When it was announced that Darren Aronofsky had signed on to direct the upcoming sequel The Wolverine, one of his first orders of business was to put Hugh Jackman on a diet. The actor bulked up for all three X-Men movies, and the previous Wolverine spin-off but that’s not going to be enough. Aronofsky wants him to be bigger, bulkier, chunkier, scarier. The actor recently spoke to the folks over at the LA Times about the intense diet he’s on and the new look that he and the director are going for.
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 said that Wolverine, in the comics, is powerful, stocky, you know, he’s short and thick. So he said, ‘I want you to go there, get bigger.’ He’s going to come down after he gets done with all the black-tie events over and done with.
In the first X-Men, he was a little on the lean side, but in Wolverine and X2, he looked pretty bulky to us. If you’re afraid of what Aronofsky is going for, here’s what else Jackman had to say about the character’s makeover.
Yeah, he’s thick and it’s chunky and it’s powerful. I always think of Mike Tyson when he first came on the scene. Sometimes, he was a full foot shorter than his opponents and bent over [with this] massive build. There’s real power. You said bulldog, and that’s it exactly. Exactly. That’s what I’m going for, and if I have a massive heart attack first, well, you tell everyone what I was going for.
It sounds like they’re going for the primal, Hunchback of Notre Dame feel from the comics. Jackman is currently on a 6,000 calorie a day diet, and we don’t even want to know what his work out regimen is like.
Do you think that Jackman can pull off this new look?