Hugh Jackman recently revealed that his portrayal of the Marvel character Wolverine had a negative impact on his voice. The actor expressed that some of the actions he took while playing the role would have shocked his vocal teacher from his drama school days.
Jackman also opened up in an interview about a major wardrobe malfunction when he accidentally ripped his “The Music Man” costume while bulking up for “Deadpool 3.” After the incident, the actor said he apologized to the entire cast, his dresser, and his wife.
Read on to learn more.
Hugh Jackman Says Playing Wolverine Has Had A Negative Effect On His Voice
In a recent interview with BBC’s Front Row, actor Hugh Jackman expressed his concern about potential damage to his vocal cords. He shared that his voice may have suffered some injury from playing the Marvel superhero, Wolverine, in nine films.
The 54-year-old, who also appeared in the Broadway musical “The Music Man” for 11 months, stated, “I’ve done some damage to my voice with Wolverine. My falsetto is not as strong as it used to be, and that I directly put down to some of the growling and yelling.”
Sharing his concerns with the news outlet, Jackman admitted that he disregarded some of the vocal techniques he learned in drama school while portraying Wolverine, and it’s possible that this may have significantly contributed to the strain on his vocal cords.
‘My Voice Teacher In Drama School Would’ve Been Horrified’
Recounting his drama school experience, Jackman shared that his voice teacher in drama school would have been shocked by the damage to his voice.
Explaining, he told the BBC per Insider that his drama school voice teacher taught him a technique on how to shout and yell without damaging his voice, but some of the screaming and yelling as he did for the character may have caused harm. “I did some screaming and yelling and things that I think did damage to my voice,” he revealed.
Fortunately, Jackman said he’s now working toward preserving his voice. One of the measures includes working with a singing teacher and putting effort into preparing his voice vocally and physically for every role he plays. “I work with a singing teacher, and I try not to hurt myself,” he says.
Hugh Jackman Excels In Both Action Movies And Theater Roles
The Grammy award winner and two times Tony award winner has played the Marvel superhero Wolverine in several films, including “X-Men” in 2000, “X2: X-Men United” in 2003, and “X-Men: The Last Stand” in 2006. He also did the voiceover for the character in video games like “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” This talented performer is set to return as Wolverine in the upcoming Marvel Studios movie “Deadpool 3.”
Renowned for his action-packed portrayal of Wolverine, the multi-faceted actor has also made a name for himself in the theater world, showcasing his acting prowess in highly-acclaimed productions like “The River” (2014-2015) and “The Boy from Oz” (2003-2004).
Hugh Jackman Accidentally Rips His Broadway Costume
In an interview with Variety, Jackman made a humorous confession. He disclosed that he inadvertently tore his costumes from “The Music Man” due to his rigorous bodybuilding routine for his upcoming film “Deadpool 3.”
Recounting the experience, he told the publication that he apologized to the entire cast, his dresser, and his wife and joked that “all the protein shakes are starting to kick in fast.”
The “The Greatest Showman” actor also revealed that his costumes for “The Music Man” had been readjusted twice already, with Velcro added to accommodate his rapid changes in size. “The other night, I could hear the Velcro go creaking and actually pop open; I’ve split two pairs of pants,” he said per Insider.
Jackman previously talked about how working out for his starring role in “Deadpool 3” has been a challenging one compared to past endeavors. According to the movie star, it’s been incredibly difficult juggling bulking up while simultaneously hitting the stage for “The Music Man.”