Hugh Jackman's 'The Wizard of Oz' nightmares

Bang Showbiz

HUGH Jackman had nightmares "for weeks" after seeing 'The Wizard of Oz'.

The 'Pan' actor was left terrified after watching the classic movie as a child and even hid behind his seat for some time after the film finished.

He said: "My original nightmare was the Wicked Witch of the West, have you ever seen 'The Wizard of Oz'!? That was the first movie I ever saw and it gave me nightmares for weeks, that and the monkeys banging on the window. I actually climbed behind the seat and hid for half an hour!"

But the film wasn't the only think the 47-year-old hunk - who has children Oscar, 15, and Ava, 10, with wife Deborra-Lee Furness - was scared of when he was younger.

Speaking to 12-year-old reporter Hope, who was representing education charity Into Film, about the characters in 'Pan', he said: "I relate to Peter actually in this story. I was quite a fearful kid, I was quite outgoing but I was afraid of heights and afraid of the dark and it took me quite a while to believe in myself so I relate to him in that way."

Hope who attends Hackney New School, was given the chance to interview Hugh, Garrett Hedlund, Levi Miller and Rooney Mara as part of the Into Film Young Reporter programme.

The programme allows young people with a passion for film the chance to delve behind the scenes of the film industry by attending film events and interviewing film professionals. For more information, visit

Topics:  hugh jackman wizard of oz

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Footy dad: I can hold my head high

Geoffrey Whittaker says it's 'awesome' to see justice served after enduring a trial this week. He was found not guilty of assault.

'I'm glad I'm not the one that looks like the idiot any more'

Footy fight: Coach accused of spiteful, 'vicious' act

Geoffrey James Whittaker, who has pleaded not guilty to assault charges at a football carnival.

'Sometimes it's appropriate to defend oneself by striking first'

Dad 'head-butted' footy coach during kids' rugby carnival

Geoffrey Whittaker has pleaded not guilty two assault charges. The offences are alleged to have occurred during a children's football carnival in 2016.

Geoffrey James Whittaker pleads not guilty to two assault charges

Local Partners