Hugh Jackman bulks up for Wolverine

Hugh Jackman

Movie stars are often called upon to transform their physiques in order to play particular parts. Christian Bale famously lost large amounts of weight in order to play the lead in The Machinist; Elle MacPherson gained weight for her role in Sirens; and Rene Zellweger plumped in order to play the chubby protagonist in Bridget Jones’ Diary.

Many stars subject themselves to many months of grueling training so that they are thin enough or even fat enough for their roles.

Most recently both Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis had to shed 20 pounds, enduring a punishingly limited calorie intake and extreme exercise plan to develop the super-skinny, sinewy bodies typical of professional dancers for their roles in Black Swan. 

Now the director of the next superhero film Wolverine has ordered protagonist Hugh Jackman to eat an additional 6000 calories a day so that he is bulky enough to play the role.

“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, already 20lbs heavier than he was when he played the part of Wolverine in the 2009 movie 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,’” he 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 movie is scheduled for release in 2012.

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Hugh Jackman: Adopted Children Over IVF

Actor Hugh Jackman has been chatting to Australia’s Herald Sun about his adopted family and about the long and emotional process of becoming a father when one of you is all wrong inside.

Jackman 42 and his significantly older wife Deborra-Lee Furness now have two adopted mixed-race children aged 11 and 6 but the pathway to having a family wasn’t your usual filthy five-minute panting session on a Friday night after being on the wrong side of two bottles of Rioja with your trousers round your ankles and the taste of prawn vindaloo still recent on your lips.

[adsense]’It was painful. It’s not easy. You put a lot of time and effort into it, so it’s emotional.’ He said as he describes the moment when he found out that he and Debora-Lee were unable to have biological kids all of their very own. ‘I think any parent can relate – trying to have children is wonderful and when you feel as though that’s not going to happen, there’s a certain anxiety that goes with it,’ he continued. Adding ‘We thought we’d have a kid or two biologically and then adopt. But when we decided we’d had enough of IVF, we went ahead with adoption.’

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

Hugh Jackman: What do you mean IVF didn't work?!

After several years of unsuccessful attempts at IVF treatment, which is neither natural nor particularly successful it seems and appears to lead would-be parents on an emotional rollercoaster that can make them a little obsessive, because we always want more what we cannot have – it’s one of human beings greatest flaws, the showbiz couple decided to do what some consider the right thing and adopt children rather than pursue a treatment that only seems to line the pockets of doctors and lead to more frustration, emotional turmoil and often hysteria in women who believe they have the right to children despite nature clearly thinking otherwise.

Wolverine: Hugh Jackman

Wolverine gets angry because he can't have biological kids.

‘From the moment we started the adoption process, all the anxiety went away. I don’t think of them as adopted – they’re our children’ said Jackman. ‘Deb and I are believers in I suppose you could call it destiny. We feel things happened the way they are meant to. Obviously, biologically wasn’t the way we were meant to have children. Now, as we go through life together, sure there are challenges, but everyone’s in the right place with the right people. It sounds airy-fairy, but it’s something we feel very deeply.’

Let Hugh Jackman be an example to all of us who think we have the right to have biological children even when destiny has alternative plans for us. He and wifey look content and relaxed with their little hand-picked family. Good luck to them all and I hope other baby craving women will follow suit and find out that just because it didn’t come out of their vagina, it is just as lovable, if not more so, because it was actually chosen by you and your partner, and wasn’t just a lucky dip.

There are lots of little ones out their craving the love and attention of a mother and father, they don’t care that your tubes are tangled or that you are all wrong inside, they just want to be loved and to be part of a family.

Hugh Jackman's son

Hugh Jackman couldn't wait to hear the sound of pattering paws.

Well done Hugh Jackman. Proof that to have a happy family, you don’t need to have made it yourself or squandered tens of thousands of bucks on dubious IVF treatment that seems to play on the emotions of women who fear they will be the odd one out and often lead to even more heartache.

It’s obviously a painful thing to learn that you can’t have children when we – and women in particular – have been conditioned to want nothing else from the moment we could hold a plastic baby in our arms, dress our dolls up, have fun using our miniature ironing board sets and conjure up creative plastic meals using our plastic cookers, whilst baby men are trained to play with tiny cars, plastic soldiers, to compete against each other in racing and war games, play with miniature guns and are basically programmed to be destructive and competitive, whilst diminutive females learn how to nurture and care about their appearance. It makes you wonder if it is a coincidence that so many adult males are football crazy competitive war mongers so detached from their emotions and so many women are hysterical child producing machines obsessed with appearance.

