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Hugh Jackman stayed silent to rest his voice during Les Miserables shoot

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Dec 20, 2012 | 6:15am EST

The X-Men star would regularly spend up to 10 hours a day singing for his role as Jean Valjean, so he embraced a special diet and exercise regime and went on vocal rest during his days off, much to the annoyance of his family.

He explains, "There's no coffee, there's no dairy. There's eight hours sleep. I drink hot water with lemon all day long. I would go on vocal rest some days where I wouldn't speak at all. I think my family can't wait 'til I have finished this job because it's like 'Who is this monk who is living with us who's going through some kind of vow of silence?'"

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