One of the most adorable actors on the block, Paul Rudd has our attention after his performance in the super hit movie, Clueless. For his Marvel superhero role in Ant-Man, Paul had to get lean and fit. Paul said that he had never exercised harder than he did for the role. He was indulged in heavy gymnastic workouts, which also demanded for a heavy change in his diet. He had to give up on alcohol as well as any carb-rich food. He admitted that it was specifically hard to give up on alcohol as he has a pub in his basement! His workout included a lot of flips and rolls. He said that his routine was almost impossible to sustain but his role for the movie kept him motivated. Actors really have to keep playing around with their bodies depending upon the role they are doing. For This Is 40, Paul had to put on weight so it was easy for him to keep hogging on cupcakes. Now that surely sounds like something we would do for a diet, right?
For his world-champion boxer role in the film Southpaw, Jake had to put on some lean muscles. He gained a total of 30 pounds of body weight including 15 pounds of muscle mass! No wonder, he is looking so beefed up and great now. As far as his diet was concerned, he didn’t had to amend much as he was anyway doing intense and heavy workouts. He stuck to carbs during the day and proteins at night. When he started his fitness training, he was putting in almost 3 hours a day. In an interview with PEOPLE, Jake talks about how his respect for boxers increased by heaps. He said that the amount of time one has to put into it, the sacrifices that one has to make for their body is not a cakewalk and neither does one get eager to do it again! Two months into his training, he started putting in 6 hours a day. It included 3 hours of boxing during the day and 3 hours of toning and cardio at night. The film’s director said that Jake was putting in so much dedication and hard work to justify the role, that it even caused problems and ended Jake’s relationship with Alyssa Miller. Jake also spoke about how roles that require physical fitness are the hardest to do and is nothing compared to what people out there, in the real world actually do. Well Jake, you must be surely drained of working on your body but we have to say, you look yummy!
You might remember this actor from his role in King Kong, where his physical appearance was rather thin. Before Adrien’s role in The Pianist, he was told to lose as much weight as he possibly can and that clearly paid off as he won the Best Actor Oscar for the role. He is the youngest actor to bag that privilege. Eight years after that, he had to gain weight and muscle for his role in Predators. He gained 25 pounds of muscle, then. So basically, he had lost 30 pounds in six weeks and went from 160 pounds to a 130 for one movie, and then put on 25 pounds of muscle for Predators. Just like in his role for The Pianist, Adrien gave full justice and dedication for his role in Predators (2010). To put on muscle, Adrien ditched alcohol and sugar. Brody said that he started lifting heavy weights to look like a mercenary in an alien-action film. He hadn’t lifted weights since he was in college! He went on a strict schedule, in which he would do intense workouts for six days a week. He even spent nights in a jungle, to feel the role. During his role in The Pianist, Adrien had given up his phone, sold his car and scheduled himself in an apartment to learn piano lessons. During that time, he lost his long term relationship. For Predators, he gave up on sex. Adrien admitted that it completely destroyed him. As much as we think that actors get it easy, we completely miss out on details like these where they go through hardships in order to give justice to their role. Way to go Adrien!
The sexy actor from PS I Love You won the hearts of millions with his mind-blowing physique in the movie, 300. For his role, he went through an intense four months of working out. It surely paid off, as Gerard was looking sexier than ever. He worked towards completely transforming his body and mind. For his role as King in 300, Butler watched what he ate as well as made sure to fuel up every few hours. His workout was intense and not for the weak. He did 25 pull ups, 50 push ups, 50 jumps on a 24 inch box, 50 deadlifts with 135 pounds of weights on the barbell, 50 single arm presses using a 36 pound kettlebell, 50 floor wipers and then another 25 pull ups, all without a break! Phew. For finishing touches, he would indulge in difficult exercises like tire flipping and gymnastics-style training. Gerard said that the routine was difficult and hard to keep up with, especially after the filming was done. Post the filming of the movie, Butler completely gave up on the intense workouts and evidently lost most of the muscle. He then tried to maintain his fitness by keeping a balanced diet with eating healthy and clean. Gerard said that during the film, when he put on that cape and helmet, he not once regretted working out on his body as he felt like a lion. Well Gerard, we have to say, no one could have done that role better.
