What to Read Next

Hugh Jackman Went 36 Hours With Food Or Water For Les Miserables Role

6 December 2012
WENN
WENN

Many actors go to extreme measures for the parts they play, and no one can accuse Hugh Jackman of not giving his all in latest venture, 'Les Miserables'. The actor went 36 hours without food or water to achieve the gaunt look his character in the story is known for.

As if singing live on set for the role of Jean Valjean wasn't enough, Jackman has now revealed the extreme measures he took to play the iconic part as well as possible. The 'X Men' star fasted for nearly two days and lost almost two stone for the part, becoming dizzy and unwell due to his dedication:

“I lost probably 20lbs to begin with. For me it was about losing as much fat and being as lean as possible. Tom said, ‘If you are recognisable, I want people to think you are sick’.

“So for the first day of shooting I didn’t drink water or any liquids for 36 hours, which a trainer at the time said is a bodybuilder trick which can give you sunken cheeks and sunken eyes.

“So I went for it — and slightly regretted it 20 hours in. “When I see the first shot I am really glad I did it. But I had massive headaches, was slightly dizzy and very, very grumpy.”

It sounds like filming the Oscar-worthy movie was tough for the film veteran. For months Hugh was far away from his wife of 16 years, Deborra-Lee Furness, and their two adopted children, Oscar Maximillian, 12, and Ava Eliot, seven, back home in Australia.

He says: “I was living on my own for the first time without my family. “Nights were spent protecting my voice, sleeping and generally being very unHollywood. I was doing jigsaw puzzles, not exactly the portrait of the movie star.”

The actor concedes that all his hard work has been worth it:

"I don’t care who you are, no matter how many shows you have done, Valjean is one of those roles like Hamlet, it’s meant to demand more of you than anything else.”

Sounds like it certainly did! We can't wait to see it...

Prince William To Surprise Pregnant Kate Middleton With Cosy New Love Nest?
What About Justin Bieber? Selena Gomez 'Is Looking For Her Soulmate'
Robert Pattinson And Kristen Stewart Spotted Kissing, They Are 'Stronger Than Ever'

How Older Men Tighten Their Skin

Men, reduce the look of wrinkles, sagging skin and fine lines with this affordable and effective skin tightening treatment without leaving your home.

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Looking to date someone over 50

Browse profiles and pics for free!

Read This Before You Buy Medigap Plan F

Plan F is the most popular Medicare Supplement plan, but there's another Medigap option you should consider.

Trouble Understanding Your Teen?

Raising teenagers can be a challenge. Learn why teens do what they do in our teen email series.

What Are The Pros & Cons Of A Reverse Mortgage?

More Americans are accessing their home equity to support their retirement years. Speak with a professional and see what you may qualify for today.

Ever Googled Someone? Do A "Deep Search" Instead

Entering a Name and State on this site could reveal info you thought wasn't available. Have you searched yourself or someone you know yet?

VA Mortgage Rates In 2016

VA Rates as Low as 2.75% (3.028% APR) 15 Year Fixed. Exclusive For Veteran & Military Takes 1 Min!

Starwood Credit Card

Earn 25,000 Bonus Starpoints®! Use toward Award Nights or Flights.

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Dealing With Pregnancy is Hard Enough. Getting Heartburn While Pregnant is a Pain. Learn What Causes Heartburn During Pregnancy.

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

Is your insurance comp Laughing Behind Your Back?

New Studies Show that if you drive less than 55 miles a day you can save a ton on auto insurance.

“It works. Officers were at my home in minutes."

Built by the leading engineers in the country with revolutionary wireless technology... Engineered to make your home feel like a fortress...

It's Time To Party With This Great DMC Offer!

Get 4 Disney Movies For $1 With Membership. See Details. Exclusive Titles, Merchandise, Offers & Discounts. Plus, Free Shipping On Your Initial Order!