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Hugh Jackman Escapes Houdini Musical

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03:  Actor Hugh Jackman attends David Lynch Foundation Presents: "Change Begins Within" Benefit Gala at Conrad New York on December 3, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

The upcoming Houdini musical would have been a perfect combination of Hugh Jackman's three loves: singing, dancing, and getting punched in the abdomen so hard, your internal organs rupture. Sadly, the Wolverine actor must bow out of the upcoming Broadway show due to his many film commitments. We can't blame Jackman for bailing; original librettist Aaron Sorkin also left the production this past January. Plus after the whole Spider-Man: Turn Of the Dark fiasco, what actor wants to be the first to test out the Houdini submersion tank? Or be buried alive onstage? Not our boy Hugh. He's learned his lesson about live stunts.

Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/2013 Getty Images