Hugh Jackman & Robert Pattinson’s J-Pop Jaunt
Following their whirlwind Oscars song-and-dance, Hugh Jackman (who, unlike hosts before him, didn’t have the unsavory task of carrying the entire telecast on his broad, well-built shoulders) and Robert Pattinson (who you may remember from Harry Potter or that other fantasy book-turned-movie) set off for a rollicking overseas adventure that whisked them away to Tokyo. Once there, apart from feeding each other cucumber rolls, acting out scenes from beloved Noh dramas, and giddily infiltrating anti-foreigner establishments, they also stepped into a karaoke bar and decided to sing sweet nothings to each other. Probably because they’re shills for the shrieking, chintz adulation that only amused karaoke queens playfully jeering “Baka!” can offer.
There’s little doubt that they drew strength from gaijin hits like Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady” or Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to The Moon” — American standards made relevant in a decidedly exclusive culture by a vox pop of iconic Japanese idols. Apparently Jackman was also there promoting Australia, which considering its lack of domestic success should prove to be the type of uphill slope that only dearest Hugh can scale, no doubt with a flash of pearly whites and the gentle wave of an X-Men poster. Oh yeah, and Pattinson was there for the Japanese premiere of his most recent movie. You know. The one about the vampires.