If there was more to talk about this topic/thread would not have gained traction and more people would still be participating in general. Aside from the fact that I always want Hugh's films to be box office hits, I don't care about either Pan or Wolverine so it's unlikely I will post about either film.
I disagree that fans claiming to be fans when they are unhappy with Hugh's choices are not true fans. I am among them and I can assure you that I have been a major fan for 10 years!. I am also 100% certain that I would not have become a significant fan had I not seen The Boy From Oz. In 2005 at the Imperial Theater I was certain we were witnessing the birth of a legendary star to rival Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, Paul Newman - you get my drift. His career did not unfold the way we envisioned. It wasn't that we had hopes beyond reason either because he could have done it. Year after year, little by little I/we became disheartened knowing the depth of his talent wasn't being tapped or put to "the highest and best use" as we say in real estate. There are many theories why, personally I think it started with John Palermo, when he lost some important years and never fully recovered. He finally became a household name and 10 years later we are still getting our hopes dashed. Now Hugh is too old for younger parts. Unless you are a Wolverine fanatic there has been plenty to be disappointed about. For myself, I've seen only one Hugh movie more than once, yet I've seen in on stage at least 12 times travelling across a continent to do it each time. I "got" The River and still did not like it, sold my second round of tickets. It's not that I only like him on stage, it's more that I simply don't like a lot of his movies.
The characteristic that we all fell so hard for was Hugh's character and his looks are somehow entwined. He has never veered off center in his personal life, he is exactly the man I always felt he was - Hugh is the real deal. Nor has he ever had one hint of scandal, everyone that meets him gushes effusively over him and most importantly, he has never cheated on a wife of 17 years. Even though he didn't take the path I had in mind, he was worth my time and the reason I hang on.
Yes, as a more genre fan (sci-fi geek), I enjoy most of his stuff, even though I will be happy to see him away from Wolverine.
Sadly, I have never seen him on stage. I started to follow him closely right after TBFO, sometimes around The Fountain/The Prestige were out. Since then, he performed only on Broadway so there is no way for me to afford it - at least wasn´t cos I was still a college student back then. I wish he would come to London and did that Shakespeare...
I agree about John Palermo...he was there, and then he was gone, all that production going nowhere (yet other actors have their companies producing interesting stuff). Maybe he should try to produce again, I think he would be good just on his own.