Jackman’s jitters

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Hugh Jackman is feeling the pressure ahead of hosting the Tony Awards.

The 45-year-old actor is looking forward to acting as master of ceremonies at the prestigious theatre awards on June 8 and although he knows the crowd will be very welcoming, he is putting pressure on himself to deliver.

In an interview with 'Access Hollywood', he said: “There's always a little bit of pressure, but mostly put on myself. It couldn't be a nicer, more welcoming crowd and I can say that from experience, because [the] first time I came here, I actually had never been on Broadway and I said, 'Guys, I can't do that.'

“And they said, 'Don't worry, they'll be very welcoming.' I didn't really believe [it] until I walked out and I was amazed. So, I'm excited.”

The ceremony, held at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, has a star-studded guest list which includes such as Neil Patrick Harris, Chris O'Dowd and Bryan Cranston, all of whom are hoping to be honoured for their Broadway performances.

Hugh hinted he had a few surprise gimmicks up his sleeve for the ceremony, teasing, “I've got a lot of surprises in store.”

He joked that his 'X-Men' character Wolverine will only come out, “if someone's cell phone goes off”.

Meanwhile, the 'Les Miserables' actor is going to be back on stage in New York this autumn with 'The River' from Jez Butterworth.

He explained: “I'm so excited about 'The River'. It's a beautiful play. It's very kind of deep and mysterious. It's very intimate, about a man and a woman and a moonless night up in a cabin on the cliff side and it all takes place in one night. It's about love, loneliness. It's about everything including fishing.” – Bang Showbiz

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