Los Angeles, September 29: What can interrupt Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman’s theater acting is nothing but a cell phone! The highly-accomplished stage actors stopped in the middle of their Broadway play “A Steady Rain” when a cell phone call interrupted their preview performance.
The high profile film stars Jackman and Craig are starring together in the police drama “A Steady Rain” on Broadway. The drama by playwright Keith Huff officially opens on Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre for a strictly limited 12 week engagement through Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
A preview performance of “A Steady Rain” came to a halt recently after an audience member’s cellphone started ringing, The Associated Press reports. The moment captured on an amateur video shows the Australian actor breaking character to ask the ringing cellphone owner to stop the phone from ringing.
After the ringing cellphone interrupted a tense moment in last week’s preview performance of the play, Jackman stepped out of his character, a Chicago policeman, turned to the disturbance and said: "You want to get that?"
The video of the incident was posted on video sharing website YouTube on Monday.
"Grab your phone, it doesn't matter," the video shows him saying as the ringing continues.
"Come on, just turn it off ... we can wait. Just get the phone," Jackman continues as the audience cheers on his remark.
"Don't be embarrassed. Just grab it," he adds.
But, the theatergoer apparently did not want to reach for the phone at risk of being embarrassed. After several rings, it stopped and the play resumed.
Cellphone ringing interrupted the show before
This is not the first time the cellphone ringing has interrupted the show, instead the same incident had occurred and the line was used at a preview on Sept. 19, during Craig’s monologues. He too stepped out of character to tell the audience, “You want to get that?”
While the 40-year-old Jackman is returning to Broadway after his hit 2004 musical "The Boy from Oz," in which he won a Tony Award for his performance as Peter Allen, Craig is making his Broadway debut.
Huff’s "A Steady Rain" is a new American play about two Chicago policemen who are lifelong friends and their differing accounts of a few days change their lives forever.
Jackman, best known as the superhero Wolverine in the "X-Men" movies, and 41-year-old Craig, Hollywood's latest James Bond, are among some renowned film personalities appearing on Broadway this year, including Geoffrey Rush, Catherine Zeta Jones, Sienna Miller, and Jude Law.