Aussie actor Hugh Jackson continues to prove that no matter the obstacle in life, he knows the show must go on. Less than twenty four hours after he made the brave decision to reveal a second skin cancer scare, the 45-year-old entertainer shared that he would be returning to the Great White Way (Broadway) to appear in the Jez Butterworth play, The River.
It may not come as such a shock to many, but add that onto an already massive workload. His schedule includes a turn of hosting the Tony Awards on June 8, which is his third time doing so. Follow that up with what is sure to be a heavy promotional run with his return as Wolverine in the upcoming X-Men sequel Days of Future Past. He is also currently filming a movie called Chappie. The last thing he needs is a frightening health scare, but he is proving that it will not get in his way.
On May 8, the actor shared via his Instagram that he had surgery to remove a Basal-cell carcinoma from his nose. It happens to be the most treatable form of skin cancer, but if it is left untreated, it could spread and cause damage to any tissue around it. It is the second time Hugh Jackman has had to have the surgery and he pleaded to his fans to protect themselves while they enjoy their time out in the sun.
“All out now,” he wrote along with the image. “Thanks Dr. Album and Dr. Arian. PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!” Although this is one of the more serious mishaps in his very fortunate life, Hugh Jackman has come extremely close to serious injuries many times before.
While filming X-Men: Days of Future Past, Hugh Jackman nearly had a severe injury, he knew the show must go on. During an interview on The Graham Norton Show, Jackman revealed how the metal claws that Wolverine uses to fight almost caused him a great deal of harm. While filming, a shot called for the character to be completely naked and in a moment of attempting modesty, things turned scary.
“I ran around the corner and all the female members of the crew were gathered there,” he said. “I tried to cover myself and cut my inner thigh. It was just the inner thigh, thankfully.”
In 2010 during an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Jackman once again faced danger in the eye. This time from a literal standpoint. While attempting to make a dramatic entrance via a zip line cable above the famed Sydney Opera House, he accidentally hit the brakes too late. A lightning rig flipped upward toward his face and injured his right eye. Winfrey stopped filming immediately and had her staff call for nearby paramedics, but Jackman continued on with the interview.
His young son Oscar, then 10, witnessed the scary event and rather than cause any more worry, Jackman headed to the front row where Oscar sat and comforted him. In another warm gesture, Jackman assured Oprah and her crew that he was the only one at fault for the incident.
“I came down waving to everyone, looking over Sydney Harbor, saw my dad, the kids and you, went to pull the brake and then boing,” he said. “Totally my bad.”
On some level, it makes sense that the handsome actor would not let things like this stop from making sure people are entertained. Coming from the beginnings of musical theater in Australia and fearlessly continuing through that medium long after he became a leading man in America, the actor continues to prove that nothing will stand in his way. Whether it is a potentially serious health issue or even a bad critique. Hugh Jackman knows the show must go on. No matter the obstacle, he will make it happen.
By Jonathan Brown