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Hugh Jackman: Without Mick Jagger, I May Have Never Gotten Married

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Oct. 6 2011, Published 7:45 a.m. ET

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By Adam S. Levy Staff Writer

Who needs moves like Jagger when you’ve got moves like Jackman?

Actor Hugh Jackman, appearing on Thursday's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, recalled the story of how he first warmed up to his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness -- and how a key player in the deal was rock n’ roll legend Mick Jagger.

“Without him," said the Aussie-born X-Men Origins: Wolverine hunk star, "I may have never gotten married."

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The three-time Tony Award winner, 42, hosted a dinner party in Melbourne 16 years ago that his future wife was attending, though he wasn’t sure if she liked him yet. He said her cell phone rang -- a big deal back in 1995 -- and it was one of her friends, partying with the Rolling Stone in a limo parked outside, and inviting her to join them.

Her response?

"You can tell Mick Jagger to wait," the actor recalled her saying. "I'm talking to Hugh Jackman."

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"That sealed the deal," Jackman said of Furness, who he has two children with, daughter Eva and son Oscar. "But what was she thinking?"

Later in the episode, the pair “Rick-rolled” the audience, reviving the popular Internet trend out of nowhere as they launched into a perfectly synchronized dance of the 80s pop anthem.

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Jackman returns to Broadway for a 10-week run starting October 25 in Hugh Jackman -- Back on Broadway at New York’s Broadhurst Theater; he also stars in the film Real Steel, which is in theaters now.



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