When we last heard Hugh Jackman talking about the mental and physically-challenging body transformation he undergoes to become the superhero Wolverine, the 44-year-old was consuming over 5,000 calories daily. In a new interview with Men's Health magazine, he admits that number is actually a bit higher. 

"I eat one steak a day minimum," he revealed, adding that his daily caloric intake is now above 6,000. "Now I don’t know any doctors recommending a 12oz steak every day. I’m pretty sure that’s not good. And my carbon footprint is disgusting."

In a separate discussion with the Daily Mail, Jackman added that he also downs a dozen eggs every day, saying that he's worried he might have a heart attack.  "The only way that seems to work is eating chicken. I know there are vegan bodybuilders but chicken is what works for me. Lots and lots of chicken."

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Speaking of veganism, Jackman tells Men's Health that he may just give up animal products for awhile as a sort of penance for the last year of bulking up. “…I think after this film I need to be vegan for a while, just as my way of giving back to the animals.”

This isn't the first time Jackman has flirted with going vegan. Back in 2010, in a foreword for famed vegan nutrionist Brendan Brazier's book "Thrive," the actor wrote "There's every chance that I will be a vegan by the time you read this. I am no longer interested in the 'at any costs' part of the equation [when preparing for a role]." 

He added, “Like most of us, I want the best out of life: I want my body and mind to run at full potential… I found myself having to put on twenty pounds of lean muscle for another film version of Wolverine… I actually started using Brendan Brazier’s Vega products.”

Ok, so clearly the "at any costs" thing didn't stick. "I’m going to some kind of chicken hell at the end of this," Jackman told Access Hollywood. "I’ve literally murdered nations of chickens. Yes, I’m not the poster boy for the vegan movement, but it’s that and training hard and time.”

"The Wolverine" hits theaters July 24. Check out a trailer below. 


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Hugh Jackman may go vegan after crazy 'Wolverine' diet
Actor says the carbon footprint of his intense eating regimen 'is disgusting.'