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Most people have trouble dancing well. Hugh Jackman found himself with the opposite problem.

In HBO’s “Bad Education,” Jackman disappeared into the character of Roslyn school superintendent Frank Tassone, down to the obsessive anti-aging facial rituals and Long Island accent. But there’s one hilarious meta scene where his identity as a Tony Award-winning song-and-dance man broke through the facade:

He had to dance poorly in convincing fashion.

Late in the film, which was inspired by a real-life 2002 school embezzlement scheme, Frank is in a bar with his boyfriend, Kyle (Rafael Casal), who tries to get him on the dance floor.

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Red flag: Frank won’t dance. Translation: The man who played P.T. Barnum in the 2017 film musical “The Greatest Showman” has to make believe he doesn’t want to dance.

Frank eventually goes along with his partner’s wishes. Second red flag: Frank’s not very good. He’s stiff and awkward. He seems to get one spin down, but doesn’t quite stick the landing. He’s rough.

The two-left-feet routine wasn’t easy for Jackman, who did plenty of dancing in his 2019 international concert tour, “Hugh Jackman. The Man. The Music. The Show.”

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Jackman, who won a Tony singing and dancing in 2004’s “The Boy From Oz” and received praise for film musicals such as “Les Miserables” and “The Greatest Showman,” found the humor in the situation, too. 

“At one point, (director Cory Finley) said, ‘Do some spins.’ So I did some spins and he goes, ‘Can you not land the spins like you’re doing?’ So, I said, ‘Let’s go again,'” Jackman says.  

In the film, Frank finally gets his groove on, at least a bit, and starts a pretty smooth spin – until it goes off course slightly at the end. 

“Exactly,” the dancer says, remembering the forced slip as if it were a fresh wound. “A little bit of a wobble.”

Jackman had better shake off that wobble quickly. He’s supposed to start rehearsals for “The Music Man” in June with Broadway previews starting in September. However, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, “No one really knows what’s going to happen.”

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