updated 12/14/2010 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 12/14/2010 AT 7:30 AM ET
The Australian actor, 42, flew on a zip-line cable from the top sail of the famous landmark down to the stage, but hit the brakes too late, flipped up into a lighting rig and injured his right eye.
Winfrey immediately called for a break in filming, as paramedics rushed to the stage – but the injury was minor, and PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive 2008 was able to continue with his appearance after being tended to.
“That’s gonna swell,” said Winfrey, 56, as Jackman returned with a small piece of tape under his eye and a visible bruise beneath it. The actor then headed down into the front row to comfort his son, Oscar, 10, who was upset by the accident.
“That was so much fun until the end,” he said. Referring the Winfrey’s previous guest, he added with a laugh: “Bono was meant to do this, but they couldn’t afford the insurance.”