Hugh Jackman talks Sarah Jessica Parker’s near-wardrobe malfunction at Tonys

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SJP almost let it all hang out at the Tonys.

In a new interview with Variety, Hugh Jackman spoke about his Broadway debut in “The Boy From Oz” — and the memorable 2004 Tonys when he brought Sarah Jessica Parker on stage almost to have her dress fall down.

“I really felt for her that night. I could tell those boobs were about to come out!” the “Wolverine” star said of the strapless Dior dress Parker wore during their musical performance.

In a clip from the Tonys that year, Jackman, who played Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen in “Oz,” busted out gold lamé trousers and a leopard print shirt for his musical routine, gyrating with a laugh before looking down at the audience.

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Parker clutched the top of her ballerina-style dress on stage to prevent a wardrobe malfunction.
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“I feel like a little ‘Sex and the City’,” he said. “Hello, Sarah Jessica! Very nice, you look gorgeous.”

He then held out a hand, inviting the future “And Just Like That” star — who was sitting in the front row — up on stage.

“She looks like a ballerina! Are you a dancer?” Jackman (in character as Allen) said as Parker, wearing a full-skirted, tutu-style frock, nervously replied “no.”

The actor, who recently starred in Broadway’s “The Music Man,” then suggests, “Let’s do something for Matthew [Broderick].”

“Now come on darling, all you have to do is a little bit with the hips,” he said, grabbing the “Hocus Pocus” star’s hand as the two showed off some dance moves, with Parker clutching and readjusting the top of her dress during the hilarious moment.

She put her high-heeled foot down, however, when Jackman encouraged her to copy the exaggerated “rodeo” motion he made with his arm. “I’m scared of my top,” she said. “This is the wrong network!”

However, Jackman told Variety he’d suffered his own wardrobe snafus.

Sharing that he’d been bulking up to reprise his role of Wolverine for “Deadpool 3,” the actor said his “Music Man” costumes had to be adjusted several times to accommodate his new muscles.

“The other night, I could hear the Velcro go creaking and [it] actually popped open,” he said. “I’ve split two pairs of pants.”

Despite his split trousers, Jackman won a Tony for lead actor in a musical for his role in “The Music Man,” his second Tony in the category.

As for his Broadway debut, “The most fun I ever had was playing Peter Allen,” Jackman told Variety, and based on his show-stopping (and almost boob-popping) Tonys performance, it’s clear why.

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Jackman’s latest project, “The Son,” premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.
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