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February 11, 2009

Hugh Jackman as party host, stunned mullet


Why all this hubbub about prepping for a three-hour, live-on-national-TV Oscar-hosting gig? Sexiest Man Alive and newcomer to the job Hugh Jackman doesn't seem to be stressed out about it at all.

"I'm going to wing it!"

He did say that, but he was just kidding. You can practically see him quaking in his wingtips from all the pressure building around the Feb. 22 telecast.

In his first interview, with ABC online, he recreates the "stunned mullet" look he had when he was awakened from a deep sleep and asked to take on the famous double-edge-sword emcee role. He couldn't believe it -- he really couldn't believe it!

Without giving any real specifics, he said he thinks his role is to move the show along, be ready for spontaneous moments and make everyone feel like they're having fun. You know, like at a party. (Albeit one where everybody is stiff, anxious and Spanx-ed to within an inch of their lives).

Hat tip to InContention for rooting out the video. Watch it here.


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