Hugh Jackman admits to wetting his pants onstage, karaoke with Sparkles


Hugh Jackman is still doing the publicity rounds for Real Steel, which debuted at #1 last weekend at the domestic box office with a $27 million box-office take. This movie tour has taken an interesting turn for the worse, however, and it’s a damn good thing that Jackman is the self-deprecating type, for he’s admitted that his early stage work was plagued by certain embarrassing difficulties; that is, he nearly wet his pants onstage:

“The first show I ever did, singing and dancing, was Beauty and the Beast. I was playing Gaston,” Jackman, 42, tells Rachael Ray in an interview airing Friday. “Gaston has red tights, knee high boots, and it’s very physical. I had headaches everyday for two months. I went to an astropath [psychic] and he said ‘Well, you’re dehydrated.’ So of course [following his advice] I had four liters of water,” says Jackman of his 1996 theater days in Melbourne, Australia.

“I go down to the stage, getting ready for my first number … and I’m like I really need to go again. [The routine is] the most cardiovascular song I’ve ever done: literally I’m picking up Belle and as I pick her up, I stopped singing and right in that moment I realized the muscles you need to release in order to sing are the ones you do not want to release if you need to go,” the actor tells Ray.

Urinating on stage in front of the audience, Jackman says he had to forgo the number in order to relieve himself.

“I’m carrying her [over one shoulder] not singing, and she’s going ‘What’s going on? What’s going on?’ So finally, it’s embarrassing at this point. I’ve not sung an entire verse.”

[From Us Magazine]

At least he admits it, right? He’s not alone either, and there’s nothing quite like bringing awareness to the such widely-spread issues, but more on that later. For the moment, I’d like to bring your attention to the fact that, according to Jackman, Robert Pattinson is a very disinterested flight passenger. In addition, Sparkles is also very game for Japanese karaoke:



Back in 2009, there was a report that Hugh Jackman and Robert Pattinson hung out at a karaoke bar in Japan together. Now, more than two years later, MTV News heard the tale straight from Jackman himself, who stopped by our offices to chat about Real Steel.

“I actually did karaoke with Rob. That’s random, isn’t it? We were on our way to Japan, and he was promoting [Twilight] and I didn’t talk to him at all on the flight, because he’s this really tall guy with a hood over his head literally, and every time I’d go to the bathroom, I’d be like, ‘Man, that guy takes some serious sleeping pills,’ because this was him [slumps over] the whole time.”

But the twosome quickly went from strangers on a plane to friends at a bar. “When he got out, I was like, ‘Hey, man,’ and Baz Luhrmann was also on the flight because we were promoting Australia. So we went out to this Japanese karaoke bar, and we invited Rob, and he came. And it was so much fun. Man, he’s got a voice. Really soulful.”

Jackman expanded a bit on the night’s debauchery, revealing what really goes on at a Japanese karaoke bar, for the uninitiated.

“The first thing you do is you get inside this room, the doors are closed, and there’s, like, eight of you. So it feels a little weird. And then all of a sudden, they open, and they bring in these boxes, which are basically [full of] dress-up [clothes], and it’s all girls’ clothes. I was a schoolgirl, Baz got dressed up, and Rob did not. He was too cool for school.”

[From MTV]

I can totally believe that Rob was too cool to get properly dressed up for karaoke, but it’s also interesting to note that he did get all dolled up in clown drag for one scene of Water for Elephants, complete with Sparkles nipples. Ugh. I just grossed myself out with the memory.

At any rate, I’d like to emphasize that Hugh’s story of semi-public urinary troubles will resonate with his already substantial female fanbase. After all, most women who have borne a child will realize that the bladder gets pretty knocked around in the process, so subsequent precautions are a necessity. Also, I will never look at Jackman beach play (i.e., watersports) pictures the same way in the future…




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  1. Paola says:

    God bless bless BLESS his wife =.=’

  2. Astrid says:

    Great post, thanks! Made my day to learn I’m not the only one rushing to the bathroom from time to time…

  3. the original bellaluna says:

    I ADORE him!!! (But I think I’ve made that clear.) He can do no wrong in my eyes…

    …except maybe karaoke with Sparkles.

