Jackman ‘eating 6,000 calories a day’

London: Hollywood star Hugh Jackman has revealed that he is on a high-calorie diet in preparation for the next installment of his hit film franchise, ‘Wolverine’.

His director Darren Aronofsky has ordered him to look even bigger than he did in ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ two years ago.

“It’s 6,000 calories a day. It’s rough,” a daily quoted him as saying.

The 42-year-old Australian is also following an intense fitness regime and has already gained around 20lbs heavier than he was in 2009.

“Right now, I’m at 210 [15st],” Jackman said of his current weight.

“Darren said with the last one, ``Hey you looked great, but you’re so tall that in those long shots you looked kind of like Clint Eastwood, and that’s not Wolverine``.

“He said that Wolverine, in the comics, is powerful, stocky...he’s short and thick. So he said, ``I want you to go there, get bigger``.

“If I have a massive heart attack, well, you tell everyone what I was going for,” Jackman told the LA Times newspaper.

The actor promises the new film will be “the best of the bunch.”

The ‘Wolverine’ is scheduled for a 2012 release.