Move over, Stephen Fry! Norwich City has an even more unlikely celebrity fan! Hugh Jackman — whom you may have seen in Wolverine and the first few hours of Australia when you weren't asleep — is a proud Canary, as his mother lives in Norfolk.
According to a story on the BBC, Huge Action was approached by the club when they were in League One, asking if he would like to become a part-owner. It's hard to believe that a man who would star in a movie version of Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots would make a regrettable decision, but he turned them down:
"I got a letter about a year ago saying, 'Being such a huge Norwich City fan would I like to be a celebrity investor?', like a small part-owner."
"I said, 'I think that's a little stretched, I've been to Carrow Road once, my mum took me', so I decided not to invest."
Since offering the Aussie star a piece of the action, Norwich won back-to-back promotions, a course of events which lends itself nicely to a Hollywood underdog cliché:
"People say to me about these underdog stories in Hollywood, 'it never happens in real life', but hey, Norwich city are in the Premier League.
"I have the Milk Cup shirt, the commemorative shirt from 1984, there's really been nothing since that, except for Delia Smith's* poached eggs."
Somehow, I think that Jackman will make ends meet despite missing this shrewd investment opportunity, but he needs to scratch up on his Norwich statistics — they actually won the League Cup (Milk Cup) in 1985. Incidentally, in doing so, they became the first club to win a major trophy and get relegated from the top flight in the same season.
*In case you're not an Anglophile, Delia Smith is the British non-prisony version of Martha Stewart. She likes a drink.
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