Kumail Nanjiani : Wanted to look like Hrithik Roshan
Los Angeles, March 11 (IANS): Pakistan-origin actor-comedian Kumail Nanjiani says he wanted to look like Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan in Marvel’s upcoming epic saga “The Eternals”.In Marvel’s “The Eternals”, Nanjiani will play Kingo, a cosmic being living on Earth. His secret identity would be of a big Bollywood star. Nanjiani stunned the world when he unveiled his new look in 2019 for “The Eternals”. Now, he has revealed that Hrithik was a big inspiration in his fitness journey.
In Men’s Health’s April cover story, the actor said that he wanted Kingo to be Bollywood Bruce Willis and Marvel’s John McClane. “I was like, ‘How can a character crack wise but still have tension, and not make it fee; like you’re making fun of the whole thing?'” Nanjiani said. This time, he had a Bollywood inspiration. “I went to my trainer and said, ‘I want to look like this guy’,” said Nanjiani. “This guy” was Hrithik. The physical transformation wasn’t easy. Nanjiani struggled with body dysmorphia after a new diet and exercise regime gave him an entirely new physique.”I don’t want to discount people who genuinely have debilitating body issues. I don’t have that. But I did start getting somebody dysmorphia.
I’d look in the mirror and I’d see my abs – and when I looked again, they would fade. I would just see the flaws,” he said. However, once he went public with his new body, Nanjiani found it really helpful to see the reaction from his fans on social media.”When I saw that reaction was when I was like, ‘Okay, I clearly don’t see what’s actually there. It’s something I’m trying to be aware of and be better at because that’s not a good way to be. You want to be easy on yourself,” he said. Director Chloe Zhao will be bringing the world of Jack Kirby-created comic, which debuted in July 1976, alive.
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I never thought I’d be one of those people who would post a thirsty shirtless, but I’ve worked way too hard for way too long so here we are. You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I found out a year ago I was going to be in Marvel’s Eternals and decided I wanted to transform how I looked. I would not have been able to do this if I didn’t have a full year with the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the biggest studio in the world. I’m glad I look like this, but I also understand why I never did before. It would have been impossible without these resources and time. So big thanks to @grantrobertsfit who started working with me at the beginning of the year and made me understand true physical pain for months and months. Then, once we started shooting, a massive thanks to @davidhigginslondon and his team (@ellispartridge, @thebeardypt, @tomcheesemanfitness) for training me almost every day and making me strong, limber and injury free. I can almost touch my toes now. (And thank you for forcing me to do cheat meals David.) Matthews Street Catering for their delicious and healthy meals. And finally, the biggest thanks goes to @emilyvgordon for putting up with me complaining and talking about only working out and dieting for the last year. I promise I’ll be interesting again some day. #thirstyshirtless (Photo by @markupson.) (edit: I left off one very important person: @lancecallahan who trained me for 6 years and helped me build the foundation I could use to do this. Thank you!)
It is about super-powered beings The Celestials and their villainous adversaries The Deviants in a war set millions of years ago.”The Eternals” also features Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Gemma Chan, and Barry Keoghan. The movie is scheduled to release in November.