While there are plenty of sexy celebrity vegans out there, having People Magazine's 2008 "Sexiest Man Alive" in the mix would certainly bring a lot of attention to the animal-friendly diet. 

Hugh Jackman has created a whirl of speculation that he will soon give up meat and dairy thanks to a foreword he wrote for the new book "Thrive: The Vegan Nutrition Guide to Optimal Performance in Sports and Life" by Brendan Brazier.

Jackman, 41, credits the diet for giving him his buff physique while filming "Wolverine" in 2009, for which he put on 20 pounds of muscle. He also adds, "there’s every chance that I will be a vegan by the time you read this.” Since "Thrive" comes out next week, everyone is wondering if the actor has actually made the switch.

Well, The NY Post took the initiative and contacted a rep (because they're obviously supposed to know this) who said that no, the actor has not gone vegan.

Either way, for those who saw "Wolverine", knowing that Jackman built up his body without animal products is fairly impressive. Especially considering all the myths about vegans being "wimpy" as a result of their diet. Having "Thrive" hit shelves and hearing about Hugh's success with going veg should be a great promotional tool for those looking to bring out the animal in them — without actually hurting any in the process.

Check out Brazier's official site here for more details on his vegan training books. "Thrive" hits Sept. 14.

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Is Hugh Jackman going vegan?
Actor's proclamation in foreword of new vegan nutrition book ignites rumors.