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February 20, 2009

Jackman rehearsing, not naked or drunk

Hugh Jackman intends to start the morning with adult beverages and continue swilling and losing his inhibitions right on up to show time of the "81st Annual Academy Awards," logging his first (and maybe last) hosting gig "drunk and naked."

Well, that's what he said. But he jests.

Is somebody getting punchy? Too many late night rehearsals? Or is it just his own brand of Aussie Oscar humor? It is funny. Read the full CNN interview here.

Watch the video, though, to see a slightly more reverent Jackman going through some steps for Sunday's live three-plus-hour telecast. (Is this an ABC-created promo?) He compares this gig to being a 100-meter sprinter at the Olympics and says he's taken professional tumbles before, "but if I fall on my ass this time everyone's going to remind me about it for the rest of my life."

True dat.

He's determined not to be the guy who's standing on stage saying, "Uma, Oprah. Oprah, Uma." And he wants to enjoy himself. Let's hope we can all have some fun.


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He is too gray when not naked of drunk.

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