Although Hugh Jackman’s Hollywood debut as Wolverine was quite successful, some Marvel comics enthusiasts, however, were disappointed. People started claiming that his Wolverine was nothing like comics. They started pointing out how the character in movies is so much different than he is in comics. However, all these claims were overshadowed by his performances as he brought the character to life on the big screen. Fans claimed although he might not have the same physical appearance as comics, the Australian actor had the potential.
However, Jackman was taking notes of all the reviews he got and started working on his physique as well. And by the 2013 film The Wolverine, he was all bulked. But there were still questions about how he managed to get the physique. Rumors started about Jackman being another Hollywood star to use steroids. The X-Men star has finally addressed the rumor.
Hugh Jackman Denies Taking Steroids to Bulk Up
While Hugh Jackman did what was required to match the physical appearance of Wolverine, it raised many questions about how the Real Steel star achieved the physique. He shared the diet and routine he followed, but there were still assumptions that he used steroids to build up his muscular body.
During his recent appearance on HBO’s Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace, he addressed the rumors and denied using steroids to gain a muscular body. The host of the show, Chris Wallace asked him, “Over the years people have wondered, did he juice? Did he take steroids?”
The Prestige star shared that he “did it the old-school way” cause he was aware of the side effects steroids could have. He claimed he did not want that for himself, so he avoided using them.
“No, I love my job. And I love Wolverine. I 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.”
Jackman then described his diet saying, “And I tell you, I’ve eaten more chickens — I’m so sorry to all the vegans and vegetarians and to the chickens of the world. Literally, the karma is not good for me. If the deity has anything related to chickens, I’m in trouble.”
In his interview with Chris Wallace, The Chappie star also shared he would be preparing for his comeback for six months. Hugh Jackman shared that after finishing his ongoing broadway, The Music Man, he will start his training and will get back in shape for Deadpool 3.
Hugh Jackman Studied Wolves to Prepare For His X-Men Role
In his interview, Hugh Jackman also revealed how he initially prepared for his role in the 2000 film X-Men. He shared that he never read comics and had no knowledge of the character he was about to portray. The Prisoners star said, “In Australia, we don’t have wolverines. I didn’t know that was a real animal. I’d never heard of a wolverine.”
Jackman shared that he assumed Wolverine was a made-up animal with “man hands of steel.” When he learned about a Wolves documentary at Imax, he found it perfect to prepare for his role as he considered Wolverine was “part wolf.”
Although he did all he could to prepare for his role by watching Wolves documentaries and studying the animal, it all ended up being embarrassing in front of the director. When the director asked him what he was doing he explained that he is a “part wolf so…”
However, the director made it clear that his character was not part wolf saying, “No, you’re a wolverine.” Hugh Jackman is all set to reprise his role as Wolverine in Deadpool 3 alongside Ryan Reynolds.
Deadpool 3 is set to release on 8 November 2024.
Source: Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?