Hugh Jackman told nydailynews.com that he started getting ready for his sixth outing as the Wolverine while he as still working on Les Mis. According to him, he started packing on the muscle pounds as soon as he finished his prison scene in the musical last year. But he didn’t just talk muscles and Wolverine, he also spoke of New York and his fans.
About getting ready for Wolverine, Jackman said, “I started preparing the moment I finished that first prison scene. So I shot that and then I started putting on size and the costume had to hide that. Pointing to his stomach, he added, “I had to wear a bit of a fat suit here, so it didn’t look like Jean Valjean was getting jacked.”
The 44 year-old Australian actor not only went the distance for his sixth portrayal of the metal clawed, self healing X-men mutant, but he’s working currently on his seventh time in the sideburns and cigar welding hero in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The Wolverine actor revealed his secret to getting that bulging and cut look for the screen. A 6000 calorie-a-day diet of boiled chicken and a 30 hour dehydration before guzzling down a glycerin and honey (or Coke) mixture to make his veins pop and his muscles bulge for those fight scenes!
After Jackman explains that it’s an old bodybuilder trick, he quickly says, “Kids, don’t try this at home.”
The latest adventure of Wolverine takes place after the events of the 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand. Logan will take on ninjas, yakuza gangsters and an acid-spitting mutant called Viper.
Jackman was an unknown actor working in the London stage version of Oklahoma when he was cast as a replacement for the original actor who was to play Wolverine. The popularity of the film saw the aussie get catapulted into one of the hottest properties in the world.
He is now on the Forbes list of show business’s highest earners, he came in at number three, just under number one spot-holder Robert Downey Jr and number two the heart-throb Channing Tatum.
Despite Jackman’s high earning prowess, he’s in no hurry to leave the X-Men verse. He said of Wolverine, “I love this character and I never take for granted the opportunity I have to play what I think is one of the cooler, more interesting, multilayered comic book characters.”
His fans seem to agree. They all love Hugh Jackman’s muscles, his portrayal of Wolverine and his New York fans love him in a very subdued fashion.
But Jackman also knows there is a negative side to all this adulation from fans and attention from the paparazzi. There are the constant allegations that he is a closet gay as well as the stalkers and getting stopped in the streets of New York by fans.
In July this year, Jackman and his wife Deborah Furness went onto the Australian TV show 60 minutes in an attempt to stop the gay rumours once and for all and earlier in the year, in April, a mentally challenged woman named Katherine Thurston approached the Wolverine star with an electric razor outside his Greenwich Village gym. When she was arrested Thurston told police she wanted to marry the star.
Then there are the paps and fans in New York.
Jackman says he’s fine with the paparazzi who camp outside of his apartment, but it does bother him a lot about the focus on his kids. He said, “I made the decision as an adult to become an actor and on some level you’re stupid if you don’t realize that this comes with it…but my kids didn’t ask for it.”
But he doesn’t mind the fans at all. Especially his fellow New Yorkers. He says that his fellow citizens in the “Big Apple” are pretty cool. He explained, “The classic New York comment is, ‘Hey man, how are you? I liked your work in that film.’ And then they walk on, it’s cool.”
But Jackman says that the “out-of-towners” are a bit of a problem, though. He says, “I have a funny feeling that to get a photo with a celebrity is even greater than climbing the Empire State Building. I see people just behave appallingly. Even if I say, ‘I’m with my family,’ there are tourists who are like, ‘Uh huh, I don’t care.’”
So tourists, get your act together, okay?
In his latest Wolverine film, Jackman is pleased that he can prowl the streets of Tokyo, Japan and not get noticed. He was in the super busy Shinjuku Station, working on a short sequence for his sixth outing as a mutant.
Jackman pointed out that while filming his character jumping out from behind a vending machine, none of the transient people who filled the station batted an eye. He said, “I’ve never seen anything like it! Literally a sea of people coming out, and not one stopped and asked for an autograph.”
So if you ever wanted to know about Hugh Jackman, his muscles, and New York, you could talk to him outside his gym. Just don’t hold an electric razor in your hand as you approach him. Okay?
By Michael Smith