Top TenThe Wolverine Facts

posted on 7/26/13

Today, millions of Marvel fans will check in with their old friend Wolverine. With the debut of his
self-titled sequel, fans will catch up with Wolverine on his journey to Japan. Summoned by an old
acquaintance, Wolverine becomes entangled in a conflict that will force him to battle his own
demons. But before Hugh Jackman could gel his hair and don the famous claws for one of his
most anticipated movies, a lot of behind-the-scenes movie magic had to happen first. Let’s take
a look at some little-known facts about The Wolverine movie.

1. This is the first time the character Wolverine will be in a movie without the phrase “X-Men”
attached to the title.

2. To prepare for the role of Wolverine, Hugh Jackman contacted none other than famed
wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Johnson hit Jackman with some
body-modifying advice: gain a pound a week by eating 6,000 calories of chicken, steak, and
brown rice for six long months.

3. After accepting Johnson’s advice, Jackman reportedly said that he was finally able to achieve
the physique he had always imagined Wolverine had. Simply put: Jackman got jacked.

4. Proving that he goes absolutely above and beyond the call of duty, Jackman apparently utilized
a “dehydration diet” before filming shirtless scenes. A dehydration diet means not consuming
liquid for over 24 hours before filming. I’m pretty sure no doctor could possibly recommend this
diet for anyone other than Hugh Jackman.

5. The Wolverine is the first X-Men movie to be released in both 3D and IMAX.

6. Darren Aronofsky, famed director of Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, was originally
going to direct the project. Rumor has it that Aronofsky’s “R” rated rewrite of the script was the
real reason for his departure from the film.

7. Jessica Biel, aka Mrs. Justin Timberlake, was originally offered the role of the character Viper.
Unfortunately, Biel and the studio could not come to an agreement and the role ultimately went to
Svetlana Khodchenkova.

8. Another famous director, Guillermo del Toro, was interested in taking a stab at working on The
Wolverine. del Torro was initially drawn to the film because of his love of the Japanese saga in
the Wolverine comics. Alas, he ended up bailing on the project.

9. Along with del Torro, Hugh Jackman also is a big fan of the Japanese saga in the wolverine
comic from 1982. On the comics, Jackman said, “There are so many areas of that Japanese
story. I love the idea of this kind of anarchic character, the outsider, being in this world full of
honor and tradition and customs; someone who’s really anti-all of that, and trying to negotiate his
own way. The idea of the samurai too, and the tradition there – it’s really great. In the comic book
he gets his ass kicked by a couple of samurai – not even mutants.”

10. This will be the sixth time Hugh Jackman has portrayed Logan/Wolverine. Here’s hoping 60
more shirtless performances follow.

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