Exclusive Interview: Hugh Jackman Speaks Out About Skin Cancer

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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