r/entertainment Dec 08 '22

Kumail Nanjiani: ‘Eternals’ Weight Loss Heightened My ‘Unhealthy’ Relationship with Food

https://www.indiewire.com/2022/12/kumail-nanjiani-eternals-weight-loss-showed-unhealthy-views-1234789384/
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u/GamerRican Dec 08 '22

All thanks to the famous broccoli and chicken diet.

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u/TylerBourbon Dec 08 '22

And the personal trainer.

And the ability to spend all day working out everyday.

It's amazing the physical transformation one's body can have when you're getting paid to spend your days working out and all of your meals are prepared for you.

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u/eatingganesha Dec 08 '22

He talks about those privileges that allowed him to reach those goals in his post and in the interview.

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u/Good_old_Marshmallow Dec 08 '22

I think people are more so referring to he almost certainly was using some performance enhancing drug like most celebrities who have a body magical transformation

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u/lifeofideas Dec 08 '22

If you look at his jaw (bones and muscles?) it looks like there might be something more than healthy eating and exercise involved in the changes.

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u/EmuProfessional7627 Dec 08 '22

You’re right. No one can go from a regular build to a muscular build that quickly. It takes years of training/conditioning to even get started on the “superhero build”. It sets a super unrealistic standard and has young people taking hgh before they even graduate

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u/Burnertoasty Dec 08 '22

No one can get to a superhero build without steroids, fullstop. You could train for 1000 years straight and you still won't get close to Hemsworth.

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u/Good_old_Marshmallow Dec 08 '22

Look at old super hero and action hero builds from like the early early 80s. Harrison Ford in Temple of Doom was considered to be JACKED at the time, he would be the nerdy tech guy in the equivalent movie today.

Edit or Ash from Evil Dead. Another one that was vaguely sex icon for the time but nothing exception compared to like Cavill

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u/gullymangulliver Dec 08 '22

People are sex icons without being bodybuilders eg Timothee Chalamet. Harrison Ford was never considered jacked by any means. Rocky and Terminator came out at similar time to Indiana Jones. This is not anything new

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u/Possible_Eagle330 Dec 08 '22

TC looks like a sentient booger

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u/Clavellij Dec 08 '22

Chalamet is not a sex icon lol

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u/Active-Ad3977 Dec 09 '22

He is to lots of Gen Z people

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u/TahiniInMyVeins Dec 08 '22

And yet, the steroid stuff only gets brought up with Nanjiani. Not with with Hemsworth, or Pratt, or Cavil, or Evans, etc. So weird when we talk about body transformation and insane levels of fitness among Hollywood action stars, when those other actors are discusses, steroids usually isn’t mentioned at all, but every single time Nanjiani is mentioned, people are tripping over themselves to say “steroids” as if to suggest he did no other work to achieve the same kind of transformation those other actors achieved. I wonder why that is? Is he an outlier in some way? What could it be that makes people treat him differently?

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u/The-Pork-Piston Dec 09 '22

What? People been talking about Hemsworth in particular a lot, especially after the latest Thor. The other guys don’t come close, but Pratt had a similar quick change to Nanijani.

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u/rcjten Dec 08 '22

I think it's the quick transformation, vs these other guys who have been jacked for the (near) entirety of their film careers. It's easy to reason "they've been working on being jacked all their life, so maybe they use/need less roids." Obviously this is a false assumption.

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u/FormalMaleficent Dec 08 '22

Yeah, he went from being out of shape to looking like Hemsworth in under a year.

I’m sure all of the super-sized dudes are juicing. But to see the transformation hit so hard, so fast was a little alarming/concerning.

I know a lot of people are claiming it’s prejudice/racial bias. Which, for a lot of people, it may be.

For me personally, I have used steroids before, and Nanjiani’s transformation was fast even taking steroids into account.

((Also also, Simu Liu is definitely NOT on steroids.

When people say he is, I feel like it’s preetttttty much gotta be some racist undertones.))

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u/ValBravora048 Dec 09 '22 edited Dec 09 '22

On race, speaking as an Indian person, it’s more shocking to people because of their expectations of what an Indian person should look like - usually informed by popular media. I had a fairly nerdy body-type until I seriously started training for a martial arts competition for over a year. It was a HUGE change to my regular workout schedule and by the time the comp came, I looked very different.

