Jude Law has been waiting a long time to play Captain Hook, and the role has a special meaning for the Oscar-nominated actor.
Law walked the red carpet at the opening of his new movie, Peter Pan & Wendy, on Tuesday at the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City. He talked to ET about why his 26-year-old son, Rafferty Law, will have a special connection to the role of Hook.
“When my oldest son was a little boy, I used to play as Hook against him,” Law said with a smile. “So we had kind of been there together already. I think it will be a very, very special event for him to see me as Hook.”
Law said, “When I choose parts, I usually do the ones I want to do and the ones I find interesting.”
“But it is definitely a plus that my kids can see them,” he said, referring to his latest part in the live-action Disney adaptation and his recent work in the Fantastic Beasts series and other projects.
Law said that it took a lot of work to make Captain Hook his own while keeping the character’s well-known traits.
“Well, you know, every part was important, right? “We spent a lot of time thinking about how to use the very recognizable colors and shapes while still giving him his own look,” Law said. “I was really happy that we went with the time-appropriate but unusual naval hat instead of the big fancy hat that Hook wore in the original Disney cartoon.”
Law joked, “I’ve probably stolen from all of them!” when asked which other version of Hook he liked best. I just couldn’t decide.”
“I mean, I love the animated version,” Law said, referring to the character in Disney’s 1953 favorite, whose voice was originally done by Hans Conried. “And, of course, there was Dustin Hoffman, and there was also Jason Isaacs. I liked them both.”