PLANO, TX -- Oscar night is still over a week away, but the stars on Thursday night were big and bright, deep in the heart of North Texas.
"I love it here; I love the friendliness," actor Hugh Jackman told NewsFix. "I love the people. We might even have a bit of line dancing in my future tonight," he jokingly said.
Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle tells the story of British ski-jumper Michael “Eddie” Edwards.
Eddie’s courage, and confidence never wavered during his memorable showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Taron Egerton plays the lovable underdog, Eddie.
Behind every Olympian is an encouraging coach. Enter Wolverine, minus the claws, of course. Jackman plays Eddie’s rebellious and charismatic coach, Bronson Peary.
"I love this story," Jackman told NewsFix at the red carpet premiere. "I remember it when I was young, I remember watch Eddie the Eagle. I just didn’t know half of the real story; just what he had to overcome to get there. We all laughed, and we all thought he was a great character; but actually, he overcame many obstacles. He took it really seriously and his story is really inspiring.”
The film’s director, Dexter Fletcher, was also in town walking the red carpet. But, c'mon, let’s face it - the only one anyone cared about was Hugh Jackman!
Eddie the Eagle lands in theaters February 26th.