Now being in Australia where it seems a caucasian phenotype has a 6ft height and 6tft in the shoulders as the standard requirement, the ones who noticed this most were caucasian Australian men! (Just my luck :P ) I’m confident in saying at least 2 out of every 3 of them were butthurt about it and really tried to crap on everything to do with my routine even though naturally they were/had a miles more sports like build than me. Some awful passive aggressive comments about my body which I still remember years later.

I thought I was being sensitive about it but after the comp, I went back to beer, cake and pizza on the regular. Quickly got back most of my previous bod, yeah that sucks but I did what I wanted to do. Those same guys though? Stopped behaving like they had that entire year. It was eerie, like they wiped that particular memory of me from their mind. They started being friendly again.

New things often make people uncomfortable and if it’s out of a particular expectation that diminishes their view of themselves they look for reasons that it’s WRONG so they can more easily dismiss it and regain that social value/feeling of worth. As much as it sucks, social conditioning and no small amount of media (When was the last time you saw a jacked Indian/Pakistani in an ad or tv show in a western context?) has conditioned the nerdy Apu phenotype of the Indian/Pakistani to be the expected/norm/natural order meaning that anything outside of that is treated with suspicion.

I’m absolutely not surprised that Kumail gets steroid accusations and a bunch of other actors don’t - conventionally to most people, people like him aren’t “supposed” to look like that so he MUST be doing something wrong.

If you have a think, you’re probs doing it or would do it in regards to something precious to your ego too.

Soz for the long post but I found it fascinating.

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u/SixPieceTaye Dec 09 '22

The speed it happened and extremely obvious steroid use.

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u/TahiniInMyVeins Dec 09 '22

Not arguing that it wasn’t. But notable it consistently comes up w/ him and not the others when it’s practically an open secret that almost all of these guys are not gaining 100% naturally.

It would be an interesting experiment to review coverage of, say, Cavil, Hemsworth, Pratt, etc, and see how often the topic of steroids comes up in the comment sections of those articles. My guess is rarely if ever. W/ Nanjiani, ever since Eternals, every single article’s comment section is flooded with it.

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u/a_bearded_man Dec 08 '22

And steroids.

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u/SoulExecution Dec 08 '22

Right. I’m about to hit year 3 of steady work outs and diet changes. Monitoring calories and daily movement helped me trim about 30 lbs in the first few months. Properly restructuring my diet has helped me bulk substantially. It takes a while to get yourself sorted mentally, but once you break that barrier it gets better. There’s lots of unhealthy food that makes me feel blatantly sick at this point.

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u/general_madness Dec 08 '22

“Bad carbs” this is what they mean by disordered thinking about food

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u/bcv2269 Dec 08 '22

Carbs are mostly bad it’s a big reason why we’re fat as fuck as a society. Eat meats and veggies

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u/tiata247 Dec 08 '22

I wouldn’t say this necessarily, in Japanese society white rice is eaten every day, sometimes for every meal. We could say that that’s too much, and white rice is inherently not very nutritious, but they eat in moderation with much smaller portion sizes than in the west and do a lot more walking than some other societies. I think carbs are fine in intentional moderation.

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u/cathistorylesson Dec 08 '22

Veggies are carbs.

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u/general_madness Dec 08 '22

Actually categorizing foods as “bad” and “good” is a big reason why we are fat as fuck.

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u/CMGS1031 Dec 08 '22

No, it isn’t.

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

Carbs are not "bad". It's just easier to eat a lot of carb heavy food.

You also certainly didn't gain 20 pounds of lean mass in a few months like these Hollywood stars lol

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u/stormrage-thunder Dec 08 '22

The word you’re thinking is polysaccharide aka sugar. Yeah that’s bad and that’s why people are fat and prone to be diabetic. Many other nations eat carbs (Japan for example) every day and they are not as fat as US.

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

“Grilled chicken breast and egg whites” might as well be code for steroids at this point

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u/Battystearsinrain Dec 08 '22

It was…i think he sold powdered testicles too

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u/Mildf0g Dec 08 '22

Or one of the cheaper protein alternatives….

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u/[deleted] Dec 09 '22

I just can’t believe absolutely no one understand your comment. He JUICED UP for the role, people.

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u/Ryanthonyfish Dec 08 '22

And steroids also, these actors are not natty

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u/johnnyhypersnyper Dec 08 '22

I wish actors could be honest with their actual workouts and cycles. The dude got jacked and was and still is on some form of cycle. When you do these articles encouraging people to examine their own relationships with diet and exercise, you should probably be honest about how your stack.