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Macho Hugh Jackman Hospitalises Dolph Ziggler

As an actor who is very accomplished at playing himself, Hugh Jackman must be relishing his latest role in Real Steel; a robot melee mecca aimed at kids.

Jackman has only ever been cast in films where he gets to have muscles, be the hero and play, well, Hugh Jackman. So this latest offering is no departure or challenge to the Australian meat head.

 

Hugh Jackman and his robot chubby. REAL STEEL.

As part of the promotional package for Real Steel Jackman took part in a wrestling match on Monday and enjoyed a very manly tussle with WWE’s overstocked, blonde haired, intellectual heavyweight, Dolph Ziggler who by all accounts came off worst.

Jackman had been hosting the WWE Raw SuperShow and spontaneously human combusted, er, I mean jumped into the ring and slapped Ziggler on the chin.

 

Blonde haired, overstocked, intellectual heavyweight - Dolph Ziggler.

The fight, like all wrestling matches, was of course completely staged but due to Jackman’s Herculean powers he managed to fracture Ziggler’s jaw.

He’s sooooo macho!

Emotions ran high, balls over-produced and the crowd were stunned into silence for a horrible moment as testosterone flooded the auditorium.

 

Hugh Jackman stars in gusset dampening WWE fight.

Women’s undies grew damper by the second at the prospect of seeing Hugh Jackman doff his shirt and bare those Hollywood muscles so that he could romp about on a canvas stage with another man and Ziggler took himself off to hospital for an MRI scan, as he reported on his Twitter page:

“MRI scheduled for 1 pm…..possible fractured jaw thanks Batman.”

Looks like Jackman did more damage than first thought. Clearly Ziggler’s confusion about which hero the Aussie played is symptomatic of brain damage, although that may have occurred at birth because anyone who aims to become a ‘celebrated fighter’ is clearly lacking in some vital motor neurons.

Dolph Ziggler - celebrated capacious cranium.

 

Anyway, a few days later Ziggler returned to Twitter later to confirm the dire news that an actor had managed to break his jaw, saying, “hairline mandibular fracture. Guess i’ll put my chipotle in a blender for a few weeks.”

Looks like Dolph needs to buy a decent blender as I only have to put mine in for about 30 seconds.

 

The JTC Omniblend will mush Dolph Ziggler's chipotle in seconds.

Meantime, you can see Real Steel at cinemas soon, or if you wait a little longer you can probably download it on torrents and save yourself a high-calorific, wallet-raping nightmare.

Share your macho thoughts on the excessive levels of testosterone in this article by leaving a comment.

Read about Hugh Jackman consuming too much meat, injuring himself on Oprah’s show, Oprah turning vegan as well as other things you can make with a decent blender like smoothies and other raw vegan fare

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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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Hugh Jackman injured during Oprah TV stunt

Actor Hugh Jackman has been injured in a stunt while filming for an Oprah television special in Australia.

Oprah-mania has been bubbling over in Sydney, where she has been recording shows for the final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show, but there was a little hiccup when movie heartthrob Jackman attempted to make a dramatic entrance onto the stage.

The star took a flying leap from the top of the Opera House sails using a zip line, with a 6,000-strong crowd cheering him on, until the moment he crashed into a lighting rig.

“I came down waving to everyone, looking over te Sydney harbour, saw my dad, the kids and you, went to pull the brake and the boing,” he said to the talk show host. “Totally my bad.”

Jackman had to be winched down and he was immediately rushed off the stage by paramedics.

“That was so much fun until the end. Too much fun” he joked.

Fortunately the injury was nothing too serious and the 42-year-old action star, who admitted the excitement caused him to hit the brake too late, returned to the stage a little while later with a small bandage under his eye.

Sporting a swollen and bruised eye, a cheerful looking Jackman then tucked into some wine and the country’s famous Vegemite snack –a black yeast spread — with Oprah.

Read here about the injuries that have befallen the Spider-man broadway actors.

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