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Milwaukee's 'Milverine' stars in Vice documentary

Posted at 12:12 PM, Feb 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-16 13:12:34-05

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee native John Hamann, also known as the Milverine, has been featured in his own documentary made by Vice.

New York-based Vice took an interest in Milwaukee's Milverine and gave him his very own short documentary entitled, "Wisconsin Legend "Milverine" Has Never Left Milwaukee."

Recognized by his tall, strong features, John Hamann got his nickname Milverine because of his resemblance to Hugh Jackman's Wolverine.

According to Hamann, though, he looks more like Wolverine than Jackman ever could.

"In the comic book it looks like me more than it does like Jackman, you know?" he said. "Jackman is more of a pretty boy dancer type. If me and Jackman got in a fight, he would lose."

Prior to getting his nickname, Hamann had never even heard of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, but ever since tourists and locals have taken him in as a celebrity and even made a beer with his face on the label.

"If you live in Milwaukee and don't know the Milverine, there might be something wrong with you," said a spokesperson from Milwaukee's local brewing company Mobcraft.

The Milverine is known for walking the streets of Milwaukee with his shirt off, in addition to looking just like Wolverine.

"I typically walk about four to five hours a day, more in the summer when it's nicer weather and more when it's extremely cold," said Hamann. "When it's extremely cold you can walk all day. You never get thirsty."

In addition to getting his very own beer, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has even started working on a bobblehead of Milverine. According to the documentary, the museum called Hamann at least a hundred times to get his permission. When they finally got ahold of him, he simply told the museum to use a photo from online.

That bobblehead is now in the works.

For a while, the Milverine seemed to vanish because of an injury. Milwaukee locals began to panic and wonder where he had gone, but all was well a short while later when he returned.

"I'm never going away because I'm never going anywhere... I'll haunt everybody forever," said Hamann.

To watch the full documentary featuring this Milwaukee legend, click here.

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