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Hugh Jackman saves Zac Efron from burning building

The rescue was all in a day’s work for the heroic star.

Zac Efron and Hugh Jackman

Zac Efron has revealed he was rescued from a real-life burning building by Hugh Jackman when the pair was recently on set filming for their new movie The Greatest Showman.

The High School Musical star told MTV he didn’t realise the staged fire in the building had gotten out of control, and his co-star’s rescue was the real deal.

Zac explained the pair was shooting a scene that called for Hugh’s character, the legendary showman P.T Barnum, to carry his assistant Phillip (Zac) out of a burning house.

The 29-year-old said the reality of the situation only hit him after the shooting for the scene wrapped and he was watching on playback.

“We burst out of the building. It looked great on camera. We didn’t know it [at the time], but it was pretty intense. I watched playback, and he saved me from a burning building. It later exploded that night. It was a set, but it later burned down.”

"It was pretty awesome," he added."Hugh Jackman saving you from a burning building? It's every girl's dream."

It’s understood faulty pyrotechnics caused the building to go up in flames.

It’s clear Hugh and Zac have bonded over the course of shooting the musical film, with both featuring regularly on each other’s Instagram accounts.

The Greatest Show’s lead actor, 48-year-old Hugh, shared a sneak peak of the new movie to industry insiders at CinemaCon last Thursday.

According to reports, it the singing and dancing extravaganza has been met with great response, with some press going as far as to call the film the next La La Land.