Hugh Jackman Talks The Wolverine Workout Plan, Darren Aronofsky and More!

Hugh Jackman Talks <i> The Wolverine</i> Workout Plan, Darren Aronofsky and More!

The returning star speaks out on his advised muscle gain for The Wolverine movie, as well as praise for director Darren Aronofsky, and their recent meeting. Check it out!

Chatting with Entertainment Weekly's Sara Vilkomerson, actor Hugh Jackman rehashed on The Wolverine movie, discussing his advised muscle gain and praise from director Darren Aronofsky. And the actor also sheds light on his recent encounter with Aronofsky, where story ideas were shared.

Director Darren Aronofsky has already asked him to gain 25 lbs of muscle — “which is more than I ever have for the role” — before filming begins next spring. “It’s not easy for me,” Jacksman says. “Because I’m actually quite long and lean.”

“I had a chat with Dwayne Johnson who did 25 pounds for his movie, I rang him up and was like, Okay, tell me what’s going on.” The answer: six months, a pound a week, 6,000 calories a day which, Jackman points out, is an awful lot of chicken, steak, and brown rice.

On Darren Aronofsky, “I love every one of his movies,” he says. “He’s a visionary. I’ve been trying to get Darren since X-Men 3, really. We’ve been talking about this and Wolverine for so long.”

On the film's story Jackman says, “we had a meeting about three weeks ago, catching up as friends more than anything, and he just ran a few ideas by me and my eyes just lit up, because already I think this is like a whole new ballgame – just the ideas, the level of depth, and intelligence, and creativity. I think he’s been waiting so long to do a movie in this genre. When he found the script, he said this is it. It’s really exciting.”

In an all new adventure, in The Wolverine, Logan will be lured to Japan destined to learn who he is and where he came from. An with no official release date, Aronofsky will begin shooting in April next year.
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