Hugh Jackman in ‘The Wolverine’ Joins the Long Legacy of Wife Beater Tank Tops in Movies

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Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine in the X-Men franchise for over a decade now. And with each new film, viewers are treated to more scenes of the muscular stud’s rippling biceps and pecs in those fantastic ribbed tank tops. You know the ones I mean — hate the name, love the style: the wife beater. And The Wolverine (thank God) is no exception. 

But Jackman’s Logan is just the most recent in a long line of wife beater tanks in movies. In wearing the underwear as outwear he joins an esteemed group of men and women that includes Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, and Vin Diesel. Launch our gallery for a guided tour of the tiny tank on the big screen. 

GALLERY: A Brief History of Wife Beater Tank Tops in Movies 

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Celebrity Editor Abbey Stone hails from the fair isle of Martha's Vineyard, a lovely, vaguely dinosaur-shaped spot of land located off the coast of Cape Cod, MA, that is best known for exporting preppy salmon-colored pants. But the bright lights of New York City beckoned, and Abbey was lured away from her coastal haven to attend Barnard College. She graduated in 2010 with a degree in English and a much less useful minor in Dance. Abbey has been published in Dance Magazine, The Huffington Post, Time Out New York, and Popstar! magazine (where she learned more than she ever wanted to know about Justin Bieber). Abbey now lives in Brooklyn, where she spends her days watching stupid Internet videos and reading pretentious books.