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Hugh Jackman On Wolverine Body, Training With Sugar Ray Leonard And His Mr. Nice Guy Rep

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Sep. 7 2011, Published 6:00 a.m. ET

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By Leah Ornstein - Style & Beauty Editor

Aussie actor Hugh Jackman gets up close and personal in the October 2011 issue of Men’s Fitness Magazine, where the hot-bodied star of the X-Men franchise reveals to contributing editor Tim Struby that he isn’t really a badass in real life, he doesn’t enjoy working out and what it was liking training for his soon to be released film Real Steal with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard. has all the interview highlights!

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He may play a tough guy in the movies, but in real life Jackman, 43, is far from fierce.

"I'm a bit of a people pleaser, unfortunately,” he admits. “My wife of 15 years Deborra-Lee Furness says it's hard to be married to me. She wishes I were more of an asshole."

Though Jackman grew up playing sports, and is famous for transforming his body for movie roles, the 6’3”, 195-pound actor shockingly reveals that if he wasn’t getting paid the big bucks, he would just be a ‘tall, lean, fit guy’.

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"I don't really enjoy training. People say it's addictive, but I'm like, 'not so much.'"

Spending a year getting ready to play a former pro boxer-turned-fighting robot trainer in Real Steel, the actor got to work with Sugar Ray Leonard, who taught him how to move like a veteran of the ring – but it wasn’t the physical moves he learned from the legend, which got him in the fighting spirit – it was the importance of the trainer-fighter relationship.

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"Ray also explained that it's all about the eyes," says Jackman. "The intensity that a fighter possesses. He taught me how to express that without words."

To read all about how Hugh Jackman maintains his fighting form, pick up a copy of the October 2011 issue of Men’s Fitness Magazine, which is on newsstands now.


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