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Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine workout: Train hard, cheat hard

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

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He was hungry like the wolf, so to speak.

Just listen to Hugh Jackman talk about his diet regime to pump up for “The Wolverine,” out Friday.

“I called my buddy Dwayne Johnson and he put together a Wolverine training program for me,” says the 44-year-old actor.

Did he cheat?

“The great thing about Dwayne is that every eighth day, he does an entire cheat day,” Jackman says. “On that day, he eats unbelievable amounts of pizza. The guy can eat three double cheese pizzas at one sitting or three trays of chocolate fudge brownies.

“He goes to town!” Jackman says with a laugh. “The rest of his week is chicken and steak.”

To prove he was following the plan, Jackman sent Johnson a picture of his “eighth day.”

“I had a giant burger with the works, the largest serving of fries anyone could cook and a gigantic chocolate milkshake. I even texted a picture of this meal to Dwayne and he wrote back one word: ‘Amazon,’ ” he says with a laugh.

It was worth it for Johnson, who resumes his duel roles as Logan and Wolverine. This time he has been called to Japan by an old acquaintance and finds himself confronting his own demons.

“I always wanted to get to the point where we had the Samurai arc for Logan, which is also in the comics,” he says.

As usual, Wolverine’s rage fuels him, but he has his reasons.

“I think that’s one of the key parts of his soul. Fans constantly talk to me about how his rage defines him. It’s quite a human trait for a character that has fur and claws,” he says.

“We find him at his lowest point. He’s vulnerable. He’s filled with rage because of what has happened to his life. It’s a great jumping-off point.”

He hopes that audiences tap into those feelings. “All of us want to make connections in life. We all want love. Sometimes, like in Wolverine’s case, that love actually brings pain and destruction. He just wants to get away from his pain.”

Jackman says that he has little pain these days. He’s married to actress Deborra Lee-Furness and they’re parents to 8-year-old daughter Ava and 13-year-old son Oscar.

“My son wanted to see my new movie ‘The Wolverine.’ I hadn’t seen the movie yet, so I scheduled a 7 a.m. screening for both of us.”

Wolverine’s teenage son could have had issues.

“Now, it’s summer vacation and he’s 13. My son had to wake up at 6:15 a.m. and not 10 a.m. He did this voluntarily. Trust me, at this age, you wait for the kids to wake up, so this was a major vote of confidence for Dad putting on the claws again.”

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