Hugh Jackman: I have never taken steroids for Wolverine role
Martin Macdonald - 19 May 2023, 15:23 Share
Hugh Jackman has denied ever taking steroids to prepare for his role as Wolverine.
The Australian actor has played Wolverine for over two decades, starting with X-Men and finishing with Logan, which was released in 2017.
Jackman is known for his hulking, ripped physique while playing the superhero. The bulging biceps and prominent veins on his arms have led to many to speculate that he has perhaps taken performance enhancing drugs in order to achieve the look, but he says the side-effects of drug-taking always put him off.
"No, I love my job. And I love Wolverine," he said on HBO's Who's Talking to Chris Wallace.
"I got to be careful what I say here, but I had been told anecdotally what the side effects are of that. And I was like, 'I don't love it that much.'
"So no, I just did it the old school way. And I tell you, I've eaten more chickens - I'm so sorry to all the vegans and vegetarians and to the chickens of the world. Literally, the karma is not good for me. If the deity has anything related to chickens, I'm in trouble."
Jackman to train for six months for Deadpool role
Late last year, comic book fans went into meltdown when Ryan Reynolds posted a video on social media confirming that Jackman would be coming out of Logan retirement to play the character one more time alongside Deadpool.
In Logan, the character died at the climax and it was assumed by everyone, including Jackman, that he was done with the role.
However, he was tempted back by his friend, Reynolds, which means he must get back into superhero shape. Jackman's version is Wolverine is famed for his ripped, hulking shape, and even at 54, the Australian knows he need to get the look back for the third Deadpool.
“I’ve learned you can’t rush it. I’ve learned that it takes time," he explained.
“So, we have six months from when I finish to when I started filming. And I’m not doing any other work. I’m going to be with my family and train. That’s going to be my job for six months.”
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