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    Sat 19 Mar 2016
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    9.40pm - 10.45pm
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    Week 12 2016 : Sat 19 Mar - Fri 25 Mar
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    Sat 19 Mar 2016
HUGH JACKMAN speaks about his final Wolverine film and why he won’t miss the fitness regime
LUKE EVANS spoke about his roles in High-Rise and The Hobbit and performed as Beauty and the Beast’s Gaston alongside the other guests
TARON EGERTON speaks about his role as Eddie the Eagle and those Han Solo rumours
SHAZIA MIRZA spoke about teaching Dizzee Rascal
And a music performance from Primal Scream
On this week’s episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, Jonathan is joined by global movie star, Hugh Jackman; actor and singer, Luke Evans; Rising star of acting, Taron Egerton; and comedian, Shazia Mirza. The guests all chatted with Jonathan before joining for a surprising one-off singing performance of Beauty and the Beast.
Hollywood star of the X Men films, Hugh Jackman, joined the sofa and spoke about his last stint as Wolverine.
Confirming that the next Wolverine film will be his last, Hugh said: “One more. That’s the last one… It’s been 17 years, I can’t believe it’s been. It’s amazing. With cameos it’s already eight [films], it feels like a lot and I’ve loved it and I’m so excited about this last one I can’t in my head think of anything else to do with the character but I know someone else will take over the role.” 
Offering it to Jonathan, Hugh joked: “I mean, you seem to be getting into shape. Is there something you want to share with us? Maybe you’re looking to put on the claws?” 
On what he’ll do in the future, he said: “It’s been every two or three years for 17 years so I’ll be calling you up and you up for jobs and [to the audience] probably some people here for jobs, I’ll do anything, pretty much but this is it.”
Hugh admitted he will not miss the fitness aspect of the role and is certainly not addicted to the training which saw him hone an incredible physique.
“No, I’m not addicted. I actually do like the feeling of being strong and I’m training way harder than I would if I wasn’t in one of these movies but it’s painful, it actually hurts. People say, ‘You get addicted to it.’ I’m not addicted to it, I’ll be quite looking forward to having a few beers, some burgers and hanging out.”
Luke Evans, the renowned actor and star of the stunning new dystopian thriller, High-Rise, joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about his upcoming roles and the strangest place he’d ever met a fan.
Speaking of his new film based on a book by J.G. Ballard, Luke said: “Challenging is a good way to describe it, it was a very difficult book to adapt, it’s taken 30 years to be made into a movie but the role was just very special, I don’t get sent many scripts with roles like that for me… It’s full on but you should definitely see it because people don’t make films like this very often.”
The star of The Hobbit also joked about taking home some of the props from the films. On The Hobbit, Luke said: “Do you remember that big scene where the Master of Laketown leaves in this big barge full of coins and money… I nicked a couple of those coins and took a few of those and stuffed them in the pockets every time. I kept finding them everywhere and was like, ‘Someone’s going to take them so I may as well.’ I love a bargain and there’s a hefty price on eBay as well it’s quite impressive,” he laughed.
On his Welsh roots and family traits, Luke joked that his mother also loved a bargain: “I’ve gained it, I live in East London and I can’t walk past a Pound Shop without having a look around, seeing what I can find, asking them the price,” he laughed.
On the weirdest place he’d been asked for a selfie, Luke said embarrassed: “This is unbelievable. I went to the gym with a friend of mine in a gym I don’t usually go to in town and was very busy and it was lunchtime and I did training, had a shower and I was getting changed in the changing room and I was literally pulling my pants up, naked with my a**e to the room pulling up my pants and this guy went ‘Excuse me can I just have a selfie?’... He was ready to take one!”
Luke spoke about his upbringing as a Jehovah’s Witness and explained how it prepared him for the harshness of the acting world. “It was quite a strict upbringing and we knocked doors on the weekends and would get a lot of doors slammed in your face. It’s quite an experience for a young child to experience that but I’ve got thick skin now, so as an actor it worked in my favour really. So when those doors slam in my face it doesn’t bother me at all now. [I did it] from birth in a pram all the way up until 16.” 
Jonathan spoke about the link that connected Hugh and Luke; the fact that both of them have played or are about to play Gaston in Beauty and the Beast. Hugh played the part on stage for one of his very first roles and Luke will play the role in the exciting Disney live action movie due out next year. Luke and Hugh joined Jonathan and the rest of the guests in a surprising and special performance of the classic song, ‘Gaston’. [Pictures available from Rex]
Star of the eagerly anticipated Eddie the Eagle film, Taron Egerton, joined the sofa and spoke to Jonathan about playing British skier, Eddie Edwards.
On Eddie’s characterful looks, which Taron had to replicate in the film, he said: “Eddie is actually a very good looking guy now but in 1988 you’re quite right, he had quite a characterful look, he had a prominent underbite, coke bottle glasses… But for me it was great that Matthew [Vaughn the film producer] thought that I could do something so different than [my previous film] Kingsman. It was an irresistible challenge.”
“We experimented with prosthetics but I felt very strongly that I’d like to try and do it [without],” he added before donning the famous Eddie the Eagle glasses. Hugh Jackman and Jonathan also tried them on for size. [Pictures available from Rex]
Speaking about the support that the real Eddie had given him and the film, Taron said he had been given the seal of approval: “I actually watched the movie for the first time with Eddie. Matthew Vaughn tricked me, invited me down to a screening and when I took my seat I was sat next to Eddie Edwards which was kind of terrifying but thankfully when the credits rolled, he had a tear in his eye, he was crying himself. He’s been wonderful and very supportive and helped us promote the movie, he’s a truly great guy… He’s been very kind about the whole film and thankfully for me, about my performance. I’m very, very lucky. He’s been so supportive.”
Taron also spoke about the ski stunts in the film, admitting he did not want do them: “I had no interest in ski jumping, it’s terrifying and you have to be a crazy person. I learnt to ski for the movie, I’ve never skied before so I went out to Germany a couple of weeks earlier and learnt to ski. The whole experience was made a lot easier because I had a very beautiful German ski instructor. That’s one of the joys of being an actor, you learn new skills!”
On whether he’ll continue to ski, Taron said he was too scared: “I’ve never skied before, I really enjoyed it though. I can’t claim that I took to it like a duck to water. I don’t think I’m brave enough [to carry on skiing].”
Taron dismissed rumours that he will play a young Han Solo in a forthcoming role but said he would not rule it out and would love to be asked: “I’ve heard this rumour yes, I mean I’ve seen the stuff on the internet and I think any lad of my age would kill to play a part like that. It’s very, very flattering. I’ve no idea if there’s any truth in it but I mean, Lucasfilm, Disney if there is then you know where I am.”
Stand up star, Shazia Mirza, joined the sofa and spoke about being a teacher before she turned to comedy and how one of her pupils was music star, Dizzee Rascal.
“The reason he’s called ‘Dizzee Rascal’ is because that’s the name that the teachers gave him because he was so good,” she joked. 
“His real name is Dylan Mills… He loved music, he used to run out of my lesson and go ‘I’m going to the music room’ and I had to always drag him out of the music room… He just loved music, he was never about the fame or the money. I met him a couple of years ago, I went to a screening of a film and I was walking up the red carpet and all I heard behind me was this voice going ‘Oi Miss!’ and I turned around and it was him and I said, ‘You don’t have to call me ‘Miss’ anymore!’”