Hugh Jackman Tells Adorable Story of Son’s Approval of ‘The Wolverine’
The actor phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest to talk playing the iconic comic book character for 13 years now, as well as what his 13-year-old son thinks of him.
To bulk up for the superhero-action flick, Hugh took on a “dehydration diet.” What is that? “Basically, you drink a ridiculous amount of water for six days then for like 24 to 36 hours before the shoot you need, you stop drinking water and you lose like 10 pounds of water weight, which is mainly on the outside so you can imagine it’s a big body builder trick, but not for day-to-day life,” the actor explains.
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The diet clearly worked, as Hugh’s body is seriously ripped, with way more pulsing veins in his arms than any human should have.
The actor laughs: “My mom saw the movie with me the other night and was like, ‘I’m so sorry, Hugh. I’ve had a problem with all the veins all my life and I seem to have passed it on to you.’ And I’m like, ‘Don’t worry. It’s a good thing.’ And then she’s like, ‘You’re not a drug addict are you?!”
When it comes to Hugh’s 13-year-old son’s reaction to the movie, the actor shares he keeps his opinion of having a super-cool dad rather mum. However, this time around, Hugh finally got a hint of approval from the teenager.
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“Actually, he kind of gave it up this time because I had to watch the movie at 7 in the morning [and] he’s 13. He’s on summer vacation, there is no 7 o’clock in the morning [for him] and I said, ‘Buddy, you have to wake up at 6:15 if you want to come.’ And he says, ‘Hey, I don’t think so.’”
“Then the next morning he was up at 6 waking me up going, ‘Dad are you ready?’…And I’m not stupid. I didn’t ask him straight after the movie, I asked him later at night, ‘What’d you think?’ and he goes, ‘Eh, awesome.”
The Wolverine, which shows a darker, more vulnerable side of the character this time around, hits theaters July 26.