Aussie actor Hugh Jackman said his grandfather was an Ottoman and he might call himself “a Turk.”
In an interview with Hürriyet newspaper in Turkey, the Tony-Award-winning Aussie actor said his grandfather did not immigrate to Australia from Greece, but he did so from the Ottoman lands.
“My father and uncle went to the place where my grandfather immigrated from, and from what they say, that region which is in Greece today belonged to the Ottoman Empire at that time,” Jackman said.
“So I am the descendant of an Ottoman grandfather. Do not think that I’m saying this because I’m coming to Turkey, but I am a Turk. Yes, I think I may say that I’m a Turk.”
The actor had won hearts in Greece by telling “You know that I also have Greek blood? My great grandfather was a Greek” to the Greek media while he was visiting Greece. Now with the Ottoman touch, he definitely gained more fans on the other side of the Aegean as well.
Jackman will be in Istanbul for four shows between March 17 and 20.
A Tony-Award-winning actor, renowned for his roles in Hollywood blockbusters, Hugh Jackman will perform his show “An Evening with Hugh Jackman,” which is a concert that also contains improvisations. He will be accompanied by dancers and an orchestra of 27 during his performance.
The one-man show features various segments, including tributes to classic movie musicals like “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Guys and Dolls,” as well as odes to the Aborigine culture of Jackman’s native Australia and Australian composer Peter Allen.
“The show I prepared for Turkey is a very personal one,” Jackman told Hürriyet.
“It includes song that matter to me, videos, stories from my life; segments of my previous shows. They are all personal things. I’m excited to share these with people outside the United Sates.”
Jackman also said he was a fan of Turkish cuisine and he would prepare Turkish coffee at home with his son. “We can’t get the taste I remember from Turkey.” Jackman said