Water Baby Hugh Jackman Get Soaking in Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Reminiscence’

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August 19, 2021 Updated: August 19, 2021

Hugh Jackman calls himself a water baby, but he’s never spent as much time getting wet as in his latest movie, “Reminiscence.”

“I’m Australian born and bred so I love the water. I go into the ocean almost every day, if I can,” said Jackman.

“But I certainly wasn’t taking any baths whilst doing this movie. By the end of the day, I was like … I’m done … I’ve been in water all day. And I had never done action sequences in water,” he said.

In “Reminiscence,” a sci-fi thriller arriving in U.S. theaters on Friday, Jackman plays a former soldier who runs a business for people who want to float in sensory deprivation tanks. The film, which also stars Rebecca Ferguson and Thandiwe Newton, is set in a war-torn and flooded Miami of the future.

The movie, written and directed by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy, was conceived with Jackman in mind and his participation was key to getting the film made.

“I just knew that between his incredible action skills and his incredible charisma … he’s also this amazing character actor,” Joy said.

“I didn’t have any funding, I didn’t have a studio. I was just a first-time director with a script and a dream. I don’t know why Hugh Jackman decided to support me, but he did.

“There’s no way it would have come to pass without his support,” she added.

Daniel Wu, who plays gangster Saint Joe, said that working with fellow Asian-American Joy was like a breath of fresh air.

“It’s rare that you work with a female director, but it’s also even more rare to work with a female Chinese-American director, and I’m Chinese-American and there’s so much unspoken commonalities that we share,” Wu said.

By Rollo Ross and Jane Ross

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