Hugh Jackman: A divorce, devastating training and a battle against cancer to return as Wolverine in “Deadpool 3”

Hugh Jackman: A divorce, devastating training and a battle against cancer to return as Wolverine in “Deadpool 3”
Hugh Jackman: A divorce, devastating training and a battle against cancer to return as Wolverine in “Deadpool 3”

Over the past 11 years, Hugh Jackman has gone through multiple surgeries, a divorce and the return of his role as Wolverine. (Credit: Jovani Perez)

“Man, I was right!” he exclaimed. Hugh JackmanIt was 2013 when the famous actor who plays Wolverine posted a curious photo in which he appeared with a strange patch on his nose. In the text that accompanied the image, the Australian actor thanked Deborra-Lee (his now ex-wife), who had told him to go to the doctor to get checked out. a stain that had appeared on the part of his face that he was wearing covered.

It turns out that that little spot was none other than basal cell carcinomaa form of cancer of skin mild. In the post, Jackman said he had already undergone surgery, implying that the problem had been resolved. However, that would only be the first chapter in a 10-year long story.

In 2013, Jackman was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a mild form of skin cancer, which subsequently required him to undergo several surgeries. (Credit: Instagram/@thehughjackman)

A decade later, in July 2024, Jackman is divorced, with no signs of the cancer returning, and with a big movie about to be released: Deadpool y Wolverinethe third installment of the saga that introduces both him and Ryan Reynolds to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But how did the actor manage to beat cancer, separate from the woman who had been with him for almost 30 years, and endure an intense exercise routine to regain the physical shape of his character in X-Men?

Hugh Jackman shared on Instagram the importance of sunscreen after being diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. (Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation (Skin Cancer Foundation), “In the U.S., more than 1,000 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. 9.500 personas“and at least one in five Americans will develop skin cancer before they are 70 years”. Among those figures was Hugh Jackman, who surprised the world with the news in 2013.

“Please don’t be a fool like me. Get yourself checked out. And use sunscreen!”Jackman urged at the end of his statement on Instagram. The actor had been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, which he had already undergone surgery for by the time he posted the photo that accompanied the text.

The Australian actor has proven to be a hero not only on screen, but also in his personal battle against skin cancer. (Credits: Infobae/Instagram/@thehughjackman)

Although it was not a life-threatening problem, Hugh did not take it lightly and sought to get rid of it completely. Therefore, in May 2014, he underwent a second operation and declared Associated Press that I expected future recurrences. During the various premieres of X-Men: Days of Future Past Around the world, Jackman appeared with a bandage on his nose and urged his followers to use sunscreen.

“I am realistic about the future and it is more than likely that I will have at least one more tumor, but there may be many more.”the actor said that same year while he was touring the world to promote one of his last films in which he played the character of Wolverine. “But the beautiful thing about this is that it is preventable, it is a matter of making the necessary revisions,” he contrasted.

Jackman has been an ambassador for the Fight Cancer Foundation, helping to raise funds for cancer research and support programs. (Credit: Instagram/@hughjackman)

Just as Jackman expected, cancer continued to fight back. In 2017, the last time he faced basal cell carcinoma, he posted a photo on Instagram showing the effects of surgery to remove the skin cancer. In the caption, he assured his followers that he was doing well, thanking his frequent skin checks and his excellent doctors.

It wasn’t until April 2023 that Jackman received what appears to have been more defining news. The artist posted a video on Instagram after undergoing two new biopsies on lesions that his dermatologist identified as possible BCCs: Both were negative for skin cancer.

After receiving a negative cancer diagnosis in 2023, Jackman announced that his recent biopsies showed no signs of skin cancer. (Credit: REUTERS/Mark Blinch

In her post, she explained: “I know you’ve heard me talk about my basal cell carcinomas. I’m going to keep talking about them. And if this reminds just one person to put on sunscreen, then I’ll be happy.”

Over the years, Jackman has been a long-time ambassador for the Fight Cancer Foundation and has helped raise funds for cancer research and support programs. He has also participated in various events and initiatives to raise awareness about the disease.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness announced their separation in 2023 after 27 years of marriage, asking for privacy during the transition. (Credit: Cindy Ord/MG23/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

In 2023, Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness announced their separation after 27 years of marriage. The news was confirmed by both actors through a statement in the magazine Peoplein which they expressed: “We have been blessed to share almost three decades together as husband and wife in a wonderful and loving marriage. Our journey is now changing and We have decided to separate to pursue our individual growth.”.

