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Hugh Jackman Accused of Spreading ‘Harmful Male Body Image Issues’ After Claiming His Wolverine Body is Natural and Not Steroids

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The Wolverine of our generation: Hugh Jackman, began his tenure with a role that would elevate him from the obscurity of television badlands into the smack-dab center of the Hollywood industry. Within 5 years of his career taking flight in Australia, the actor had earned the role of the Adamantium-clawed mutant superhero in the 2000 film, X-Men. This film would then go on to become the first and foremost story in the multiple-chapter saga of the convoluted Foxverse narrative.

But once all the glamor wears off, the skeletal structure standing in front of the green screen is comprised of an actor who looks and talks the part of the superhero he is meant to play. But in an era that is now run by technological innovation and mastery over visual effects, how much of the actor standing in front of the green screen armed with tracking spots can be claimed as real?

Hugh Jackman establishes the genesis of Marvel superhero in the 21st century
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

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Hugh Jackman Becomes the Subject of Steroid Controversy

The Aussie actor has claimed the hearts and minds of comic book lovers and CBM franchise enthusiasts all over the world. And this extends not merely to the Wolverine actor’s part in the expansive 17-year arc spanning 9 films, three of which were solo films helmed by Hugh Jackman. However, since he first appeared in the Bryan Singer movie, Jackman’s physique has altered beyond recognition, and his last appearance in Logan defies human capacity for a body to look this shredded considering the actor had already been toeing 50 at the time of filming.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
Hugh Jackman poses in a promotional shoot for Logan (2017)

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Consequently, the Aussie has naturally been dragged into the center of the now unfolding narrative around actors using steroids to appear naturally jacked on-screen and gain a certain physicality that is drastically defined by bulging muscle mass and impossible vascularity. In an interview with HBO’s Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace, Jackman claimed that he had been made “anecdotally” aware of the side effects caused by intake of steroids and that although, “I love my job. And I love Wolverine… I don’t love it that much.” He insisted that his physique had been the consistent result of 17 years of devoted workout regimen and eating chicken – a lot of it.

The Steroid Debate Gets Heated as Twitter Brawl Breaks Out

Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in Days of Future Past
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in Days of Future Past

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Ever since Joe Rogan publicly vilified The Rock and asked him to come clean to the public, especially since millions look up to him and consider him a role model, people have turned their heads to look around at other unsuspecting agents who resemble the former DCU actor enough to be put onboard the building debate. Mentioning actors like Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth was only a matter of time, but now that it has happened, the Twitterati are pushing back against the slander against one of the most beloved actors of this generation.

The debate inclines strongly toward the public’s awareness surrounding Hugh Jackman’s physicality at an age that is well past his genetic prime. Couple with the fact that as an audience, one only gets to witness the actor in shirtless scenes displaying vascularity and muscle definition in one movie premiering in 3-4 year intervals, the shift in appearance suddenly appears drastic.

However, the fact that this physique is also naturally achievable with extreme routine and a strict regimen escapes our understanding, especially since it seems inhumane to consider that 36-hour water deprivation and no-carb-after-7 rule can actually affect an already genetically-endowed person within a decade.

Deadpool 3 is set to premiere on November 8, 2024.

Source: Variety

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with more than 800 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works.