Jonathan Majors was one of the most promising stars during the start of 2023 with his back-to-back blockbusters Creed 3 and Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. He played the character of Damian, a rival boxer alongside Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed. The American sports drama was a critical and commercial blockbuster worldwide.

Jonathan Majors
Jonathan Majors

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According to the Marvel star, in order to incorporate the physicality of the antagonist, rigorous strength and weight training were required. During an interview with a media outlet, Jonathan Majors spoke about the preparation that was required for his Creed 3 character.


Jonathan Majors On Playing The Character Of Damian In Creed 3

As the third installment of Creed comes under the list of one of the best sports dramas ever made in Hollywood, actor Jonathan Majors went through strict strength training in order to prepare for the character of antagonist Damian. During an interview with a reputed media outlet NPR, Jonathan Majors spoke about his character Damian and the preparation that was required to play that role. He said-

“There’s gradations to it, of course. This is cinema, so I’m going for the cinematic. That takes work. There are, you know, 2 o’clock workout sessions where you’re just crying on the floor because your abs just feel like they just stop working. There are days that I couldn’t feel my arms.”

Jonathan Majors
Jonathan Majors in Creed 3

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Jonathan Majors went on to describe the entire process as a spiritual, emotional, and physical transformation for himself. He underwent strict diet plans and strength training in order to develop the mentality of a boxer for Creed 3. His hard work and determination paid off as the actor was critically acclaimed for his performance in the sports drama.

Michael B. Jordan On Working With Jonathan Majors In Creed 3

Not many people know, but the suggestion of Jonathan Majors was given by actor Michael B. Jordan for Creed 3. During an interview with the reputed media outlet The New York Post, the actor duo spoke about their first Facetime call in order to discuss their respective characters in Creed 3. Michael B. Jordan said-

“I was all in my head, like, “OK, what are the things I would want to hear? This dude can do a million different things right now. What’s going to make him take a chance on this actor-director who hasn’t directed [anything]?” I knew I had to be truthful about what this project meant to me, and I wanted to make sure he knew: “I want to glorify you. I want to give you the space and room to do your thing.”

Jonathan Majors
Jonathan Majors and Michael B. Jordan in Creed 3

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Jonathan Majors added-

“Which was mind-altering to me. I just thought, “There’s no way.” I was already doing my risk analysis on the film when I got the call. I was thinking, “What’s worth it? How much am I going to eat?”

While talking about the physical transformation, Jonathan Majors said-

“No, literally, how much do I get to eat? [Laughs.] I’m in the movie for fight scenes, and I’m going to put my ass in. But to be truthful, I was moving on faith. Two alphas? No, bro, we both cannot survive. Somebody’s got to die. That’s the game I thought I was entering into, and he just kept saying, “I got you, bro.” I was like, “Boy, all right.”

Made on a budget of $75 million, the movie went on to gross $275.2 million. With an IMDb rating of 6.8 out of 10, Creed 3 is available on Amazon Prime for streaming.


Source: NPR

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