Hugh Jackman has revealed that he may have done permanent damage to his voice while playing Wolverine in the X-Men films.
The 54-year-old actor, who recently finished a successful run of The Music Man on Broadway, admitted on BBC’s Front Row that he’s done “some damage to his voice with Wolverine” and that his falsetto is not as strong as it used to be.
“My vocal teacher in drama school would’ve been horrified with some of the things I did [as Wolverine],” Jackman said. “We learned a technique [in school] of how to shout and how to yell without ruining your voice. However, during Wolverine, I did some screaming and yelling and things that I think did damage to my voice.”
Jackman first portrayed the Marvel comic book character with healing powers and adamantium claws in 2000’s X-Men, and he’s since played the role in 10 films, including the upcoming Deadpool installment.
In September, Jackman and his longtime frenemy Ryan Reynolds announced in a video that he would return to play the Marvel comic book character, opposite Reynolds’ titular super-healing mercenary.
Despite the potential damage to his voice, Jackman is determined to get back in shape in order to reprise his role in Deadpool 3.
“I’m going to be with my family and train,” he said in an interview with CNN and HBO Max’s Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?. “I’m really fit right now. There’s one thing that eight shows a week, being on Broadway, singing and dancing…I’m fit. So, I’m healthy. I have a good place to start.”
Jackman added that he’s learned “you can’t rush it” when it comes to physical preparation. “I’ve learned that it takes time,” he said. “So, we have six months from when I finish [The Music Man] to when I start filming. And I’m not doing any other work. I’m going to be with my family and train.”
Deadpool 3 is scheduled to premiere on Nov. 8, 2024, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Six.