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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 15th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 16, 2009 3 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Entering in the style of a superhero MARIE SANSOM Hugh Jackman at the launch of his movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine at Cockatoo Island last week. Inset: The action man swings into view. Pictures: DANNY AARONS HUGH Jackman burst on to Cockatoo Island last Wednesday like a comic book hero to promote X Men Origins: Wolverine. He hung out of a helicopter circling the screaming crowd, zipping down a flying fox on to the Merrick and Rosso show. Cockatoo, a former shipyard and prison, became an abandoned nuclear power plant for the film, which deals with Wolverine's early life and his transformation into a mutant. Jackman, the film's producer and star, said he listened to fans when developing Wolverine. ''They have the film version in their heads and they don't get much say in it,'' Jackman said. ''Fans said, 'I want to see the berserker rage . . . to see Wolverine a little more bad-ass'. ''I'm thrilled that by the end of the movie you understand how he got to be the Wolverine in that bar-fighting in X-Men 1. ''There has been a lot of pain and drama in his life.'' Drama has also followed the film, with footage illegally released on the internet. Jackman said it was ''heart- breaking'' to have the incomplete film out there. He spent a year bulking up for the role, eating seven protein- rich meals a day, including egg whites and toast at 3am, and training hard. ''And if all else fails, you just sweet-talk the special effects guy.'' He wanted Wolverine to look ''a little freaky'', with thick veins, and make people feel uncomfortable. How does he get psyched up to play Wolverine? ''Have a very cold shower every morning because it really pisses me off.'' Jackman gets naked in the film, after he escapes from William Stryker's lab. ''We were pretty much hemmed into that nudity back in X-Men 2,'' he said. ''I do know that it's a PG 13 movie so old James Roger down there wasn't going to be shown on the big screen.'' He said Cockatoo Island, which the crew filmed on for a month, was ''the most incredible location''. X Men Origins: Wolverine opens in Australia on April 29. Drug squad pounces FIONA BRADY The State Crime Command Drug Squad arrested a man and three women during an undercover operation targeting a major commercial heroin ring operating from a park in Croydon Park. POLICE claim to have cracked a major heroin ring operating out of an Inner West park. Drug squad detectives pounced in Flockhart Park, Croydon Park, on Thursday, arresting and charg- ing a 44-year-old man and three women, aged 34, 37 and 45. Simultaneous search warrants were executed at homes in Walsh Ave, Croydon Park, Friend Ave, Five Dock and Hercules St at Dulwich Hill. A fourth search was carried out by police and a drug detection dog at Whiddon Reserve at Croydon Park. Officers allegedly seized a haul of cash and a commercial supply of heroin. The operation was the result of a three-month long undercover in- vestigation by Strike Force Lana, set up to investigate the supply of heroin in the Croydon Park area. Police allege undercover offi- cers made several controlled pur- chases of heroin from members of the drug ring in February and on Thursday shortly before the ar- rests were made. The head of the drug squad, Det- Supt Nick Bingham, claimed the operation was a success. ''We allege we have dismantled a significant heroin distribution syndicate that we suspect has been using a suburban park as its base of operations,'' Det-Supt Bingham said. ''Strike Force Lana moved in today and shut that operation down. ''The team has worked hard, often in high-pressure situations, to put an end to the alleged heroin deals in that neighbourhood.'' The man has been refused bail and is due to appear in Burwood Court on Wednesday, April 22. The 45-year-old woman and the 34-year old woman were also re- fused bail and were due to appear in Burwood Court on Tuesday. The 37-year-old woman was granted conditional bail. 2132213i iww wk42 Delivering for our Community council chambers: 65 Homebush Rd, Strathfield NSW 2135 e) firstname.lastname@example.org p) 9748 9999 f) 9764 1034 w) www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au business hours: 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday postal address: PO Box 120, Strathfield NSW 2135 STRATHFIELD COUNCIL Strathfield Council's website now boasts a new look and increased functionality making it even easier for the community to use. On top of the latest news items and the event listings that again appear on the newly designed site, Council's homepage now features a "quicklinks" panel, making it even easier for users to find the information they are looking for. The homepage also has a public notices listing, which includes information ranging from public exhibitions to road closures within the Strathfield area. Pages throughout the site also have a fresh new look, ensuring that one of Council's major communications tools remains contemporary and easy to use. To view the new look site, visit www.strathfield.nsw.gov.au.
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