Hugh Jackman tells Hero Complex via Popeater that Darren Aronofsky, who’s directing the next Wolverine, said Hugh looked like a skinny dork and asked him to bulk up to be the short, stocky, powerful looking Wolverine everyone knew and loved. So that’s what Hugh’s doing by taking in 6,000 (!) calories a day. That’s almost 4 times the recommended daily intake. Jackman says he’s going for the Mike Tyson look.
“Right now, I’m at 210 [pounds],” Jackman said. “I was at 190 … and [Aronofsky] said with the last one, ‘Hey you looked great, but you’re so tall that in those long shots you looked kind of like Clint Eastwood, and that’s not Wolverine.’”
“[Aronofsky] said that Wolverine, in the comics, is powerful, stocky, you know, he’s short and thick. So he said, ‘I want you to go there, get bigger,’” Jackman said, adding that his new diet isn’t easy. “It’s 6,000 calories a day, it’s rough.”
“Sometimes [Tyson] was a full foot shorter than his opponents and bent over [with this] massive build … There’s real power,” he said, joking that this role may not be best for his health. “If I have a massive heart attack first, well, you tell everyone what I was going for.”
This is dedication. Tyler Perry or Martin Lawrence would have taken the easy way out and put on a muscle suit they had their assistants pick out from a costume shop.