director Tom Hooper's first musical film, Les Misérables. Though it may seem the actor -- who also won a Tony Award in 2004 for his work in Broadway's The Boy From Oz -- is back in his element with musical theater, he assures us that the task of taking onthe iconic role of Jean Valjean was all still very daunting.

"It takes a long time," he told Celebuzz of acting in a silver screen musical. "I have a background in theater and when I first got into a musical 20 years ago I was like, 'Whoa, this is not easy.'"

"The process I have to take is -- first of all, I take the lyrics off the music page and write them out as dialogue, so I have to approach that," he continued. "Then, I learn the song and then it takes a long time to put the two together to make them feel natural."


Just how far has Jackman come in order to develop his craft?

Relive Jackman's entire acting journey in the gallery -- above.

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