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Hugh Jackman Hilariously Recounts the Worst 45 Minutes of His Life

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | December 17, 2013 | Comments ()


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This is from much earlier this year, but I stumbled upon it this morning, and because clips from Graham Norton’s British talk show often do not get the appropriate recognition they deserve stateside, I thought it’d be worth sharing. In it, Hugh Jackman describes the worst 45 minutes of his life, back when he was starting out as a presenter. He was asked to host the presentation of the New Year’s Eve fireworks, a 45-minute event for which he had no preparation.

What happened next …? I’ll let Hugh, that poor bastard, explain it.

Hugh Jackman (who apparently has not learned from his mistake) will host Christmas In Washington with President Obama, which will air on TNT this Friday night.

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  • Sara_Tonin00

    Billy Crystal almost made me spit take coffee on my laptop.

  • If Jackman ever turns out be a wife-beater, racist, drunk-driver, bigot, misogynist, or a fan of Love Actually, I will go to the locked room I keep in the back room of my soul, I will creep softly in, and I will smother the last remaining shred of faith in humanity I've got left.

  • BWeaves

    I'm OK if he's a fan of Love Actually. Can you just imagine the dance sequence if HE was Prime Minister instead of Hugh Grant?

  • Well then the entire film would probably be just his dance sequence. At which point I might like it.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    Well, Mr. Jackman, I once had to sit through nearly 2 hours of Wolverine: X-Men Origins.

    ZING!

  • Helo

    What was that sitting next to Hugh Jackman, and why does it look a Mickey Rourke skinned edition of Billy Crystal?

  • BWeaves

    That was what I was thinking.

  • narfna

    I love Graham Norton! I've been watching old shows on YouTube. I don't know if it's him, or the show, or the fact that it's British, but his guests are always so much more entertaining and less, I dunno, fake? than almost any show in America. (Stewart and Colbert are pretty good but the interviews are always so short.)

  • Sam Underwood

    Graham Norton is the best talk show, period. Conan and Fallon follow but I love Norton's setup and the way he engages his guests.

  • J4Sho

    I agree. Graham Norton is the only talk show I will watch. I don't really care about celebrities....half the time I don't even know why the people on his show are famous.....but he is hilarious himself and brings out the funny in his guests in a way that is a joy to watch.

    Oh! And the Big Red Chair is the best bit EVER!

  • BWeaves

    In the old days, Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas and Johnny Carson all used to keep the guests in front of the audience. They all just moved down one chair and let the new guest sit next to the host. But there was communication between everyone on stage. They didn't just sit their like lumps. I liked it much better.

    I don't know when they changed to the guest coming on and then leaving before the next guest, but I find it jarring, and rather boring. I feel like everyone is just on to plug their product and leave. Whereas if they hang around, they are more likely to ad lib something wonderful.

  • Sam Underwood

    Exactly. The interaction among guests is the highlight of the shows. When Benedict is sitting next to Harrison Ford (his idol growing up) and Ford says "I'm a huge fan of your work on Sherlock". The look on Benedict's face is just awe struck and perfect. You don't see that in American talk shows. Conan sometimes leaves the guests out there (the Nick Offerman and Lena Headly one comes to mind) but not nearly enough.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    I find Graham Norton himself to be very overly aggressive and not particularly forthcoming as a host, and there are better interviewers.

  • I concur.

    I really wish American talk show hosts could keep their guests together like Norton does. It creates a much friendlier atmosphere and surprising interactions you wouldn't otherwise see.

    Stateside, celebrities come on, do their scripted exchange, plug their movie or show and then leave. It's predictable to the point of depression.

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