If you remember his role from the movie A-Team, you must have noticed that Bradley had put on some lean muscles and was looking dapper as Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck in the film. He had to bring himself into shape and cut down on the fat. He gave up on all sugar, salt and flour for the role. He removed sandwiches from his diet. As a substitute, he would have grapes with almonds in between it, Bradley said jokingly. His diet eventually helped him to carve out a tighter midsection and eliminate fat completely. As far as the workout was concerned, he spent about two hours a day with his personal trainer. He followed the 3-2-1 method which involved three cardio circuits, two strength training exercises and one core workout, each for about 10 minutes! He also did a speed-hiking trip up till the famous stretch in Vancouver that was commonly known as “the grind.” Other than this, Bradley had to give up on booze to be able to wake up and kick ass at the gym in the morning. Giving up on booze also made him feel more energized. Bradley said that it was the worst routine and super difficult to keep up to. Considering his love for sandwiches, we hope you are back to eating them Bradley.
On his 50th Birthday, Harvey’s son jokingly called him an ‘old man’ and a call-in listener on his radio show called him ‘over the hill.’ It was then that Steve realized that he wasn’t in shape. He said that his arms looked like blocks of meat just hanging there with no definition or curves in them. He got tired of looking at himself like that and decided that it was the time for a change. With his trainer pal Lee Haney, Harvey started the ’50 and Fly’ campaign which was formed to motivate men who were 40 and above to get up, get in shape and stop whining that they were getting too old. In October 2010, Harvey decided to take up the highly controversial ‘21 Pounds in 21 days’ detox program which didn’t allow to eat or chew on food, substituting it with a complete liquid diet. He started getting active and was always on his feet, working on the treadmill to building his core stimulation. He also did some heavy lifting, rolls and laterals, some serious military style dumbbell presses, lateral pull-downs and frontal raise combos. He also did circuit training exercises like lunges and crunches. Harvey followed a strict rule during his fitness regime that he would eat for what he was about to do and not for what he had already done. He ate carbs before a workout and proteins if he was about to be sedentary for a while. He also aimed to ‘stimulate and not annihilate’ which means that he would workout to keep himself fit, rather than wearing his body down completely. Steve said that he isn’t a gym-rat or a bodybuilder, but for the shape he is maintaining at the age he is at, he seems pretty fit. Bravo Steve!
Joe got totally ripped and his gorgeous abs deserves a standing ovation. During his role in One Tree Hill as Owen Morello, Joe wasn’t really scrawny but he always wanted a bigger, bulkier and ripped body. Later for his role in True Blood, he had no better reason than to get ripped. It was then that he took fitness really seriously and there was not looking back for Joe. He kept a strict watch on his diet and stuck to eating proteins like chicken, eating oatmeal, green beans, apples, protein bars, fish and almonds. He also followed a pattern in the gym. He did legs on Monday and Thursday, shoulders and biceps on Tuesday and Friday, and back and triceps on Wednesday and Saturday. He also did 45 minutes of cardio every day before breakfast. Joe recalls a time when a friend called him up and said that he got a cake with a picture of Joe on it, for a girl in his friend’s office. He said that a year before that he wasn’t really on anybody’s cake and he felt really good about himself. It made him want to work even harder on his physique and we have to say that you look quite handsome Joe.
Everyone remembers this comedian for being fat, chubby and wearing thick black glasses. Drew lost 70 pounds of weight in five months! During a chat, Drew said that he was just tired of being fat and needed a change in his life. He cut down on all kinds of carbs completely. No bread, crackers, pizza, corn and no beans. Basically, he cut down starch of all kinds as well. Instead he ate egg whites, yogurt, fruits, lean meats and lots of water. Drew took advice from his trainer, but mostly worked out on his own. He followed a strict cardio program which involved loads of running. He was once detected with Type 2 Diabetes. After his transformation, Carey said that the disease completely left his body. He admits to have cheated on his diets a couple of times, but hey, who doesn’t, right?
For his mind blowing performance in The Machinist, Christian had to portray an insomniac factory worker with a skeleton like body. He had dropped from 180 pounds to 120 pounds. After that, for his role as Batman in The Dark Knight, he bulked back up to 220 pounds. For The Machinist, Bale would barely eat anything, like a tuna or an apple and nothing else! He was on a complete starvation mode, which we have to admit is not very good for one’s body. After that, he had to kick start his metabolism which was quite evidently destroyed during his starvation phase for The Machinist. He started with intense weight workouts, plyometric circuit training and resistance weight training. He added in martial arts, squats, chin-ups, lots of sprints and lunges along with some high-pulls. Shifting from a 120 to 220 pounds, through workouts and weight training, is not a joke. It is not only detrimental to a body, but can also be fatal. Nevertheless, Bale looked god-like as Batman and we adore him for that role. We would definitely give him 10 out of 10 for his hard work, dedication and motivation. We love you Bale.