City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith has issued a press release challenging actor Hugh Jackman to come to town.
Cr Smith has challenged Jackman to visit Logan and sign the mural painted on a roadside enbankment in Hillcrest promoting Jackman’s latest film, Logan.
“My message to Hugh is simple — come and visit the city that shares the name of your most famous movie character,” he said.
“And while you’re here, jump into some abseiling gear, which we will provide, and sign the mural at Hillcrest and really make your mark on Logan!”
Yes, it’s a simple request, really — just fly from Los Angeles to Logan and abseil down this giant mural of yourself. Who could say no?
Alas, Cr Smith seems to be forgetting what happened the last time Jackman got involved in a publicity stunt like this — in 2010, Jackman injured his eye when he attempted to abseil onto a stage at the Sydney Opera House for a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
While it’s unlikely Jackman will sign it, the mural is certainly impressive. The biggest of its type in Australia, it was commissioned by 20th Century Fox to promote the release of Logan, and painted by Marsden artist Junior Tanielu.
“It’s the first time I have had to abseil and paint at the same time but I loved every minute of it,” Junior said.
“It took three days to complete, is 20 metres long and eight metres tall, and I used almost 100 litres of paint.
“I had blisters on my hands from working the ropes while painting but it’s been worth it, I’m really happy with the result.
“The fact it will be seen by thousands of people every day and could even be signed by Hugh Jackman himself is a little surreal.”
We’re eagerly awaiting Jackman’s response…
Logan is in cinemas today.