Ever since taking the role of Wolverine (which, to me, feels like it happened at the beginning of time), Hugh Jackman's body has been a major topic of discussion. Despite the fact that Wolverine's healing powers make his appearance stay at his physical prime, Hugh changes a lot over the course of the movies.
But it's only now that he's pointing out something that's way less obvious than his hefty bulk in [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](tag:203942). Since the third Wolverine solo movie will be his last, Digital Spy asked what piece of wisdom he had for whoever will follow in his pawprints. He laughingly made this admission:
Start training six months out. I got the part literally as they were filming. 'How long do you need to get into shape?' 'Three weeks?' If you look at the film carefully there's quite a transformation.
And, I think he's right, and I'm kinda surprised I never noticed this before.
I'm guessing this scene was filmed close to the start of production
Though he doesn't go into detail about which scenes were filmed in what order, I'd be willing to wager that his introduction to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters was one of his earlier scenes.
Let's be clear: he's by no means in bad shape here. But, when you compare this shirtless jacked man to the shirtless jacked man in the cage fight scene, there's some definite, noticeable toning taking place.
He's even more intimidating here
It's one of the earliest scenes in the movie, but it seems that he's in the best shape this is when he's in the best shape.
Am I crazy, or does this look like a discernible difference? I think it will take a full re-watch of the original film before I can tell for sure.
Of course, this is nothing compared to Wolverine's franchise-long transformation
Which is still one of my favorite things about the movies (continuity be damned).
(Source: Digital Spy)