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Rick and Morty: Hugh Jackman Remains in His Silly Voice Acting Bag


The latest celebrity guest voice actor on Rick and Morty has truly enjoyed making fun of himself.

Still from “How Poopy Got His Poop Back.” Season Seven of Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty” premieresglobally beginning Sunday, October 15 at 11:00pm ET/PT.
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This week’s highly anticipated Rick and Morty season 7 premiere, “How Poopy Got His Poop Back,” saw the return of fan-favorite characters Mr. Poopybutthole, Birdperson, Gearhead, and Squanchy, as they try to stage an intervention and inadvertently get riggity-riggity-wrecked with Hugh Jackman. Not a person impersonating Hugh Jackman like they did Ice T in the early seasons, but THE Hugh Jackman as a fictionalized version of himself, depicted as a frat boy party animal. In every circumstance, this would be a hysterical cameo if not for the fact that the Wolverine actor has been getting his claws into adult animation for the past several years. Jackman has wholly gotten into his silly voice-acting bag, and I’m here for it.

Dating all the way back to 2006, amidst playing Wolverine in countless X-Men films and hosting the Tonys, Jackman began exploring roles that explored his vocal range, literally. So he starred in Dreamworks Aardman’s Flushed Away and fellow Aussie filmmaker George Miller’s Happy Feet, which coincidentally opened in November 2006. That Thanksgiving season, everyone was giving thanks for Jackman’s contributions to animation cinema. 

As lead Roddy St. James in Flushed Away, Jackman upped his silliness and comical chops. In this very Bri’ish–– no T––role, where he must don an English accent, he’s unrecognizable as Jackman speaks in a high-pitched, sheepish British brogue that matches the domesticated pampered pet character he voiced. The closest clue that does him in is a gag where he’s doing a Tom Jones impersonation as he’s singing “She’s a Lady,” where his deep octave Aussie voice comes out.

Then, in Happy Feet, Jackman voiced Mumble’s emotionally distant penguin dad, Memphis. Take a wild guess what accent he takes in that. The man does a full-on Tennessee voice, mimicking Elvis so hard. The movie opens with him singing “Heartbreak Hotel” (and Prince’s “Kiss”) along with Nicole Kidman in a spirited duet. That Elvis-type voice stays ever so consistent all the way through. No land down under voice detected at all from him or Kidman. Over time, he lent his voice work to other family animated flicks: Dreamworks’ underrated Rise of the Guardians as a boomerang-wielding Easter Bunny, and Laika’s Missing Link, where he does his Brit thang again as explorer Sir Lionel.

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