Hugh Jackman Experiences The Fighting Falcon

  • Feb 20, 2016 6:42am GMT

Watch Hugh Jackman fly in a 457th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base.

Jackman and Taron Egerton (photos below video), stars of Eddie The Eagle, along with film director Dexter Fletcher, met with service members, DoD civilians and their families prior to a free screening of the movie at the MWR Movie Reel theater on base yesterday.

The actor was proud of the fact that he didn't have to use the 'bag' and felt well after the flight adding, "Having this opportunity to go out in a fighter jet, which is kind of a dream of most people's life, is a little bit like what Eddie did. His dream was about to be in the Olympics, and he found about the most dangerous way to do it."

Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards (photos below video) is a British skier who in 1988 became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. U.K. newspaper The Guardian said, "Edwards became internationally renowned after becoming the first British competitor in an Olympic ski-jumping event, taking part in the 1988 Games in Calgary, Canada. Edwards finished in last place in both the 70m and 90m ski-jumps, but partly owing to his Coke-bottle glasses (required to correct far-sighted vision) and general aura of clumsiness, he achieved unlikely celebrity in both the US and UK." Hugh Jackson plays his coach but is a fictional character. In comments reported by the BBC, Edwards says that he has been told that “only 10 to 15%” of the film is based on my life”.

The movie which also stars Christopher Walken, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2016 and is being released February 26th. "I love the story. I love what it had to say. I love the message that you don't have to win to be a winner in life. Your spirit, your heart, your attitude in life is key," Jackman said.

(U.S. Navy raw video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason Howard / Released / Edit by Ric Peterson for All Things Aero)