You might know Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, the claw-bearing mutant of the "X-Men" movie franchise. And in real life, he's an exercise fanatic, posting pictures a-plenty of his intense workouts in New York City.
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It's all a ruse. Or so he says, biceps notwithstanding. "The truth is, I've worked out once. I took a photographer. We did about seven hours and I'm eking those photos out for the next two years," jokes Jackman, while promoting his underdog comedy "Eddie the Eagle," out Friday.
He's tried to sort of lift his costar Taron Egerton along for the ride. Maybe. "While we're promoting we've been training together," says Jackman, as Egerton shakes his head. "He's Welsh. They're tough. I'm totally making it up."
Egerton, who plays Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, the British skier who in 1988 became the first Brit to compete in Olympic ski jumping, sets Jackman straight. "To be clear, when we say we're training together, basically I go down to the gym and Hugh just benches me," he says.
The two play trainer and trainee in the film, opening Friday. "I just read the script and thought it was brilliant. It was a great opportunity to try and morph a little bit," says Egerton.
Which meant in the most true physical sense. "He had a quite prominent under-bite and that was something I wanted to try and mimic. I wasn't spending much time at the gym," says Egerton of Eddie.
For Jackman, the connection to the subject was more personal. "He's a folk hero in Australia. He's fearless. We loved him. I didn't know half the story. This was this guy's dream from when he was a kid," he says.
Normally, it's Jackman flexing his muscles on screen. Not this time. "It was great to do an entire training montage and be reading a magazine the entire time," he says.
In one scene, he holds Eddie over his head. "I wanted to do it with one hand and (the director) said that was showing off," jokes Jackman.
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Actor Hugh Jackman, who stars in the film "X-Men," arrives with his wife Deborah at the New York premier of the film "Coyote Ugly" Monday, July 31, 2000. (AP Photo/Mitch Jacobson)
Hugh Jackman poses for photographers as he arrives for the premiere for "Kate & Leopold," Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, in Los Angeles. Jackman stars in the movie with Meg Ryan. (AP Photo/Rene Macura)
Actor Hugh Jackman announces nominations for the 2002 Golden Globe Awards in this Dec. 20, 2001 photo. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson)
Australian actor Hugh Jackman arrives with his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness at the 74th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 24, 2002, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
Photo by: Lee Roth STAR MAX, Inc. - copyright 2003 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Telephone/Fax: (212) 995-1196 4/28/03 Hugh Jackman at the premiere of "X-2: X-Men United". (Hollywood, CA) (Star Max via AP Images)
Host Hugh Jackman gestures during the 57th Annual Tony Awards, Sunday, June 8, 2003, at New York's Radio City Music Hall. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Actor Hugh Jackman poses for A photograph on a balcony at the Regency Hotel in New York April 23, 2004. Jackman stars in the title role of the new horror movie "Van Helsing." (AP Photo/Jim Cooper)
Australian actor Hugh Jackman, star of the new film "Van Helsing," gestures for photographers at the world premiere of the film in Universal City, Calif., Monday, May 3, 2004. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Host Hugh Jackman, left, and actor Sean Combs perform during a commercial break for the 58th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, Sunday, June 6, 2004, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Hugh Jackman accepts the Tony award for Best Actor in a Musical for "The Boy from Oz" during the 58th Annual Tony Awards Sunday, June 6, 2004, at New York's Radio City Music Hall. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman, left, talks with New York Yankees manager Joe Torre before the game against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2004 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Australian actor-dancer Hugh Jackman holds the award for outstanding individual performance in a variety or music program for his work on the "58th Annual Tony Awards" at the 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Actor Hugh Jackman and Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter, give a thumbs up as they arrive to The Penfolds Icon Gala Dinner at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006. The event brings together and honors Australians who have made significant international contributions across various industries. Jackman received the "Excellence in Entertainment" award.(AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc)
Australian actor Hugh Jackman laughs during a press conference announcing a national tour of the Broadway hit "The Boy From Oz" in Sydney, Monday Feb. 13, 2006. Jackman won a Tony award for his portrayal of Peter Allen in the show that will tour Australia from early Aug. 2006. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Actor Hugh Jackman arrives for the premiere of "X-Men: The Last Stand," in Mexico City, Mexico, Monday, May 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Jennifer Szymaszek)
Australian actor Hugh Jackman poses following interviews for his new film "X-Men: The Last Stand," at the 59th International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Sunday, May 21, 2006. (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)
Hugh Jackman, star of "X-Men:The Last Stand," appear on stage during MTV's "Total Request Live" show at the MTV Times Square Studios, Thursday, May 25, 2006 in New York. "X-Men:The Last Stand" opens worldwide May 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman poses for photographers during a media event announcing his new movie "X-Men: The Last Stand" Friday, June 16, 2006, in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
