Hugh Jackman Praises 'The Wolverine' Director Darren Aronofsky, Gets Advice From Dwayne Johnson

WolverineMany fans are still scratching their heads about Darren Aronofsky's new job as the director of "The Wolverine," the standalone non-sequel to "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." But according to series lead Hugh Jackman, Aronofsky's attachment to the comic book movie wasn't just a no-brainer — it was a long time coming, as well.

"I've been trying to get Darren since 'X-Men 3,' really," Jackman told Entertainment Weekly during a recent interview. "We've been talking about this and 'Wolverine' for so long."

Jackman, who worked with Aronofsky previously on "The Fountain," described the director as "a visionary" and elaborated on some of the creative conversations they've already had.

"We had a meeting about three weeks ago, catching up as friends more than anything, and he just ran a few ideas by me and my eyes just lit up, because already I think this is like a whole new ballgame," said the actor. "Just the ideas, the level of depth, and intelligence, and creativity. I think he’s been waiting so long to do a movie in this genre. When he found the script, he said this is it. It’s really exciting.”

It's not all a cake walk for Jackman, however, as his new "Wolverine" director has already issued a harsh order: the Australian actor must gain 25 pounds of muscle before reprising his role as the adamantium-laced mutant, "which is more than I ever have [put on] for the role," he says. Jackman says he's asked Dwayne Johnson for advice, as the wrestler-turned-actor recently added 25 pounds for "Faster," and had a startling answer: six months, a pound per week and 6,000 calories a day.

"It's not easy for me," said Jackman. "Because I'm actually quite long and lean."

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