“The Greatest Showman,” a movie based on the life of businessman P.T. Barnum, is showing on the big screen soon! Its high-energy musical numbers and jaw-dropping circus stunts are highly anticipated, and it’s set to officially premiere in the Philippines on January 31.
Before you catch the movie, here are some things you might not know about the filming and production of “The Greatest Showman.”
1. Zendaya does her own stunts.
For months, Zendaya trained in various aerial-acrobatic acts (mainly trapeze) to prepare for her role as Anne Wheeler, an African-American acrobat performing in Barnum’s Circus.
Singer and Actor Ziv Zaifman belts out P.T. and Charity Barnum’s love ballad, “A Million Dreams.”
4. Hugh Jackman turned down a James Bond role to play P.T. Barnum.
Jackman was offered the chance to play Bond but turned down the role to shoot “The Greatest Showman.”
When asked in an interview with Variety why decided this way, he said “People wanted me to play that kind of hero part exclusively. It felt a little bit claustrophobic.”
5. Hugh Jackman risked his health just to sing a song.
A few weeks before the final sing-through in front of Fox executives, Jackman underwent skin surgery and was advised to avoid singing. He went against it and blew open almost 80 stitches while singing “From Now On.”
It worked out in the end, as his dedication got “The Greatest Showman” officially greenlit for production.