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November 07, 2014 11:30 AM

Where are those Wolverine claws when you need them?

Hugh Jackman sliced the tip of his finger onstage during a Wednesday night preview performance of his Broadway show The River, reps for both Jackman and the Circle in the Square Theatre confirm to PEOPLE.

The actor, who stars as a recluse and fisherman in the stage drama, accidentally cut himself with a knife while chopping a lemon around half an hour into the performance and bled noticeably for an hour.

But that didn’t stop the four-time Tony Awards host, who grabbed a towel and – in the great tradition of the theater – carried on.

The star, 46, was examined by medics but didn’t need stitches, and even signed autographs for fans after the show. He is due to perform Friday night as scheduled.

In preparation for the Jez Butterworth play, which officially opens Nov. 16, Jackman has been practicing gutting fish, which he’ll do every night on stage in one of the show’s scenes.

Ever the dedicated showman, he recently told the crowd at a TimesTalk event in Manhattan: “Don’t worry. I’m going to make you love gutting fish.”

The New York Post was the first to report the news.

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