Transforming into Wolverine is as much a physical challenge as it is a theatrical one. Just ask the actor who has held the role for more than two decades, and will again be sporting a pair of Adamantium claws in Deadpool 3, Hugh Jackman.
He’s previously revealed how he puts his body through two-and-a-half hours a day workout sessions, while also saying that no chicken is safe when he’s in Wolverine mode.
Now, in an interview with The Late Show host Stephen Colbert, Jackman has expanded on just what it takes to get into Wolverine shape. He said that now he’s finished performing in the musical The Music Man, he’s slowly building up to the 6,000 calories per day he’ll need to consume ahead of filming.
‘I’m building up, I’m on about 4500-5000 calories at the moment. I wore a heart rate monitor as Harold Hill (in The Music Man) because my trainer said “I need to know what I’m working with here, because I’m trying to bulk you up.” I burned 1500 calories in the show, eight times a week. So she goes: “oh, you gotta eat.” So I was eating 4500 calories a day, it was not pretty. Now I’m just eating and training.’
Asked what his costume designers make of his increased diet, Jackman went on to reveal: ‘I split my pants three times.’
Last week, Jackman denied ever turning to pharmacological help to play Wolverine. The Aussie-born actor said: ‘I love my job. And I love Wolverine. I’ve got to be careful what I say here, but I had been told anecdotally what the side effects are of that. And I was like, “I don’t love it that much.” So no, I just did it the old school way.’
Via Men’s Health.