"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" star Hugh Jackman isn't someone you would think ever had to count calories and dodge carbs, but his "Australia" director, Baz Luhrmann, ordered him to trim down before they teamed up to do their musical production number at the Oscars.
The problem wasn't that Hugh was too fat, but too muscular. While preparing to shoot "Wolverine," he really bulked up with muscles. "My goal was to make him [Wolverine] look like an animal," Hugh tells the AP. "I wanted people to be unnerved when they saw him."
But Baz was certainly unnerved when he saw how big Hugh was becoming during the shooting of "Australia." "Baz said, 'Mate, whatever you're eating, can you slow down a bit because I'm going to struggle to edit this together,' " Jackman recalls.
Looking ahead to the Oscars, Baz told Hugh, "You've got to lose weight. You're too bulky."
So how did Hugh drop the poundage? "Singing and dancing is the greatest diet in the history of the planet," he says. "Well, that and performing in front of a billion people."
Would he take on the unnerving challenge again to emcee the Oscarcast?
"I'd do it again if I was asked," Hugh says. "I loved every second of it."
Photo credits: left, Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times; right, 20th Century Fox