Hollywood star Hugh Jackman's mega movie salaries are in stark contrast to his early working years - he used to dress up as a koala bear to raise cash.

The Australian actor - who has scored global box office success in movies like X-Men and VAN HELSING - resorted to disguising himself as the cuddly creature for children's parties to fund his tuition.

He says, "After finishing university, I went to Perth (Australia) to study at the performing arts academy and I had to do the usual stuff like waiting tables and dressing up as a koala for kids parties."

12/05/2004 02:12