Hugh Jackman prepares for 'The Wolverine' with gruelling fitness regime

Thursday May 30, 2013

Hugh Jackman has revealed a gruelling regime of training, dieting and ice cold showers help to bring out his inner rage to become Wolverine.

The 44-year-old actor is reprising his role as the frustrated X-Man in origins movie The Wolverine this summer and told Empire magazine how he gets into character as the mutant.

Hugh revealed playing Wolverine requires months of 4am starts, relentless training and a diet of endless chicken.

He told the magazine: "The one joy I'm allowed each week is after I do squats. I'm allowed a piece of toast with peanut butter."

After the hot water ran out one morning while filming on location in the middle of a freezing Toronto winter, Hugh discovered that a cold shower could "trigger" his mutant mood.

He explained: "I went under the coldest water. I wanted to scream. And all of a sudden I was like, 'That's Wolverine', that's how he feels all the time."

The Les Miserables star also recalls his teenage angst to help him get into the right state of mind.

He said: "As a teenager, I was explosively angry; I think rugby saved me, because that's just organised violence. I would have got in a lot more fights. But I was someone who would go into a little bit of a blind rage and it was not pretty."

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