Hugh Jackman has admitted that he’d love to play Steve Irwin in a biopic of the Crocodile Hunter.
Jackman, who recently starred in Pan, made this admission to Yahoo! Movies UK as he promoted the action adventure.
While Jackman insisted that there currently aren’t any concrete plans to actually make a Steve Irwin biopic, the Australian actor admitted that he’d jump at the opportunity to represent his fallen comrade if one was put in motion.
Jackman explained that he previously had a special bond and relationship with Steve Irwin, which means that he would adore the chance to portray him on the big screen.
“I would definitely consider that [playing Steve Irwin in a biopic,” Jackman revealed to the website.
Jackman then opened up about how he was forever touched by his interaction with the wildlife expert, even though it was only brief.
“I knew Steve, and Steve was an amazing, amazing man,” Jackman continued. “I mean, everybody loved him but I had a relationship behind the camera with him, just a brief one, but that interaction really, really touched me.”
Hugh Jackman isn’t the only one who believes that he’d be perfect to play Irwin though. In fact, it’s been alleged that Steve’s daughter Bindi Irwin, who is now 17 years old and is currently starring on Dancing With The Stars, has previously insisted that the X-Men and Wolverine star would be the right choice too.
Just last month, Yahoo! Lifestyle‘s New Idea reported that Bindi and her mother Terri Irwin, who is also Steve Irwin’s widow, are planing to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Steve’s death with an official biopic from Hollywood.
A source close to Terri Irwin explained, “With 10 years since his death coming up in 2016, they really want to do something special… and would love to announce an authorized movie about Steve’s life.”
Bindi Irwin has reportedly ear-marked Hugh Jackman as the perfect actor to portray her father on the big-screen, with the source continuing, “Bindi really wants Hugh Jackman to play Steve. She thinks Hugh is just like her dad in many ways – loved, dependable, and internationally renowned.”
However, while Bindi has already picked out Hugh Jackman as the man to portray Steve, Terri is being a little bit more particular. She is allegedly waiting until the perfect actor emerges, before then seriously proceeding with the movie as she doesn’t want to tarnish the reputation of her beloved husband.
Steve Irwin died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44, after he was pierced in the chest by a stingray barb. At the time, Irwin was snorkelling around the Great Barrier Reef near Port Douglas, Queensland, as he filmed a new documentary named Ocean’s Deadliest.
According to the only eyewitness to the attack, Steve Irwin, who was in shallow water for the filming, approached the stingray from behind in order to catch footage of it swimming away.
The fish is believed to have reacted to Irwin as if he was actually a shark, which led to it attacking him and striking him several hundred times in the body with his tail spine, all within a few seconds. In this attack, the stingray pierced Steve Irwin’s heart, resulting in him bleeding out and dying.
Over his career, Steve Irwin developed the nickname The Crocodile Hunter because of his extensive work as an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist. This resulted in him working on the television series The Crocodile Hunter, which he co-hosted alongside his wife Terri, which was broadcast internationally and saw him become a worldwide celebrity.
Steve Irwin was survived by his daughter Bindi Sue Irwin, born 1998; his son Robert Clarence Irwin, born in 2003; and his wife Terri Irwin, who he married in 1992.