Paul Rudd was not prepared for the commitment he had to make for this role. The actor and comedian said he dove headfirst into a strict workout regime and had to up his mental game.
He took on the challenge at age 46. To tell the truth, he said the training regimen was “miserable.” It was 10 months of grueling work. He didn’t drink, he ate exclusively vegetables and protein. In short, he said, “I didn’t do anything fun for a year.”
Jamie Foxx Became a Buffed-Up Football Player in 'Any Given Sunday'
One of Hollywood's favorite football movies, Oliver Stone's 1999 film 'Any Given Sunday' featured A-list actors (Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid) and an action-packed plot. But undoubtedly, one of the best performances was that of Jamie Foxx, as he portrayed bulked-up football player Willie Beamen. Foxx endured strict training and weight-lifting until reaching a massive weight of 200 pounds, and then came the harder workouts - actual football drill training.
The real-life football workouts were so intense that Foxx quickly dropped 25 pounds from his newly acquired 200-pound mass. “I really had to bulk up. I got up to about 200 pounds, then lost 25 pounds once I went down to training camp. It made me look bigger on the screen because I was tighter,” said Foxx in an interview.
Scarlett Johansson Gets in Shape for ‘Infinity War’
As Avenger Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson upped her fitness game drastically. She revamped her diet and worked out. A lot. She did several 90-minute sessions per week. She went vegan, except for some lean protein.
She also did martial arts training for stunt work. Scarlett dedicated herself to the regime, but she did allow treats like chocolate cake occasionally. As for tips, Johannsson stresses that everything should be done in moderation.
Vincent Cassel Ate a Lot for ‘Public Enemy Number One’
This César-winning movie was a passion project for French actor Vincent Cassel. He is revered throughout French cinema as the baddest badass of all. In real life, he is married to actress Monica Bellucci, who the French consider the most beautiful woman in the world.
Cassel packed on the weight to play the notorious French outlaw Jacques Mesrine. He said he sat in his bed watching TV, eating, and eating, until he was finally fat enough to do the role. He also passed the time by studying his character.
Gal Gadot Trained Every Day for ‘Wonder Woman’
Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot dedicated herself to the 2016 superhero movie. Training for “Wonder Woman 1984” required a vigorous workout, first thing in the morning, almost every day for six months.
Gadot had to be in top shape to perform fight stunts and flying scenes. In addition to a vigilant workout, she nourished her body by eating three daily meals consisting of whole foods, healthy proteins, complex carbs, like wild rice, and, of course, vegetables.