Hugh Jackman: I exercise my aggression

Hugh Jackman says the main trait he shares with the character of Wolverine is aggression.

Hugh Jackman tries to find ways to “exercise” his “primal aggression”.

The Australian actor reprises his role as superhero Wolverine in the movie of the same name, which hits screens from later this month. Hugh famously transforms his physique for the role, piling on pounds of muscle thanks to intense workouts and special eating regimes.

Getting angry while at the gym is one of the things which helps him pump iron.

“Nine out of ten characteristics of Wolverine I don’t share, but aggression is a primal thing and needs to be exercised in some way,” he told the August edition of Men’s Health magazine.

Dealing with rage is something the 44-year-old star has done for much of his life. When he was growing up he went through a difficult period and is glad to have found a way to process these feelings safely.

“When I was younger I was very explosive. I used to let most of it out playing rugby. I’m not as explosive now but in a sense it’s still there,” he explained.

“It’s in our DNA…far better to have it in a controlled violent environment. So in a way playing Wolverine is good therapy.”

Hugh has found other outlets for his feelings too, so he doesn’t solely rely on acting. Taking time out to relax and think about his life has been hugely beneficial.

“I meditate. I’ve been doing it for the last 20 years. I practise different strains of meditation and it’s really changed my life. It is not a religious thing,” he said.

Hugh has spoken extensively about his Wolverine diet in the past. In March, he explained he was trying a new method to help bulk up this time around. For 16 hours a day he ate nothing, cramming 5,000 calories into the other eight hours.

He doesn’t advocate the method of eating and is planning a drastic change once he’s finished shooting X-Men: Days of Future Past, in which he plays the superhero again.

“I eat one steak a day minimum. Now I don’t know any doctors recommending a 12oz. steak every day. I’m pretty sure that’s not good. And my carbon footprint is disgusting,” he explained.

“Still, I think after this film I need to be vegan for a while, just as my way of giving back to the animals

“The bottom line is you’ve got to train until you want to throw up and you have to eat until you want to throw up. And that’s pretty much it.”
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Monday, 01. July 2013