Wanna see great acting? Watch Hugh Jackman dance awkwardly in ‘Bad Education’
Bill Keveney, USA TODAY Published 4:44 p.m. ET April 27, 2020 | Updated 11:14 a.m. ET April 28, 2020CLOSEMost people have trouble dancing well. Hugh Jackman found himself with the opposite problem.In HBO’s “Bad Education,” Jackman disappeared into the character of Roslyn school superintendent Frank Tassone, down to the obsessive anti-aging facial rituals and Long Island accent. But there’s one hilarious meta scene where his identity as a Tony Award-winning song-and-dance man broke through the facade:He had to dance poorly in convincing fashion.Late in the film, which was inspired by a real-life 2002 school embezzlement scheme, Frank is in a bar with his boyfriend, Kyle (Rafael Casal), who tries to get him on the dance floor.Interview: HBO’s ‘Bad Education’: How college obsession, corruption combined long before 2019 scandalRed flag: Frank won’t dance. Translation: The man who played P.T. Barnum in the 2017 film musical “The Greatest Showman” has to make believe he doesn’t want to dance.Frank eventually goes along with his partner’s wishes. Second red flag: Frank’s not very good. He’s stiff and awkward. He seems to get one spin down, but doesn’t quite stick the landing. He’s rough.The two-left-feet routine wasn’t easy for Jackman, who did plenty of dancing in his 2019 international concert tour, “Hugh Jackman.