Could the future Wolverine you see on the big screen actually be vegan-made? That’s the question posed after reading a new interview from VegNews with vegan nutritionist Brendan Brazier. The 35-year-old endurance athlete, author, and creator of an award-winning line of plant-based whole food nutritional products called Vega has been hired to work with Hugh Jackman as he bulks up for X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, which will be released in 2011.
In the interview, Brazier talks about how Jackman became interested in working with Brazier after trying out his Vega products (something we speculated on back in April ’09 when Hugh was caught with a product bag) and incorporating some of the ideas from his best-selling book Thrive.
“In the past he had eaten a lot of chicken for his role, but he took a lot of Vega, too,” said Brazier. “It turned out I was going to New York City so he said “well why don’t you just come over,” so I went over to his place and we had a great chat and he told me how he was trying out veganism for environmental and health reasons and to set a good example for his kids. It’s not just for his own career anymore, which he wrote in the forward. He was listing the reasons why he was interested in Thrive, and he was concerned for the environment. That’s definitely something that he was aware of, and wanted to help instead of hurt.”
You can read the rest of the excellent interview with Brazier here — but it’s worth noting that he’s still not completely sure if Hugh will go 100% vegan while bulking up for Wolverine.
“There’s a very good chance [he’ll go vegan], and even if he doesn’t completely, a large amount of his diet will be,” says Brazier. “And I think that’s huge, I mean he’s not going to be eating all this chicken; he’s going to build up naturally. What I’m really excited about is that I think it’s going to draw in a whole new audience that would know nothing about it—they wouldn’t even know what vegan is—a lot of teenage kids who love his Wolverine character and want to eat like him.”