Hugh Jackman Gears Up To Host The Tonys

Hugh Jackman heads into 'The Late Show with David Letterman,' at the Ed Sullivan Theater, NYC, June 4, 2014 Hugh Jackman heads into 'The Late Show with David Letterman,' at the Ed Sullivan Theater, NYC, June 4, 2014

Hugh Jackman returns to host The Tony Awards this Sunday on CBS, and he’s feeling the heat.

“There’s always a little bit of pressure, but mostly put on myself,” Hugh told Access Hollywood on Thursday. “It couldn’t be a nicer, more welcoming crowd and I can say that from experience, because [the] first time I came here, I actually had never been on Broadway and I said, ‘Guys, I can’t do that.’ And they said, ‘Don’t worry, they’ll be very welcoming.’ I didn’t really believe [it] until I walked out and I was amazed. So, I’m excited.”

The “X-Men: Days of Future Past” star said he has a few tricks up his sleeve for Sunday’s show.

“I’ve got a lot of surprises in store,” he said.

Hugh’s “X-Men” film was a huge hit at the box office, but don’t expect any cameos from his Marvel character, Wolverine.

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Wolverine will come out, “only if someone’s cellphone goes off. … I’m kidding,” Hugh laughed.

This fall, Hugh returns to the Broadway stage in “The River,” from Jez Butterworth. The play co-stars Laura Donnelly, one of the actors from Starz’ upcoming “Outlander” television drama.

“I’m so excited about ‘The River.’ It’s a beautiful play,” Hugh said. “It’s very kind of deep and mysterious. It’s very intimate, about a man and a woman and a moonless night up in a cabin on the cliff side and it all takes place in one night. It’s about love, loneliness. It’s about everything including fishing.”

-- Jolie Lash

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