- Hugh Jackman discussed his fitness routine for playing Wolverine during an appearance on “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?”
- Jackman, 54, is set to reprise his role as the Marvel superhero in the upcoming ‘Deadpool 3’ movie.
- “It will be my job for six months,” the actor said, according to People.
Actor Hugh Jackman opened up about his Wolverine fitness routine during an appearance on ‘Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?’ which aired Friday on HBO Max.
Jackman, 54, shared with Wallace that getting back into superhero shape is a six-month process.
“I learned that you can’t rush. I learned that it takes time,” he explained according to People. “So we have six months from when I finished [Broadway’s “The Music Man”] when I started filming. And I don’t do any other work. I will be with my family and train. It’s going to be my job for six months.”
Jackman is currently starring in Broadway’s “The Music Man” as Harold Hill alongside Sutton Foster, who plays Marian Paroo. Jackman and the cast will perform their final show on January 15, according to Variety. The outlet reported that the show had been extended for two weeks “due to popular demand”. In “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” the ‘X-Men’ star opened up about the physical benefits of performing on Broadway.
“And I’m really fit right now. There’s one thing about eight shows a week on Broadway to sing and dance about is that I’m fit. So, I’m healthy. I’ve a good place to start. And apologies, chickens. Run a mile. Start running now because I’m coming for you,” Jackman joked to Wallace.
Jackman first portrayed Wolverine in “X-Men” in 2000. Since then, Jackman’s Wolverine has appeared in 10 films, including the upcoming “Deadpool 3.” The third installment in the “Deadpool” franchise is set to release in November 2024.
Jackman spoke to Men’s Health in 2016 about the rigorous training routine he went through to transform into Wolverine. At the time, Jackman shared that his 12-week training program had two phases: bulking and cutting.
During the bulking phase, Jackman’s primary focus was building muscle with bench presses and push-ups, according to Men’s Health. Between phases, the actor adjusted his daily calorie intake from 6,000 calories to 3,500 calories. In the second phase, Jackman sped up the routine by doing the same exercises with lower weights and higher reps, according to the interview.
Jackman joined Ryan Reynolds in September to announce Wolverine’s return to the big screen in a video posted to Twitter. In the video, Reynolds, who plays Deadpool, jokes that he’s run out of ideas for the hero’s next movie. Jackman then walks through the background and casually agrees to play Wolverine again.
—Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) September 27, 2022
In an interview with The Guardian published Thursday, Jackman opened up about his decision to reprise the character. “I just wanted to do it and I felt it in my stomach.” Then added. “I can kick Ryan Reynolds shit any day.”