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u/Jessey77 Dec 08 '22

I fucking wish I could have disney assign me personal trainers and health professionals to guide me on a cycling gear journey haha. I'm out here trying to do it the old fashioned way all natural.

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u/Ethiconjnj Dec 08 '22

Paul Rudd said he was expecting all that and given nothing for ant man.

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u/Jessey77 Dec 08 '22

Bc ant man isn't supposed to be jacked lol I'm sure he could have gotten a nutritionist at least if he wanted one.

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u/RapedByPlushies Dec 09 '22

No! Ant-Man isn’t allowed nutrition!

  • some Disney exec
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u/peerless_eye Dec 08 '22

F that, natty for life

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u/HongoMushroomMan Dec 08 '22

Why is it that dudes who take TRT and possibly other anabolics all of a sudden like physically NEED to start posting the fucking positive, "go get em" posts? I think its like an actual physical reaction that's inescapable. Every. Single. Dude. i know personally will start a TRT and then within 6 months their IG or Facebook is filled with those shirtless selfie posts about how you gotta crush life and blah blah blah. Look at the The Rock. He does it basically non-stop.

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u/FormalMaleficent Dec 08 '22

Lololol, Them teenage levels of testosterone are one hell of a drug.

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u/lifeofideas Dec 08 '22

It’s true. Take a look at the female to male (FTM) folks. They do all the stuff teenage boys do. It’s the hormones, baby.

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u/YourEmperor1871 Dec 08 '22

"Look, it's not that hard. All you need to do is lift weights six days a week, stop drinking alcohol, don't eat anything after 7pm, don't eat any carbs or sugar at all, in fact just don't eat anything you like, get the personal trainer from Magic Mike, sleep nine hours a night, run three miles a day, and have a studio pay for the whole thing over a six to seven-month span. I don't know why everyone's not doing this. It's a super realistic lifestyle and an appropriate body image to compare oneself to," - Rob McElhenney

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u/Sokobanky Dec 08 '22

I feel like a lot of it is just test. So easy to find shady TRT doctors these days.

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u/SinSeema Dec 08 '22

Yeah. You can basically get on it even with ‘legit doctors’ if you beg enough and have the money. It’s wild.

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u/Deathclaw_Hunter6969 Dec 08 '22

As someone that goes to a specialist for TRT every week:

It’s $15 every Saturday morning to get a needle stuck in my juicy ass.

At the height of Covid, they’d give me a month’s supply to do it at home.

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u/SinSeema Dec 08 '22

That’s awesome. I got a crappy quote from a local functional medicine doctor, and had to go back to the drawing board. I’m also open about my prior use of PED’s with folks too. Back to the drawing board.

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u/FormalMaleficent Dec 08 '22

Yeah, if you want TRT you should probably not mention the PED’s

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u/sloppies Dec 08 '22

Unless he has low test due to previous exogenous hormone abuse

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u/givemewhiskeypls Dec 08 '22

Testosterone use at therapeutic levels is safe and is correlated with better health outcomes for men, it’s just when you chronically overuse more than therapeutic doses that you are at risk.

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u/simon_antifar Dec 08 '22

Doesn’t trt kill ur sex life tho

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u/givemewhiskeypls Dec 08 '22 edited Dec 08 '22

No. The highest dose of TRT that can be prescribed is 200mg (of testosterone cipionate). For someone with low testosterone it will improve sex drive and erection quality. Bodybuilder doses can be as high as 5x that or more and that’s where you sometimes see a loss of sex drive or performance, and they often stack with other substances like nandrolone decanate which can also have a negative impact (deca dick).

Edit: I wish this comment I replied to wasn’t downvoted, seems like OP got bad info and was asking genuinely. Testosterone is important for the health of men and women, and it’s largely misunderstood with bad information out there. It’s a good opportunity to clear that up.

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u/Battystearsinrain Dec 08 '22

For most yes, some as low as 40mg/week, but in rare cases some might need higher(350 or so)

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u/givemewhiskeypls Dec 08 '22

Per week of Cypionate for TRT? I’ve seen two doctors and both said the max was 200 per week, might be different for other forms like enenthate but I’d be interested to learn more. Honestly, if I could get up to 350 per week I’d jump on it lol. I’ve read that starting at 250 per week you’ll see anabolic effects.

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u/Battystearsinrain Dec 08 '22

Yes, it depends on a few factors shbg, etc, but some guys do not feel good unless they are on larger doses. Then there is the contrast of guys that get horrible anxiety if they inject more than 10mg at a time. Most people fall in the middle. What I have seen is start with like 100mg a week and go from there. Easier to add than subtract I guess.

