As one of Hollywood’s most beloved leading men, Hugh Jackman has won over audiences with his impressive acting chops, his dashing good looks, and of course, his unforgettable portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men movie franchise.

But apparently, the iconic role and his trademark roar has done some major damage to his voice, with the Aussie star admitting his former voice teacher in drama school would have been “horrified by some of the things I did in Wolverine”.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Jackman explained, “I’ve done some damage to my voice with Wolverine.”

“My falsetto is not as strong as it used to be, and I put that down directly to some of the growling and yelling I did.”

“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.

“I’m working on it. I work with a singing teacher and I try not to hurt myself.”

Let’s hope his vocal cords are well rested before he takes on the role of Wolverine once again for Deadpool 3 later this year.

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Last month, Jackman also spoke out on rumours that his ripped physique for the role was due to taking steroids.

Speaking in an interview with Chris Wallace for HBO’sWho’s Talking to Chris Wallace, the host asked,  “Over the years people have wondered, did he juice? Did he take steroids?”

Jackman responded “No, I love my job. And I love Wolverine.”

He continued, “I got to be careful what I say here, but I had been told anecdotally what the side effects are of that.”

“And I was like, ‘I don’t love it that much.’ So no, I just did it the old-school way. And I tell you, I’ve eaten more chickens — I’m so sorry to all the vegans and vegetarians and to the chickens of the world.”

He added, “Literally, the karma is not good for me. If the deity has anything related to chickens, I’m in trouble.”

Instead, the actor gained some abs you could grate cheese off with a gruelling exercise regime over six months prior to the role.

“I’ve learned you can’t rush it,” he said.

“I’ve learned that it takes time. So, we have six months from when I finish to when I started filming. And I’m not doing any other work. I’m going to be with my family and train. That’s going to be my job for six months.”

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