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Just How Much Food is In 6,000 Calories?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 2, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | February 2, 2011 |

I read this morning that Hugh Jackman is planning on consuming a whopping 6,000 calories a day to prepare for his role in the next Wolverine film. It is my understanding that Darren Aronovsky felt that Jackman looked too tall in the first Wolverine, and in order to better look the part — i.e., short, squatty, and muscular — Jackman has been put on this diet. Jackman told The L.A. Times:

“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’s thick and it’s chunky and it’s powerful. I always think of Mike Tyson when he first came on the scene. Sometimes, he was a full foot shorter than his opponents and bent over [with this] massive build. There’s real power. You said bulldog, and that’s it exactly. Exactly. That’s what I’m going for, and if I have a massive heart attack first, well, you tell everyone what I was going for.”

Because I’m less interested in what Hugh Jackman would look like in the next Wolverine movie and more interested in what exactly 6,000 calories entails, I did a little research. My findings suggest that, in order to fulfill those calorie requirements, Jackman would have to eat the equivalent of each one of these:

20 McDonald’s Cheeseburgers

21 McDonald’s Cobb Salads

40 Twinkies

23 California Rolls (6 pieces each)

76 Hardboiled Eggs

300 Brussel Sprouts

30 Servings of Filet Mignon

29 Bowls of Cocoa Puffs

39 PBRs

22 Swanson’s Meatloaf Frozen Dinners

7 Cups of Peanuts

109 Pancakes

4 Hardee’s Monster Thickburgers

4 Large Popcorns at a Movie Theater

2.5 Orders of Uno’s Pizza Skins

2.2 Orders of Outback Steakhouse’s Aussie Fries

The real lesson here? Never order the Aussie Fries at Outback. Also, sushi probably gives you the least amount of calories per dollar of any major food.

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