In fact, one of them, “Wolverine” hunk Hugh Jackman, had a big surprise for Winfrey on Tuesday (December 14), when he slid down a cable from the top of the iconic Sydney Opera House toward a giant outdoor stage set up for broadcast. But, according to a Reuters report, the stunt went wrong and Jackman failed to stop his ascent in time and crashed into the stage’s lighting rig, smashing his face in the process.
"That was so much fun, until the end," Jackman joked. "I came down waving to everyone, looking over Sydney Harbor, saw my dad, the kids and you [Winfrey], went to pull the brake and then boing." Appearing later in the broadcast with a small bandage under one of his eyes, Jackman, whose two children were in the audience, told Winfrey that the excitement of sliding down the cable onto the stage caused him to hit the brake too late.
The actor reportedly suffered a black eye and was seen holding some ice to his face and taking a swig of red wine following the accident. Ever the professional, he shook off the mishap and appeared in a segment in which he gave Oprah some pointers on eating Vegemite, a traditional Australian spread made from black yeast.
This is from a conversation that I had with a friend last night:
9:30:52 PM Chris Duncan: “Rumors “flying” that Hugh Jackman will ride along a zip wire from the Opera House to Oprah’s stage. Full report tomorrow morning on EW.com.”
9:30:55 PM Chris Duncan: that tweet rules
9:31:12 PM Chris Duncan: I’d like to get some of the pople that are extremely excited about that in one room
9:31:19 PM Chris Duncan: and hear some of their other thoughts about life