Anything Hugh Jackman can do, Ramin Karimloo can do better! Well, perhaps when it comes to gym workouts that is. Karimloo has been stunning audiences as Jean Valjean in his Broadway debut in the new revival of Les Miz, not just because of his fabulous vocals, but also thanks to his physique. Karimloo recently revealed we have Jackman, who played the role in the 2012 movie, to thank for that.
After seeing photos of Jackman dead-lifting 405 pounds, the New York Post reports that Karimloo increased his weights up to 415, saying, “Hugh inspired me to push on.” Karimloo's wife, Mandy, a fitness teacher, helped him reach his goals. “After our first fit test, Ramin went white and passed out,” she said. “I had to carry him to the shower.”
Judging by what’s going on at Les Miz’s stage door every night, it’s Karimloo who’s now making others pass out for rather different reasons! We're just dreaming a dream that he and 2014 Tony host Jackman will find a way to duet at this year's ceremony on June 8!