Hugh Jackman reckons that the high quality of TV shows in recent years has forced Hollywood movies to improve in order to tempt people out of their homes and into cinemas.

The Australian actor also feels that prestige TV helped his latest film, The Greatest Showman, to be a better movie.

He told Collider: "There's been now for a while this belief and this commitment to giving people more than they expect, changing things up, taking some risk.

"The landscape in TV has been changing so rapidly and there's such high quality - high-quality writing and acting - and that it's inevitable.

"If we're gonna convince people to go out to a cinema, we have to give them more than they're gonna get at home."

In the new movie, which also stars Zac Efron and Zendaya, Jackman plays PT Barnum, and the 49-year-old had to have his stitches from skin cancer redone after he sing a particular line during rehearsals for the musical.

He said: "There was a lot riding on the final read through, but I'd had a skin cancer removed from my nose the day before and my surgeons said I must not on any account sing because it could rupture the 80 stitches.

"A stand-in was going to sing my part, but when it came to the big final number I was so taken up by the moment that I sang my heart out.

"When I finished it was a good showbiz moment and everyone was happy but there was blood trickling down my face and I had to be re-stitched. But, it was so worth it!"

Here's our interview with The Greatest Showman director, Michael Gracey: