Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Well at least he's honest

If you've got a few thousand dollars just sitting around, you might want to use it to make a donation to New York City's Summit School for children with learning difficulties. OK, so you're not convinced. Well, how about if your donation also happened to secure you a hot, sweaty session with Hugh Jackman and his meaty man-chest?

Remember that episode of Friends where Joey argued with Phoebe that there was no such thing as a truly selfless act? Hugh's obviously on Joey's side, since he's offering up his own body in order to incentivise generous giving.

According to, the winner of the charity auction will get the chance to "train side-by-side for one hour with Hugh and his fitness guru Don Scott of Jim Karas Personal Training" in a private Manhattan gym. Since Hugh was recently named as People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive", this is clearly loosening the wallets of New York's finest.

Bidding's already at $14,500, and is expected to reach $25,000 before the auction closes. It probably helps that Hugh has even offered to whip off his sweat-drenched T-shirt to enhance the mood, commenting "Sure [I'll work out shirtless]! No problem. You know me, I'm a whore. I think I was shirtless for the whole time in my first movie in Australia and I think I only made about $4,000."

Clearly the world's oldest profession is something that Jackman is perfectly comfortable with, since his description of the experience can easily be misinterpreted as being about something other than squats and crunches: "If someone comes in and says, ‘I want to try it exactly how you train. I want to just go as hard as we can,' we'll go there. But if you want to come and have a light sweat, want to have a bit of fun, maybe an autograph or two, you can do that as well."

Although it's interesting to see a celebrity offering themselves up so freely in support of something they believe in, it's not entirely unique. Only last week Dutch porn star Bobbi Eden announced on Twitter that she would "give a BJ to all my followers" if Netherlands won the World Cup at the weekend.

She even drafted in several of her friends to help take up the slack, since her offer would have meant servicing over 23,000 loyal followers. Thankfully Holland's failure on Sunday clearly spared her a nasty case of lockjaw and several weeks in a neckbrace.

Still, if Hugh's willing to 'go as hard as he can' and build up a sweat with an enamoured fan, it would be churlish to deny him the opportunity. On an entirely unrelated note, can anyone lend me $20,000?

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