Hugh Jackman, 43, may have had a busy year, appearing in four films that came out in 2011 and having three in post-production, including the anticipated Les Miserables — also starring Anne Hathaway and Sacha Baron Cohen, in which he plays Jean Valjean — but the Aussie hottie doesn't have any trouble kicking back and taking it easy when he's not at the studio.

Jackman was playing with his kids, Oscar, 12, and Eva, 6, at a beach in Barcelona this week, laughing and splashing in the water, wearing black board shorts and flaunting his rippling muscles. Jackman's vacation is short-lived, however, reports the UK's Daily Mail. He will soon go back to work to reprise his celebrated role as Wolverine in the next X-Men installment, appropriately entitled The Wolverine.

The Wolverine is expected to hit theaters in the summer of 2013. Les Miserables will be out on December 14, 2012. The Victor Hugo adaptation, directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) and starring Jackman, Hathaway, Baron Cohen, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Helena Bonham Carter.

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