Zac Efron Recalls Moment He Nearly Died During Outing With Hugh Jackman

Zac Efron admitted a bike ride with Hugh Jackman very nearly ended in disaster as the pair spoke out about their new movie “The Greatest Showman” on Sunday’s “Graham Norton Show” New Year’s Eve special.

Efron, 30, recalled the moment he came face-to-face with a double-decker bus while out and about in London with Jackman, 49.

“I cycled with him in London but I’m not one to ride a bike early in the morning in traffic so it turned out to be quite dangerous,” the former “High School Musical” star explained.

“I followed Hugh around a few cars and suddenly there was a double-decker bus right in front of me. I slammed on the brakes, went under the front tyre and narrowly missed death,” he added.

Efron continued: “Hugh was on the other side of the road and stuck up his thumb and just said, ‘You good? Let’s go.’”

As the pair chatted to Norton, 54, alongside co-star Zendaya, 21, Jackman also discussed the moment his stitches burst open on set after he had some skin cancer removed from his nose back in February.

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He explained: “There was a lot riding on the final read-through — there were a lot of people there with chequebooks — but I’d had a skin cancer removed from my nose the day before and my surgeons said I must not on any account sing because it could rupture the 80 stitches.”

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Jackman, who was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma in 2013, went on: “A stand-in was going to sing my part, but when it came to the big final number I was so taken up by the moment that I sang my heart out.”

He added: “When I finished it was a good showbiz moment and everyone was happy but there was blood trickling down my face and I had to be re-stitched. But it was so worth it.”

The tell-all interview also saw Efron confess he made Michael Jackson cry once while chatting to the pop superstar on the phone.

Revealing his shock that he’d been handed the phone during a dinner, Efron admitted he’d burst into tears after telling his idol just how much he loved him.

After realizing it was “Zac from ‘High School Musical,'” Jackson was equally as starstruck and Efron said he then told the singer: “Thanks for showing me how to dance, how to believe in myself, how to shine…” which resulted in the pair both sobbing down the phone together.

“The Greatest Showman” is in theatres now.

Watch the cast talk to ET Canada about the movie in the clip below:



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