Jackman: Size Matters For 'Wolverine' And Oscars - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Jackman: Size Matters For 'Wolverine' And Oscars

Posted: Updated:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hugh Jackman relied on his Wolverine alter ego to pack on muscle for the "X-Men" role, and he turned to the Oscars to slim back down.

The 40-year-old actor trained for a year to achieve his character's look.

"My goal was to make him look like an animal," a much leaner Jackman said recently. "I wanted people to be unnerved when they saw him."

Among the first to be unnerved? "Australia" director Baz Luhrmann.

Jackman was co-starring with Nicole Kidman in the epic love story when he started bulking up for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."

"Baz said, 'Mate, whatever you're eating, can you slow down a bit because I'm going to struggle to edit this together,'" Jackman recalled, adding that there are a few scenes in "Australia" where he's "beefier" than he ought to be.

The director had issues with Jackman's size again when the two collaborated on the opening song-and-dance number for the Academy Awards.

"Baz was like, 'You've got to lose weight ... You're too bulky,'" Jackman said.

Luckily, Jackman discovered the ideal weight-loss plan: "Singing and dancing is the greatest diet in the history of the planet," he said. "Well, that and performing in front of a billion people."

Despite the pressures of the Oscar performance, the gregarious actor said he'd take on the hosting task again without hesitation.

"I'd do it again if I was asked," Jackman said. "I loved every second of it."

___

On the Net:

http://www.x-menorigins.com/

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

  • Entertainment NewsEntertainment NewsMore>>

  • Larry Cohen, director of cult horror films, dies at 77

    Larry Cohen, director of cult horror films, dies at 77

    Sunday, March 24 2019 4:31 PM EDT2019-03-24 20:31:21 GMT
    Monday, March 25 2019 10:02 PM EDT2019-03-26 02:02:09 GMT
    (AP Photo/Phil McCarten, File). File-This Oct. 30, 2006, file photo shows writer, director Larry Cohen, left, and wife Cynthia Cohen arriving for the Comcast, Sony and Lionsgate launch party for FEARnet, a multi-platform network dedicated to horror, he...(AP Photo/Phil McCarten, File). File-This Oct. 30, 2006, file photo shows writer, director Larry Cohen, left, and wife Cynthia Cohen arriving for the Comcast, Sony and Lionsgate launch party for FEARnet, a multi-platform network dedicated to horror, he...
    (AP Photo/Phil McCarten, File). File-This Oct. 30, 2006, file photo shows writer, director Larry Cohen, left, and wife Cynthia Cohen arriving for the Comcast, Sony and Lionsgate launch party for FEARnet, a multi-platform network dedicated to horror, he...(AP Photo/Phil McCarten, File). File-This Oct. 30, 2006, file photo shows writer, director Larry Cohen, left, and wife Cynthia Cohen arriving for the Comcast, Sony and Lionsgate launch party for FEARnet, a multi-platform network dedicated to horror, he...
    Larry Cohen, the maverick B-movie director of cult horror films like "It's Alive" and "God Told Me To," has died. 
    Larry Cohen, the maverick B-movie director of cult horror films like "It's Alive" and "God Told Me To," has died. 
  • Can Cam Newton Really Do It All?

    Can Cam Newton Really Do It All?

    Monday, March 25 2019 4:12 PM EDT2019-03-25 20:12:42 GMT

    James puts the supremely talented Cam Newton through a series of tests to find out how much Cam can do? Can Cam catch grapes, defend his rock-paper-scissors title and do one last dab?

     

    James puts the supremely talented Cam Newton through a series of tests to find out how much Cam can do? Can Cam catch grapes, defend his rock-paper-scissors title and do one last dab?

     
  • Big Brother hopefuls audition in San Diego to be on season 21

    Big Brother hopefuls audition in San Diego to be on season 21

    Monday, March 25 2019 10:47 AM EDT2019-03-25 14:47:56 GMT

    Every year, CBS looks for more than a dozen people to live in a house together and compete for $500,000 on “Big Brother.” On Sunday hundreds of people gathered in Miramar to show off why they deserve to be the next houseguest on the show.

     

    Every year, CBS looks for more than a dozen people to live in a house together and compete for $500,000 on “Big Brother.” On Sunday hundreds of people gathered in Miramar to show off why they deserve to be the next houseguest on the show.

     
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.