The Untold Story of Hugh Jackman’s Contribution to Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man Triumph: “He Noticed My Unfitness”

The success of Iron Man can be attributed in part to Hugh Jackman, who generously shared his workout and diet routines with Robert Downey Jr. in preparation for the role of Tony Stark. Downey gained 25 pounds of muscle to accurately portray the character. Meanwhile, Jackman had limited time to prepare for his own role as Wolverine in X-Men but managed to achieve a comic-accurate physique and iconic sideburns. He also provided tips and guidance to other actors taking on superhero roles. Thanks to Jackman’s help, Iron Man was able to succeed both on and off-screen.

The success of the Marvel franchise and Robert Downey Jr.’s career took a significant turn with the release of Iron Man. Downey Jr., who had already starred in several decent movies after overcoming addiction issues, found his much-needed break with the $585.8 million success of Iron Man. Interestingly, Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in X-Men, also played a role in Downey Jr.’s success by providing him with diet tips. While Tom Hardy may not have been impressed with Jackman, Patrick Stewart had nothing but good things to say about him despite only meeting him once.

Robert Downey Jr. looked up to Hugh Jackman’s success in portraying the character of Wolverine, especially when he landed the iconic role of Iron Man. Jackman was not a fan of muscular men but had to lift weights consistently for his role, following a strict diet and workout routine until Logan in 2017. When Downey Jr. secured the Iron Man role, he reached out to Jackman for tips on how to get in shape. Downey Jr. gained 25 pounds of pure muscle for his role by hitting the gym and increasing the weights he lifted while consuming a daily diet of 5,000 calories.

Hugh Jackman got in shape for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men movies, despite having limited time to prepare. He was recommended for the role by his friend Russell Crowe, but only got the opportunity to audition when Dougray Scott dropped out. Jackman’s diet consisted of nutritious foods like steak, eggs, oatmeal, chicken, sweet potato, broccoli, brown rice, spinach, fish, and avocado, along with supplements like creatine, Animal Pump, Animal Nitro, and Carnitine Liquid. His workout routine focused on basic weightlifting exercises, including bench presses, squats, and deadlifts. He followed a progressive overload approach and is set to reprise his role as Wolverine in the upcoming MCU film Deadpool 3, which is scheduled for release on May 3, 2024. Iron Man is now available for streaming on Disney+, while X-Men can be streamed on Starz.

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