Wolverine: Hugh Jackman bulks up with high-calorie diet

On the red carpet a trim and toned physique is the norm. But for movie roles, actors are often required to subject themselves to extreme body transformations, shedding or gaining a significant amount of weight and devoting themselves to months of physically gruelling training.

Whereas Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis most recently had to shed 20 pounds, enduring a punishingly limited calorie intake and extreme exercise to develop  the skinny, sinewy bodies typical of a ballerina for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, the director has ordered Hugh Jackman to guzzle down 6000 calories to bulk up for his role in the next installment of Wolverine.

“It’s 6,000 calories a day. It’s rough,” the Australian actor told the Los Angeles Times about the preparation for the role, which also includes an intense fitness regime.

“Right now, I’m at 210 [15st],” he says of his his current weight, which is already around 20lbs heavier than he was in 2009 for X Men Origins: Wolverine.

“I don’t know how much I want to give away about it, but Darren 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,'” the 42 year old added.

“He said that Wolverine, in the comics, is powerful, stocky…he’s short and thick. So he said, ‘I want you to go there, get bigger.'”

Jackman joked: “If I have  a massive heart attack, well, you tell everyone what I was going for.”

The Wolverine is scheduled for a 2012 release.

Read here about Michael Douglas and his high-calorie diet.

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