Video:Hugh Jackman Interview - X-Men Origins Wolverinewith Rebecca Murray
Hugh Jackman spent the weeks leading up to the release of 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' trotting the globe promoting the film. And even though we caught up with him on one of his last legs of the tour, Jackman's energy hadn't waned.See Transcript
Transcript:Hugh Jackman Interview - X-Men Origins WolverineRebecca Murray from About.com Hollywood Movies at a special Los Angeles Industry Screening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine .
Hugh Jackman - 'Logan'/'Wolverine' of X-Men Origins: WolverineHugh, you look so incredible in this movie – so buff. How'd you do it?
Hugh Jackman: "I trained like I've never trained in my life before, and I ate for pretty much all of Australia I think. I think we wiped out an entire gene pool of chickens. There's a lot of chicken, a lot of salmon, a lot of steamed vegetables that were eaten. A lot of egg whites."
Ryan said it was like a pumping iron competition. But he said you won.
Hugh Jackman: "He has to say that, I'm the boss. Not always winning but I had a little bit of a head start on those guys. I started about a year before the film, and then I cast them as close as possible to the start date. So they're like, 'Man, what…?' I said, 'Yeah, you've got three weeks. I just did it so it's up to you.' "
How do you get the rage to play this character?
Hugh Jackman: "If you wake up for 13 months at 3:45 and eat egg whites with no salt and one piece of wheat toast, you'll be Wolverine too. Trust me."
What's the first thing you splurged on since you ate so good for so long?
Hugh Jackman: "Pizza, then I went home and had some breakfast cereal. And I think I polished it off with some spaghetti bolognese. Is that wrong? It felt wrong."
You've been all around promoting this.
Hugh Jackman: "Yeah, man, look, I just love the movie. I'm excited about it. And when you do something for two years, really the hard work's on the screen up there. Now I'm excited to show it to people. You know me, I'll talk to anyone."
What's the appeal of Wolverine?
Hugh Jackman: "We all wish at some point in our lives when things are tough, when you're up against it, when you want to give up – we wish we had that kind of determination Wolverine has because when all of us are ready to quit, that's when Wolverine begins. That's what I think I love about him most."
Why an origin story at this point?
Hugh Jackman: "Well, with this particular character we'd missed out about 100 years of his life. And I figured that's a fair whack of time, something interesting most have happened. Lo and behold, I think we found a lot of interesting stuff. You know, we'd been teasing his background for so long, you know? And finally to get there to explain it all was great."