It wasn’t special effects. Hugh Jackman’s studly form in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was all him, with a little help from North Vancouver’s Brendan Brazier.

Jackman, impressed by Brazier’s training with Sweat Equity Fitness of Los Angeles  and nutritional knowledge, invited the former professional triathlete and ultra marathon runner to his home in New York.

“I helped him build up for [the next] X-Men movie,” the quiet-spoken Brazier said on a phone interview from Los Angeles where he is promoting his latest book, Whole Foods To Thrive. (He has also written Thrive Fitness and The Thrive Diet.)

“He emailed me a year ago and I happened to be going to New York so I was invited to his place and we chatted. He’s one of the nicest guys. He wants to set a good example for his kids and young fans. He genuinely cares and he’s not just thinking of himself. He’s eating mostly plant-based foods for the next X-Men.”

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