I was a fearful child, afraid of heights and dark: Hugh Jackman

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  • Updated: May 05, 2014 13:25 IST

Actor Hugh Jackman arrives at the premiere of Prisoners, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California. (AFP Photo)

Hugh Jackman may have enthralled his young fans with his fearless superhero character in X-Men series, but the actor says as a child he used to be terrified of darkness.

The 45-year-old actor, who raises two adopted children, 14-year-old Oscar and eight-year-old Ava, with wife Deborra-Lee Furness, said he took some time in adapting to fatherhood, reported Contactmusic.

"I was surprised how little my own parenting instincts kicked in. I was a bit of a pain at first, insisting he couldn't have a bottle straight before bed because I'd read up on it," Jackman said.

"My own mother finally said, 'Look, you may have read a lot of books, but the kid (Oscar) hasn't, so put them down.' But I was quite a fearful kid myself. Heights, the dark...," he added.

He also admits he even incorporated a fear into Wolverine because he didn't want to play someone who isn't capable of feeling scared.

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