It's common knowledge that Hugh Jackman is one of the most likable guys on the Hollywood scene. This is a man who spends a bunch of his free time giving back to communities and children's hospitals, and also the kind of actor who takes the entire cast and crew of his movie (X Men: Days Of Future Past in this case) to the cinema, before laying on a monumental feast. All just to say thank you.
In an industry full to the brim with absolute jerks and personalities with ridiculous egos, an actor like Hugh is a rarity. And last Saturday, the Australian proved this very fact once again.
Spending his weekend chilling out in the sun on Sydney's Bondi Beach after a long stint promoting his latest flick Eddie The Eagle, Jackman showcased his superhero capabilities when he did some lifesaving in real life.
It all went down like this: Beachgoers were swimming in the water when they were unexpectedly caught by a strong riptide, including Hugh's son Oscar. Noticing a disaster unfolding, Jackman promptly jumped in and helped to save the struggling people, whilst beckoning others away from the dangerous current flowing out into the ocean.
'He just went into full on Hugh Jackman mode'
Daniel Conn, a former National Rugby League star, recalled chatting to Hugh at the moment the tide suddenly changed. He said:
“Oscar got caught up with it so I swam out to go and get him and bring him back but he got caught up in it again and [Hugh] just went into full on Hugh Jackman mode. He got Oscar and he also helped some other people too, it was amazing.”
The North Bondi Surf Live Saving Club was similarly impressed, issuing a statement over its Instagram account that reiterated the severity of what went down that day in the water — and naturally, the club also extended a big thank-you to the brave actor. The above image was captioned with:
WELL DONE to Patrol 13 captained by Rosie Taliano & Tom Bunting this afternoon who completed 43 rescues in total with only a limited 12 patrolling members rostered on. There were also 3 rescues in the morning completed by Patrol 10. A big THANK YOU to Waverley Duty Officers, @brontesurfclub, @bondisblsc, @bondilifeguards and @surfrescue30 for your extra assistance. The beach had to be closed due to dangerous conditions, multiple rescues happening all at once and limited resources. @thehughjackman was also spotted assisting with rescues! Thanks Hugh.
Nice one, mate! Here's a short clip of the moment Hugh engaged in some off-screen heroics:
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