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Hugh Jackman scolds theatergoer for cell phone

By DNAinfo Staff on September 29, 2009 12:00am  | Updated on September 29, 2009 4:48am

One theatergoer went to a Broadway show expecting to see Hugh Jackman. Instead, he got Wolverine.

Jackman broke character on stage to yell at an audience member whose cell phone kept ringing during a preview performance Wednesday of "A Steady Rain," a show co-starring Daniel Craig.

"You want to get that?" Jackman said to the owner of the cell phone after several rings.

In a video of the incident posted on TMZ.com, both Jackman and Craig look visibly upset as the phone rings several more times after the "X-Men" star's initial admonishment. The crowd remained silent during the awkward moment.

"Come on, just turn it off," Jackman told the person as the rest of the crowd erupted with applause.

Once the ringing stopped, Jackman paced back and forth on the stage for a few moments before resuming with the play.

Since the incident, ushers who seat patrons and pass out playbills at Schoenfeld are also instructing patrons to silence their phones, according to the Associated Press. A loudspeaker announcement customarily reminds theatergoers to turn off their phones.

"A Steady Rain'' opens Tuesday for a limited engagement through Dec. 6. The play by Keith Huff has been playing to capacity audiences since it began previews on Sept. 10.

Jackman is best known for his portrayal of the character Wolverine in the "X-Men" movies, but he's no stranger to the stage. He won a Tony Award in 2004 for his performance as Peter Allen in the musical "The Boy from Oz.''

Craig, who's the latest star of the James Bond movies, is making his Broadway debut.