Don’t get too distracted by all the heavy lifting Ryan Reynolds is doing to get into shape for the latest Deadpool movie. Hugh Jackman, who’s returning to his Wolverine role for Deadpool 3, is tossing up just as impressive numbers in the gym. And we’re betting he’s downing more calories than Reynolds, too, who plays the comparatively slim Deadpool.
Jackman is already fully transforming into Wolverine, even though Deadpool 3 isn’t set to hit theaters until November 2024. He and Reynolds have rekindled their friendly rivalry, trying to outdo each other’s gym routines on social media as they prepare for filming. (As Jackman happily points out in one Instagram caption, he’s 54 years old to Reynolds’s 46—not that anyone’s counting.)
But simply working out harder, as any bodybuilder can attest, doesn’t cut it. Jackman is consuming a mammoth amount of calories to bulk up to the standards of his retractable claw-wielding character. In an interview with ITV’s This Morning, according to Men’s Health UK, Jackman revealed that he’s ingesting 5,500 calories every day to reach Wolverine mass. To put it into perspective, that’s over five Chipotle burritos daily (assuming 1085 calories per burrito).
Thanks to a nutritionist and chef, Jackman doesn’t have to worry about preparing healthy, muscle-building food that hits all the appropriate macros.
“I don’t question anything,” Jackman said. “Food arrives and it’s been counted out and it’s 600 grams of carbohydrates and it’s 270 grams of protein… and a certain amount of fat, I can’t remember the grams, and then I have to eat that food for the day.”
Not everyone is feeling sorry for Jackman’s situation. His wife Deborra-Lee Furness has no time for his complaints about the difficulty of getting through all those meals.
“I can’t tell you how many times I’m like, ‘Oh babe, I’ve got to eat again,’ and my wife is like, ‘Shut up!’” he added.
Jackman had already gone on the record confirming that, despite speculation about possible steroid use, he’s always taken the natty approach to achieve his peak Wolverine body. “No, I love my job. And I love Wolverine,” Jackman said in an interview on Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace. “I’ve got to be careful what I say here, but I had been told anecdotally what the side effects are of [steroids]. And I was like, ‘I don’t love [Wolverine] that much.’ So no, I just did it the old-school way.”
Here’s to hoping the humor from Jackman and Reynolds’s odd pairing in Deadpool 3 matches the tremendous physical commitment.