The Science Behind Jean Valjean

Thursday, January 10, 2013

It was recently announced that actor Hugh Jackman has been nominated for an Academy Award as Lead Actor in the film Les Miserables. His portrayal of Jean ValJean, the prisoner-turned-hero of the musical has been heralded by many as the best performance of his career.

Anyone who sees Les Mis will quickly notice the extreme physical presence of Mr. Jackman. Not only does he sing through take-after-take (intense singing, as any vocalist will tell you, can be as strenuous and demanding as an hour at the gym), but Jackman also plays a character made strong by years of intensive labor, and had to look the part.

"Weirdly, this was almost more physical in a way than an 'X-Men' movie!" Jackman told Vulture. "I was spending even longer in the gym — like three hours in the gym — because I needed to be as emaciated as possible, but still keep muscle on for Jean Valjean."

So what is his secret? How did he maintain his muscle mass without putting extra fat on? The answer, according to his trainer Mike Ryan, is quality protein and essential amino acids.

"The need for good-quality protein either side of a hard workout is a priority," Ryan told Men's Fitness Magazine. "We were using protein powder regularly. I made sure Hugh got plenty of amino acids before training and immediately after, and then he would have protein at night-time, such as cottage cheese."

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So congratulations to Hugh Jackman for his Oscar nomination, and good luck to those looking to bring some  "movie magic" into their own fitness program.

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