Exclusive Interview: Hugh Jackman Speaks Out About Skin Cancer

Hugh Jackman Skin Cancer
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Star regrets he had to cancel awards season events for 'Prisoners'

Hugh Jackman gave his first interview to Variety on Friday afternoon since announcing this week that doctors had removed skin cancer cells from his nose.

On Thursday, Jackman posted a snapshot on Instagram of his bandaged nose, telling his followers to use sunscreen. The 45-year-old actor said he had been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a treatable condition when discovered early.

“Look, I’m glad it’s all done,” Jackman said in a phone interview. “I’m a good example of making sure you get checkups and listening to your wife,” who urged Jackman to see a doctor after noticing a red spot.

“I’m glad we caught it,” Jackman added. “I had great doctors. I’m a little sore, but very relieved.”

After undergoing a medical procedure, Jackman regretted that he had to cancel several appearances in support of the awards campaign for Warner Bros.’ “Prisoners,” including panels for the Screen Actors Guild and a lunch for broadcast critics that was attended by his co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Melissa Leo and the film’s director, Denis Villeneuve, and scribe Aaron Guzikowski on Friday.

Jackman’s performance in “Prisoners” received strong reviews when the film opened in September and has landed Oscar buzz in this year’s best actor race.

Earlier today, Gyllenhaal said in an interview with Variety that “Prisoners,” a challenging R-rated drama that has grossed $115 million worldwide, would not have been made without Jackman as its star.

When told this and other compliments from his cast, Jackman deadpanned: “I should not turn up to more of these roundtables. They are never that nice to me in person.”

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  1. doc hou says:

    PLEASE GIVE US A BREAK….BASAL CELL CARCINOMA IS BARELY CALLED “CANCER”…this type of news is totally PITIFUL….

  2. Aeryn says:

    Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance ALSO received strong reviews and has landed Oscar buzz in the Supporting Actor race. And a lot of SAG buzz. Isn’t it so?

  3. Laura Patricia Muñoz Zavala says:

    Es triste que por dejar pasar el tiempo, ahora tenga que estar pasando por esta pesadilla. Pero no quedará de otra mas que enfrentarlo y resolver el problema. Esto implica que tal vez lo veamos menos para que él tenga que recuperarse. Todo sea por su salud.

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