Do you know what is harder than losing weight for a role? Putting on weight for a role. That is exactly what Alicia Vikander did before she portrayed Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider”; 12 pounds to be exact. Alicia worked with Magnus Lygdbad, the same trainer who got Gal Gadot ready for “Wonder Woman” and took seven months to gain weight for the role.
She used MMA fight training, swimming, and intensive strength training to bulk up as Lara. The hard work paid off and we can definitely see her fighting in the octagon against Ronda Rousey in a hypothetical movie.
Jennifer Garner was in Mint Condition for “Peppermint”
Jennifer Garner has never been known for her muscles, but that might change after you watch her in “Peppermint.” The movie follows Jennifer as Riley North who becomes a vigilante to get revenge after the cartel killed her daughter and husband.
Jennifer added MMA and boxing to her workout sessions and got some pythons as arms as result. She did a great job preparing for this role, and now we just hope we don’t run into Jenny down a dark alley at night.
Blake Lively Had to Dig Deep for “The Shallows”
Getting in shape is hard regardless of where you are in life. It is even harder when you just had a baby. Well, for Blake Lively that was the case when she had to get in shape for “The Shallows,” only a few months after welcoming her oldest daughter, James, into the world.
She put herself into gear, worked out 13 hours a day, and got into incredible shape for her role. Good on you Blake because we think we would have just searched for a new role if we were in your shoes.
Kumail Nanjiani and His “The Eternals” Transformation
Kumail Nanjiani broke the internet when he posted a picture of his body transformation for his role in “The Eternals.” Everyone was drooling over his abs and that includes us. The pool at our feet still hasn’t dried.
Anyways, this transformation took Kumail over a year, and with the help of the best trainers and nutritionists money can buy. He even admits this transformation was hard and without the time and resources available to him through Marvel his body wouldn’t have ever happened.
People Went Mad (Men) for Alison Brie's “GLOW” Transformation
Who would have thought that Trudy Vogel from “Mad Men” would go on to play a wrestler, Ruth “Zoya the Destroya” Wilder in “GLOW”? Not us. However, that is exactly what she did. She bulked up for her role with the trainer, Jason Walsh, and now can do 11 pull-ups without assistance. That’s pretty impressive because we can only do 5.
She was training up to four days a week and sometimes twice a day. Maybe we have to adopt that strategy if we also want to do 11 pull-ups.