While it's fair to say that Hugh Jackman has never exactly been out of shape in a physical sense, it's clear that he brought a whole new look to his physique to take on the role of Wolverine in recent years.
The Aussie actor famously bulked up and packed on muscle to play the 'X Men' character, but he says despite what everyone thought, he never took steroids to help him get there.
Jackman made the comments in a new interview on HBO's 'Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?' series, when interviewer Wallace posed the question: "Over the years people have wondered, did he juice? Did he take steroids?"
Jackman firmly replied "No, I love my job. And I love Wolverine. I got to be careful what I say here, but I had been told anecdotally what the side effects are of that [taking steroids]. And I was like, ‘I don’t love it [my job] that much. So no, I just did it the old school way."
He added: "And I tell you, I’ve eaten more chickens - I’m so sorry to all the vegans and vegetarians and to the chickens of the world. Literally the karma is not good for me. If the deity has anything related to chickens, I’m in trouble."
Jackman, now 54, will next reprise his role as Wolverine in Marvel's forthcoming 'Deadpool 3'.
However - whether he took steroids or not - as some have pointed out on Twitter, things have certainly changed since he first played the role...
— Michael Hobbes (@RottenInDenmark) January 10, 2023