Hugh Jackman is currently preparing for his return as the iconic antimantium-laced mutant Logan in director Darren Aronofsky's The Wolverine. In Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the actor revealed that he is putting on more weight than he ever has before in resuming the role, and has even sought help in training from Dwayne Johnson.
"I'm actually quite long and lean. I had a chat with Dwayne Johnson, who did 25 pounds for his movie (Faster). I rang him up and was like, 'Okay, tell me what's going on?'"
Jackman's training will last six months, and he is expected to gain a pound a week, consuming 6,000 calories a day. Hugh isn't bothered by the intense workout, as the chance to work with Darren Aronofsky more than makes up for it:
"I love every one of his movies. He's a visionary. I've been trying to get Darren since X-Men: The Last Stand, really. We've been talking about this and The Wolverine for so long. 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."