Great actors are labeled great not only based on their acting prowess, but also due to their dedication to their projects. From gaining those extra pounds to losing weight to look according to the character they are playing, actors leave no stone unturned to nail their performance.

Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth as Thor

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From Marvel’s Thunder God to X-Men’s Logan aka Wolverine- actors have been at the gym for longer hours in order to fulfill the demands of the character. Without going overboard, here is a long list of stars who got so jacked up for a character that they almost looked unrecognizable in real life.

Chris Hemsworth Stuck To A Rigorous Workout Schedule For MCU’s Thor

With blue eyes, high cheekbones, rustic looks, and tall stature the Australian actor Chris Hemsworth looks no less than a Greek god. His portrayal of Marvel’s Thunder God feels as if he was born to play the character. Not many people know that despite being one of the good-looking stars with a great physique in Hollywood, the actor’s gym routine is quite different. According to the health and fitness outlet Coach, director of Michigan-based personal trainers Art of Strength, Michael Knight had revealed the fitness regime of Chris Hemsworth. He said-

“Chris’s regime was split into two parts. The first was a bodybuilder-type protocol focused on high-weight, low-rep moves designed to pack on maximum size, while the second was total-body circuits designed to shift his excess fat while maintaining muscle.”

Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth as Thor

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According to the reputed media outlet Insider, the actor totally depends on his own body mass to build muscles instead of lifting weights at the gym. The Men In Black star consumes 3600 calories per day while training.

Gerard Butler’s Spellbinding Physical Transformation In 300

When one talks about the dedicated stars in Hollywood, whose transformation shocked his audience, Gerard Butler tops the list. The Scottish actor looks no less than some Victorian-era King. He was the face behind the historical epic 300. The movie deals with the Persian-Sparta war, where the 300 army soldiers from Sparta go against the army of 1 million. According to an interview with a media outlet Pop Workouts in 2013, Gerard Butler said-

“I wanted to look really strong. I’ve seen so many actors play these kinds of roles, and you see all this equipment on either a big belly or skinny little arms. “

Chris Hemsworth
Actor Gerard Butler in 300

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In order to play the character of King Leonidas, the actor had to go through a rigorous four-month training. According to Gerard Butler, to portray the warrior in the movie, it was important to develop a warrior’s mentality. His level of dedication for his project 300, is something unheard of in Hollywood.

Hollywood Titan Arnold Schwarzenegger Made Everyone Hit The Gym During Predator

The official action hero of Holywood, Arnold Schwarzenegger needs no introduction when it comes to perfectly getting into the skin of a character. The celebrity bodybuilder reinvented the action genre in Hollywood. The actor had completely transformed himself physically for the movie Predator. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Predator star Bill Duke revealed the fitness regime of the actor on the set of the movie. He said-

“It was this gigantic gym that Arnold shipped to Mexico in these gigantic trucks so that the [hotel] ballroom, that was our gym. Arnold knocked on my door at 5:30 and woke me up. I started lifting with them and they all would start yelling at me to lift more weights and more reps.”

Chris Hemsworth
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator

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He further added-

“And that night, I was in so much pain that the next morning when they came to my door and started banging, I pretended that I slept through it so that I wouldn’t have to lift with them anymore.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first movie was Hercules in New York released in 1970. He was recently seen in Netflix’s Fubar. 

Former Football Star Carl Weathers Was Dependent On Vegetable Based Protein For Rocky

When one talks about the best sports genre movie, Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky tops the chart. The actor got recognition from Rocky. The former football player Carl Weathers was introduced to Hollywood with the character of Apollo Creed in the first installment of Rocky. The actor’s name comes under the list of one of the best physical transformations in Hollywood.

Carl Weathers In Rocky

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Carl Weathers was disciplined towards his vegetarian diet along with a rigorous workout regime. He perfectly showed the world that muscle mass can be maintained through a vegetarian diet, in a world of meat-based protein consumption.

Hercules Was Dwayne Johnson’s Most Physically Challenging Role

The wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson was introduced to the world of lights, action, and camera with the billion-dollar fantasy drama franchise The Mummy. During an interview with Hello! magazine in 2014, the actor spoke about playing Hercules. He said-

“It was the most physically challenging and most demanding role I’ve ever played. I wanted to transform my body, and luckily I had a great diet coach and strength trainer.” 

Dwayne Johnson in Hercules

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He further added-

“The most challenging part is that we shot for months in the heat of Budapest, so you get your body to a certain peak. Then you need to keep it at that level for months, because everything has to match from day one to day 95.”

Maximum characters played by the actor Dwayne Johnson are muscular. He has been a part of multiple reputed franchises within his short time in Hollywood.

Jake Gyllenhaal Had Seven Meals Per Day For His Southpaw Look

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Southpaw showed his real capacity as an actor, as his versatility came into the Hollywood spotlight. The actor had to gain muscles in order to play the character of a wrestler in Southpaw.  For the physical transformation, the Love And Other Drugs actor ate up to seven meals in a day.

Jake Gyllenhaal In Southpaw

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He used to consume protein-rich meals along with a rigorous gym routine. The actor is known for his romantic boy look in Hollywood, but after Southpaw, Jake Gyllenhaal proved that he is more than a rom-com actor.

Hugh Jackman Was Grateful To His Physical Trainer For The Muscular Transformation In Wolverine

It is next to impossible to imagine anyone else in the shoes of X-Men’s Logan aka Wolverine. Hugh Jackman’s physical transformation sets him apart from all the X-Men characters in the superhero franchise. The actor has always been grateful to his fitness trainer for his much-loved and appreciated look.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine

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After his warmup exercises, the actor used to move ahead with the rigorous gym routine. The star looked completely unrecognizable after his great physical transformation into the character of Logan.


Source: Movie Web/ Hello Magazine/ The Hollywood Reporter/ Pop Workouts/ Insider/ Coach


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