He’s agile, he’s limber, he’s muscular—he’s Hugh Jackman. From losing 15 pounds to play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables to buffing up for The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is one of those few actors for whom these drastic transformations are just part of the job. We spoke to this fit 40-year-old as he revealed his fitness secrets.
Doesn’t it take a toll on your body when you constantly lose and gain weight for different movies?
I ask myself that same question. On one level, I suppose that since I’m training, I’m fit and healthy. But I certainly know that I eat too much meat and too much animal protein; I want to change that. And I think the losing and gaining of weight rapidly is not very good for the body. My friend, who is a doctor, said you need to get regular check-ups now if you’re going to change like that, so I do. And so far, the numbers seem to be okay. But I do watch myself more carefully than I used to. I wake up at four in the morning to train and I often complain about it. My wife just says, “You love it. Stop complaining.” On some level, I do enjoy the challenge of it.