Hugh Jackman says he is eating 6,000 calories a day to get back into character for a new "Wolverine" film, by order of director Darren Aronofsky.
Jackman, 42, had undergone an intense diet to bulk up so he could play the beefy Marvel Comics mutant in the 2009 movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," an "X-Men" movie spin-off. The actor. who is about 6-feet-2-inches tall, told the Los Angeles Times he has restarted the plan, which consisted of consuming entire chickens.
"I'm on it right now, mate, already doing it," he said. "It's 6,000 calories a day, it's rough. Right now, I'm at 210 (pounds)." The recommended daily calorie requirement for men Jackman's age is between 2,200 and 3,000. There are about 3,500 calories in one pound of body fat.
"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,'" Jackman added. "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.'"
The movie, tentatively called "The Wolverine," is due for release in 2012. Aronofsky recently directed "Black Swan" and "The Wrestler."