Actor Hugh Jackman poses on the press line at "A Fine Romance" to benefit the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Culver City, Calif. on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Actors Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman appear on stage at the 42nd Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday Nov. 12, 2008 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Australian actress Nicole Kidman, left, and Australian actor Hugh Jackman arrive for the British premiere of Australia, at a central London cinema, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
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Australian actor Hugh Jackman poses By the Eiffel Tower in Paris Friday, April 17, 2009. Jackman is in Paris to promote the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine.(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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Hugh Jackman, star of "X-Men Origins" places his hands in cement during a ceremony outside Grauman's Mann Chinese Theater Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Actor Hugh Jackman laughs as he enjoys the thousands of fans attending the world premiere of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" Monday, April 27, 2009, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Hugh Jackman arrives to the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" screening on Tuesday April 28, 2009, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor Hugh Jackman his wife Deborra-Lee Furness and daughter Ava attend a boxing competition charity event to benefit The East Harlem School at Exodus House, Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at the Aerospace High Performance Center in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actors Daniel Craig, left, and Hugh Jackman pose during a photo opportunity following the Broadway opening performance of 'A Steady Rain' on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 in New York. 'A Steady Rain' stars Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Actor Hugh Jackman, left, and former boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard pose for photos at Cowboys Stadium before the NFL Super Bowl XLV football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Actor Hugh Jackman arrives before the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Actor Hugh Jackman poses for photographers during a photocall for his new movie 'Real Steel' in Munich, southern Germany, Monday, Sept.12, 2011. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Hugh Jackman attends a press event to promote his new stage show "Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway" in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
From left, co-stars of the LES MISERABLES film, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, pose for a portrait, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
Honoree Hugh Jackman attends the Museum of the Moving Image Salute to Hugh Jackman at Cipriani Wall Street on Tuesday Dec. 11, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actor Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness attend the premiere for "Les Miserables" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday Dec. 10, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
From left to right, Oscar Jackman, actress Deborra-Lee Furness, Ava Jackman, and actor Hugh Jackman pose together at Hugh Jackman's star ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Actor Hugh Jackman poses with the award for best performance by an actor in a motion picture - comedy or musical for "Les Miserables" backstage at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Hugh Jackman, nominated for best actor in a leading role for "Les Miserables," arrives at the 85th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Hugh Jackman arrives at the London premiere of Wolverine at the Empire Leicester Square in London on Tuesday, July 16, 2013. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Hugh Jackman seen at the 20th Century Fox Presentation at 2013 Comic-Con, on Saturday, July, 20, 2013 in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for 20th Century Fox/AP Images)
Actor Hugh Jackman poses for a portrait on day 3 of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Hugh Jackman and Melissa Leo seen at Warner Bros. Premiere of 'Prisoners', on Thursday, Sep, 12, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros./AP Images)
Australian actor, Hugh Jackman received the Donostia Award at the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival in San Sebastian, Spain, Friday, September. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Abraham Caro Marin)
Emily Ratajkowski, left, Hugh Jackman pose backstage at the 3rd annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision for NFL/AP Images)
Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness visit the Empire State Building's observation deck in celebration of Australia Day, on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 8: Hugh Jackman at Good Morning America to promote X-Men Days of Future Past in New York City on May 8, 2014. Credit: RW/MediaPunch/IPX
Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy are seen at the launch X-Men, Days of Future Past on Monday, March. 31st, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
Hugh Jackman attends the "X-Men: Days of Future Past" world premiere on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Australian actor Hugh Jackman who plays Wolverine waves during an event for the Japan Premiere of X-Men Days Of Future Past in Tokyo, Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Actor Hugh Jackman attends Columbia Pictures' "Chappie" cast photo call at the Crosby Street Hotel on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Hugh Jackman speaks at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Garrett Hedlund, left, Levi Miller, Rooney Mara and Hugh Jackman attend the premiere of "Pan" at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)