The daily gossip: Hugh Jackman denies taking steroids for Wolverine role, Kaley Cuoco's baby shower involved 400 drones, and more
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Hugh Jackman insists he never took steroids for Wolverine role
How did Hugh get so jacked, man? The hard way, he insists. In an interview with Chris Wallace, Hugh Jackman was asked to address everyone who saw his buff physique as Wolverine in the X-Men films and wondered, as Wallace put it, "Did he juice? Did he take steroids?" Jackman flatly denied doing so. "I love my job, and I love Wolverine," he said before noting he has to be "careful what I say here." He explained that he has been told "anecdotally" what the "side effects" of using steroids are, "And I was like, 'I don't love it that much.' So no, I just did it the old-school way." Jackman is returning as Wolverine in the third Deadpool film, and he told Wallace that training will be "my job for six months" so he can get ripped again before filming begins. So there you have it. If the actor is to be believed, the only thing piercing Wolverine's skin is adamantium.
Kaley Cuoco's baby shower involved 400 drones
Kaley Cuoco is beginning her life as a mother with a big bang. The Big Bang Theory star, who's expecting her first child with Tom Pelphrey, had an absurdly extravagant baby shower at a horse ranch on Saturday, which included a massive light show that made use of 400 drones. Photos shared on Instagram showed the sky lit up with a giant stork, a drawing of parents holding a child, the words "big baby city" and "Tom + Kaley," and more. Brad Pitt and Regina King were reportedly among the guests. "Last night we got to celebrate our future unicorn surrounded by incredible friends, family & animals in the most magical environment," Cuoco wrote on Instagram, describing the drone show as the "coolest most beautiful thing on Earth" and adding, "Just 400 drones no big deal." The actress has vowed to never get married again, though if she does, look for her to top this shower with a wedding held in space.
Timothée Chalamet's agent claims he hasn't had to audition in over 7 years
And he'll watch … but he won't audition. In what was surely intended as a major flex, Timothée Chalamet's agent has publicly claimed the actor hasn't had to audition for any of his roles in almost a decade. After it was reported that Paul Mescal had been cast in Gladiator 2, a tweet claimed Chalamet was among the actors who auditioned for the role. But the actor's agent, Brian Swardstrom, disputed this, replying that "one of these actors" mentioned in the tweet "hasn't auditioned for anything in more than 7 years." Hollywood's biggest stars are sometimes said to be "offer only," meaning they're big enough to be offered roles without needing to audition for them, and Chalamet's agent appeared to be saying the 27-year-old is in that category — and has been since even before Call Me By Your Name came out. Take that, Twitter: Don't you dare accuse my client of having to work for something.
'Trekkie' Nicolas Cage is 'not really down' to be in 'Star Wars'
Nicolas Cage won't be boldly going where Pedro Pascal has gone before. Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment, Cage was informed that his Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent co-star, who plays the lead character on The Mandalorian, wants to recruit him to the Star Wars universe — but he isn't into it. "I'm not really down," he said. Why? Apparently, he's more of a Star Trek guy. "I'm a Trekkie, man," Cage explained. "I'm on the Enterprise. That's where I roll." Cage added that he thinks the Star Trek movies are "outstanding," and he went on at length about why the franchise represents everything he loves about science fiction and the way it can speak to our times through a genre lens. "I'm not in the Star Wars family," he underlined. "I'm in the Star Trek family." Well, there goes our pitch to remake A New Hope and keep everything the same but have Cage replace R2-D2.
Rooney Mara had a nightmare experience making 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'
The Nightmare on Elm Street remake was apparently as nightmarish to make as it was to watch. On the LaunchLeft podcast, Rooney Mara revealed she had such a terrible time starring in the 2010 horror remake, it nearly made her quit acting. The Women Talking star appeared reluctant to get into details about why, saying she has "to be careful with what I say and how I talk about it." But while noting that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher would later help turn her career around, she said making A Nightmare on Elm Street was "not a good experience," so much so that it made her decide she's "just not going to act anymore unless it's something that" she feels "I have to do." So we can add Mara's name to the long list of people who questioned their life choices because of that movie, as many of us did after going to see it.