Hugh Jackman Says He Damaged His Vocal Chords Because Of His Wolverine Role

Although he portrayed a character with superhuman strength as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is not actually impervious to damage in real life.

According to a recent interview, the actor who played a role in X-Men stated that his vocal cords have been permanently damaged as a result of portraying the iconic Marvel character.

Jackman made a jest that his drama school instructor would have been appalled by some of the actions he performed for the character, and his falsetto was not as robust.

During his appearance on BBC Radio 4's Front Row, he discussed the role that brought him fame and how he is building muscle as he reprises the character for Deadpool 3.

"My teacher at drama school would have been horrified by some of the things I did in Wolverine." He quipped that he had strained his vocal cords when he took on the character in the 2000s. "I've done some damage to my voice, through playing Wolverine."

Nevertheless, despite this setback, the 54-year-old actor would go on to star in several Broadway musicals and even won a Tony award in 2004.

Jackman starred in two film adaptations of musicals: Les Misérables (2012) alongside Anne Hathaway and The Greatest Showman (2017).

Nonetheless, the Australian actor acknowledged that playing the mutant had caused more harm than the numerous musicals he has acted in over the years.

"My falsetto is not as strong as it used to be, and I put that down directly to some of the growling and yelling I did," he told listeners.

The role is extremely physically taxing, to the point where some individuals had accused the actor of utilizing steroids to enhance his physique for the X-Men character. However, he has staunchly refuted these allegations.

Rather than taking shortcuts, Jackman prefers what he refers to as the "old fashioned way." He discussed his rigorous training routine on HBO's Who's Talking to Chris Wallace.

"No, I love my job. And I love Wolverine," he informed the host that he had declined steroid use after learning about the negative effects it had on other performers in the industry.

Although he did not disclose the individual's identity, he did divulge that one actor had conversed with him about the adverse effects of steroid use: "I got to be careful what I say here, but I had been told anecdotally what the side effects are of that."

"And I was like, 'I don't love it that much'. So no, I just did it the old-school way."

Rather than taking steroids, the Van Helsing actor chose to follow a high-protein diet. He made a jest that he had to apologize to the world's vegans due to the significant amount of chicken he consumed while preparing for the role of the wolf man.

"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 laughed.

Hugh, we forgive you!