By then, Ryan Reynolds and Jackman had already announced the return of their characters in Deadpool 3so the spotlight was on the Australian actor. However, far from lending itself to the typical Hollywood scandal, both he and Deborra closed the subject by saying: “We greatly appreciate your understanding in respecting our privacy as our family navigates this transition in all of our lives. This is the only statement we will make”.

In 2023, Jackman and Ryan Reynolds announced the return of Wolverine and Deadpool, raising expectations around the Australian actor. (Credits: Marvel Studios)

Thus, Hugh has proven to be a hero both on and off screen. And in the cinema it is clear that he is often remembered for his role as Wolverine, which has earned him over the course of no less than 17 years the enormous affection of the people and a place in Hollywood that to this day has not been replaced in the many films of X-Men.

In 2017, he reprised the character in the third Wolverine solo film: Loganwhich would be the last time he would play the character and say goodbye to his role as a mutant. The result was better than expected and both Jackman’s performance and the feature film received praise from critics, to the point of being considered one of the best superhero films of all time.

In 2017, the year of the release of “Logan,” Jackman battled basal cell carcinoma for the last time and showed off the effects of the surgery to remove the skin cancer on Instagram. (Credit: James Mangold/20th Century Studios)

Jackman, 20th Century Fox and superhero fans all considered this to be the perfect send-off for the character of Wolverine under the Australian actor’s interpretation. However, a personal revelation led Jackman to once again wear the adamantium claws.

“I had literally announced maybe a couple of weeks before that Logan It would be the last one, and I remember watching Deadpool 2 and 15 minutes in I’m like, ‘Damn!'” said Jackman, who admitted to regretting his dramatic farewell announcement at the time.

The ultimate inspiration came while driving with his kids. “I’ve learned to follow these epiphanies, to trust them,” he said. Jackman wasted no time in calling Ryan Reynolds to suggest that Deadpool and Wolverine should team up again. “With the character of Wade, especially in combination with the character of Logan, I saw a story beyond the franchise value,” explained director Shawn Levy, who also agreed to the project thanks to the inclusion of Hugh.

“Deadpool 3” will mark the first time Wolverine and Deadpool share the screen in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film. (Credit: Marvel Studios)

Hugh Jackman has followed demanding training routines to embody Wolverine in the films of the saga. In 2017, for LoganJackman had to recover muscular time after having lost weight for other roles. This process included a combination of cardiovascular and weight training, with a strict dietary routine.

Jackman’s training consisted of maintaining a consistent routine of strength exercises. He focused primarily on lifting weights to build muscle mass. Although the focus on weight lifting remained similar throughout, the only variation was the inclusion of cardio exercises at the end of the sessions.

Hugh Jackman showed off the intense work he does in the gym to get those arms, but it seems he doesn’t have the same discipline with his legs.

To fulfill this routine, Jackman woke up at 4:00 a.m.starting his training before 6:00 a.m. This special routine included a couple of hours in the gym before starting his work day. Part of his intense physical work also focused on squats and combining high and low weights, which helped speed up the myofibrillar hypertrophy.

In 2024, in preparation for the filming of the third installment of DeadpoolJackman continued with intense workout sessions. According to the magazine GQher leg routine was particularly challenging. It included four rounds of dynamic warm-ups and foam rolling, followed by barbell back squats, front squats and single-leg presses, calf raises and hanging legs.

In 2017, preparing for “Logan,” Jackman would wake up at 4 a.m. to get a couple of hours of training in before starting his workday. (Credit: Instagram/@thehughjackman)

All of the above was completed with abdominal wheel rollouts and static stretches, repeating four sets of each exercise with different repetitions. It should be noted that all this body work is quite similar to what the Australian actor did almost two decades ago and, considering that he is now 55 years old, it is quite a remarkable achievement.

Jackman’s diet also played a crucial role in his physical transformation, consuming up to 8000 calories daily during his training to keep his body in top condition. This drastic caloric intake reflects the high physical demands of the role he has played for more than two decades.

Jackman consumed up to 8,000 calories a day during his training, reflecting the high demands of his role as Wolverine. (Credit: Instagram/@thehughjackman)

So, after a decade of fighting his skin disease, a deep feeling of regret after the end of Logan, a divorce that ended 30 years of marriage and a devastating physical training, Hugh Jackman is ready for another “before and after” in his life when Deadpool y Wolverine arrive in movie theaters, saying goodbye once and for all to the character that brought him worldwide fame.

 
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