It's not true that Hugh Jackman owns the entire world, these days. It just seems that way.
The accomplished actor and reigning People Magazine "Sexiest Man Alive" has appeared in a string of critical and commercial big-screen blockbusters in recent years and is now poised to cement his reputation as a supreme "A-list" leading man with his newest and biggest movie yet ... X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Even as Jackman's popularity has soared among moviegoers, he has developed a huge fanbase among bodybuilders and athletes who admire the star's commitment to a rigorous workout regimen and his ability to transform his physique to match specific movie roles. Recently, for instance, Jackman trimmed down and leaned out to the extreme to portray a cattle drover in the Outback romance, Australia, then added several pounds of rock-hard muscle to prepare for his latest screen turn as the dynamic and conflicted Wolverine in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
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As you might expect, this sizeable fanbase is already turning out in massive numbers for the new film's nationwide premiere, and the early response has been ecstatic. This compelling prequel deftly balances the dramatic psychological sources of Logan's evolution into Wolverine, a mutant superhero wracked by rage and guilt, with all of the awe-inspiring visual thrills millions of viewers have come to associate with the X-Men franchise.
Beginning in the uncharted wilderness of northwest Canada in the 1840s, X-Men Origins: Wolverine recounts the charged love/hate relationship that grows between Logan and his brother Victor (Liev Schreiber), the similarly endowed mutant who will become the villain Sabretooth. After fighting side-by-side in the American Civil War, two World Wars, and Vietnam, the brothers part ways as Wolverine joins a secret Black Ops unit and is recruited by General Stryker to join a team of super mutants. The twists and turns of this stirring narrative will have fans of the series exclaiming again and again as key facets of Wolverine's conflicted nature and motives are suddenly made startlingly clear.
As for the astonishing special effects, we don't want to give too much away here, but one scene—in which Wolverine leaps from an exploding truck, clings to an attacking helicopter, slices the rotor blades, rides it to the ground, leap frees, and walk away—has to be seen to be believed. X-Men Origins: Wolverine, under the brilliant direction of Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, Rendition), has set the bar dauntingly high for every effects-laden contender to follow it this summer.
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An Exclusive ProSource Media Interview with Hugh Jackman
ProSource Media caught up with Hugh Jackman on the red carpet at the Tempe, AZ premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and asked him about his amazing transformations.
What was Jackman's mindset going in to the intense workout regimen that would prepare him for the rigors of becoming Wolverine once again?
Hugh: "What was more important to me was to be lean," the affable superstar said. "I wanted to look like an animal! I wanted to look dangerous and powerful. Not just like, yeah, okay he works out. I wanted to look frightening."
What was his regimen like? What was he eating?
Hugh: "Oh, it was tough. Training in the gym every day and for hours and hours at a time for six months ... as the people who were around at the time will attest, it was pretty insane! But really the eating was the hardest part. To live in Australia where the food is so good and to have nothing to eat except steamed vegetables and steamed chicken for six months is tough."
Does he have any philosophies with regard to attaining and maintaining peak physical condition?
Hugh: "For me it's hard to put on a lot of muscle, so I have to lift very, very heavy weights. I have to be very careful and do a lot of stretching. Oh, and eat like you've never eaten in your life before. If you're hungry, it's been too long, never be hungry."
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