Character: Jean Valjean, a Frenchman trying to assimilate to normal life after his release from prison Weight change: Jackman lost 15 pounds and later regained 30 pounds to convey his character's eventual success. Method: Jackman said he avoided carbohydrates but ate seven times a day to maintain the physique of an emaciated "ox of a man." By not drinking liquids for three days, Jackman said he easily waved goodbye to 10 pounds. There's more: The actor also transformed his vocal chords to star in the movie musical, training to expand his range an octave so he could hit those tenor notes.
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