    But other than that! (I wish I’d seen him in Beauty and the Beast – he’d be an EXCELLENT Gaston, I think.)

  4. Dorothy#1 says:

    LOVE him!!!

  5. Quest says:

    I just adore him

  6. Samigirl says:

    “most women who have borne a child will realize that the bladder gets pretty knocked around in the process, so subsequent precautions are a necessity.”
    SPOT. ON.

    I pissed myself in WalMart trying to find my 4 week old formula because I ran out of breast milk. Thank GOD I was wearing dark, loose jeans. With THIS pregnancy, I have to take off my pants while I run to the bathroom because I pee myself when I puke.

    My point is…I like a man who admits he pissed himself :)

  7. mia girl says:

    I’ve been watching lots of Hugh as he makes the rounds. Each interview is charming. And his impression of Daniel Radcliffe on SNL was great. I love love him. I even went to see that robot movie (under the guise of taking my 8 yr old son ha)!

    And karaoke with Jackman and Pattinson?! Just add Viggo, McAvoy and McGregor and it’s the boy band of my dreams.

  8. gloaming says:

    A bit of advice Hugh, You know when you think it’ll be fun to go outside and play with your offspring on a trampoline?


  9. Melissa says:

    Oh boy, by him stating that he dressed like a schoolgirl for karaoke, he just started even more gay rumors. lol Love him

  10. madpoe says:

    Awww Hugh can do whatever he’d like to do..still a handsome son of a gun!

  11. Aviatrix says:

    Considering Hugh has a great voice, that was a really nice compliment towards Rob. Love the humility and generosity of him. He can do no wrong!

  12. sapphire says:

    This guy is my ultimate crush!

    And sad news-my childless friends in their 50s tell me gravity gets to them too.

  13. Jessica says:

    Your headline is misleading. He said he *almost* wet him pants, not that he did….

  14. podzol says:

    @Jessica: Am sure Hugh did wet his pants. He hilariously told the story on this aussie talk show a couple of years ago:

    @Samigirl: Aw, I have much much empathy for you. Am sure the part after the birth will make it all worth it :)

  15. Delta Juliet says:

    @samigirl….I hear ya LOL With my second pregnancy, I peed everytime I puked. And I puked A LOT in 40 weeks! Ain’t it great :D

    OTOH, could I love Hugh any more than I already do? I don’t think so!

  16. layla says:

    I heart Hugh.

  17. Linnie says:

    I’m never going into the same pool with Hugh Jackman. Just sayin’.

  18. Chereth Cutestory says:

    There’s nothing I don’t like about Hugh Jackman. He’s a decent person, he can sing, he can act, he can dance, he loves his kids and his wife, he’s absolutely gorgeous and has a slammin’ bod. There is no bad here.

  19. Obvious says:

    Love him. how does anyone NOT love him?

  20. smh says:

    he hasn’t aged well at all.

  21. almond says:

    Damn, that is a fine piece of ass.

  22. the original bellaluna says:

    Samigirl – I’d love to tell you it gets better after the birth, but it may not. I was fine after my first 2, but this third…oh dear me. I laugh too hard (whoops!) a leak. I cough too much (whoops!) a leak. I barf (whoops!) a leak. I’m seriously considering that botox or whatever-it-is face-filler therapy they are saying “helps.”

  23. Victoria says:

    Karoke with Sparkles is hot. I am not Rpattz groupie. I think he is rather fugly, but then again Idris Elba is more my type of eye candy.

    BUT. I would totally sex Rob if I had the opportunity and was a skank (well may even though I’m not) for his voice alone. When he sings, my heart just aches and my soul gets all weepy. Sure he is a bit hard to understand kind of like Bob Dylan on crack but seriously, his voice moves the fuck out of me.

    Checkout Let Me Sign on Youtube or Broke. Hotness.

  24. CeeCee says:

    I’d let him pee on me.

  25. the original bellaluna says:

    And as if you needed a reason to love him more, he’s the voice of Roddy in Flushed Away.

  26. Emily says:

    I saw him in Beauty and the Beast. I was 8, so I was too young to fully appreciate his hotness, but my mum and her friend did. I wonder if I should tell her about his dilemma…