Wednesday 21 March 2018

Jackman undergoes second cancer op

Hugh Jackman urged his fans to protect themselves against skin cancer
Hugh Jackman urged his fans to protect themselves against skin cancer

Hugh Jackman has thanked doctors after undergoing a second operation to remove skin cancer from his nose.

The X-Men star - who revealed in November 2013 he had had surgery after being diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma - posted a picture of himself with a plaster on his nose on Instagram and urged his social media followers to wear sunscreen to protect themselves against cancer.

Hugh tweeted: "Huge thanks to Dr. Arian and Dr. Born for operating on my nose until 10:20pm!

"Another Basel Cell Carsinoma [sic]. All out now. Thanks Dr. Albom and Dr. Arian. PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN!"

The 45-year-old father-of-two revealed last year he got checked out after his wife Deborra-Lee Furness urged him to see a doctor.

"Deb said to get the mark on my nose checked. Boy, was she right!" he said.

Meanwhile, the Les Miserables star is gearing up to host the Tony Awards, celebrating New York theatre, for the third time on June 8.

Hugh said: "It's like the Olympics for an athlete or the Super Bowl for a football player. You want to do your best, and, of course, you only get one shot at it. But they're the things you look back at at the end of the day and say, 'I'm glad I had a go at that.

"I've done it three times, the Tonys. For me it's one of the best shows out there. It is one of the most accepting, generous audiences you can ever get at Radio City Music Hall. I never take for granted how lucky I am to be embraced by that community. After all, I'm an Aussie, but I've always felt at home there."

The Tony-winner also revealed: "I'm going back to Broadway. I'm doing a play called The River, a Jez Butterworth play. So I'm really looking forward to treading the boards here on Broadway."

The play, the follow up to Butterworth's award-winning hit Jerusalem, is about a trout fisherman in a remote cabin who is visited by two of the women in his life. It was first seen in London in 2012.

The River will be Hugh's fourth appearance on Broadway. He was last there with a one-man show in 2011 that routinely sold out the 1,176-seat Broadhurst Theatre. He also starred in The Boy From Oz in 2003 and the play A Steady Rain with Daniel Craig in 2009.

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