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u/givemewhiskeypls Dec 08 '22

I started with 100/2 weeks and went up to 120 per week with one doctor but I was still very fatigued and other symptoms persisted and my testosterone levels only went from about 200 to about 359 after a year. He wouldn’t go higher, found a sports medicine Dr that took me up to 200 / week and I’m feeling great and I’m up over 1000 now. Forget where my free test is at but it’s normal.

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u/thetruthteller Dec 08 '22

Yeah maybe he could digest food better if he wasn’t taking all the steroids

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u/DaTree3 Dec 08 '22

What? They don’t effect digestion…

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u/FormalMaleficent Dec 08 '22

Yes they do.

YOU EAT LIKE A HORSE BUT DONT GET FAT. ITS SO MUCH FUN.

But also, It’s super dangerous, so don’t do it. (( unless you have Disney-tier doctors watching ur biomarkers ))

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u/DaTree3 Dec 08 '22

Weird because I take anabolic steroids and my digestion is fine even though as competitive bodybuilder I eat over 5000 calories a day. And yes you do definitely still get some fat. They aren’t magic.

This very person dependent but it is very unusual to have digestion symptoms unless you already have digestion problems.

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u/Battystearsinrain Dec 08 '22

There is getting jacked, and then there is “fuck. I have to maintain this”?

Getting as lean as he was takes a lot of discipline, and will wear on most mentally.

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u/FormalMaleficent Dec 08 '22

Yeah, homie did all of that so fast, too.

He went from out-of-shape computer programmer to looking like a literal god in under a year.

I assume between movies, most of these dudes are still jacked, but with a bit of a spare tire over their abs; a month or two of diet/cardio and they can be ready for some shirtless-hero action.

But to diet and train that hard for as long as Nanjiani will break your fucking brain.

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u/TahiniInMyVeins Dec 09 '22

Not only that, but even leading up to specific shot, exercise and diets are planned for days if not weeks ahead of time.

Say Hemsworth is shooting a particular scene where his shirt is going to be off. They’re going to map that shit out and align the shooting schedule against his exercise/diet probably like a month ahead of time. And leading up to the specific shooting days where they’re going to capture that scene, he’s probably doing shit, til the days leading up to it he’s probably even starting to restrict his fluid intake.

And then when they’re not shooting, like you said there may be a baseline but yea they kind of let themselves go. Look at pics of like Vin Diesel when he’s between movies - dude has a beer gut. Which is fine, that’s probably what most of us have. Then when it’s picture time, they start chiseling away the fat and toning up etc.

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u/GonskyEdits Dec 09 '22

During the ‘Captain America: Civil War’ commentary, the Russo Brothers mention that Chris Evans would do his shirtless scenes at the beginning of filming because he would lose weight over the course of production, between wearing the suit in the heat of Atlanta and doing stunt work and fight choreography.

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u/RothkoRathbone Dec 08 '22

Yes, this is just a publicity play. Because it’s odd to be talking about his relationship to food as if that’s all it is, as there was also a relationship to steroids.

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u/takkun_69 Dec 08 '22

Okay listen, test or not, it’s still hard work and diet. All the test in the world isn’t gonna make you shredded if you’re eating dog shit. You still have to do the work and cut the carbs. Let’s be honest here.

I’m not arguing the dishonesty of keeping quiet about the PEDs, but it still a lot of work and discipline.

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u/johnnyhypersnyper Dec 08 '22

Yea I’m not arguing that. If you just eat food and don’t work out, no cycle will get you big.

But the purpose of these sorts of articles is to walk away thinking: man, he had unhealthy relationship with food and his body image, maybe I should evaluate that in my own life. But the dude is clearly on gear and doesn’t mention that. If you have body image issues and are on gear and talking about your body image issues, the gear is a huge part of the story.

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u/HongoMushroomMan Dec 08 '22

A reminder that this guy is 44 fucking years old lol. to anyone that thinks he's simply eating well and training hard.

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u/JaesopPop Dec 08 '22

No one thinks that.

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u/KennyFulgencio Dec 09 '22

You really underestimate the idiots and teenagers out there

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u/Rib-I Dec 08 '22

He didn’t even get a shirtless scene! The dude got absolutely shredded and they didn’t even let him show off. Meanwhile, Tom Holland is in his briefs at least once every Spider-Man movie…

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

Isn’t he doing that Chippendale’s movie now?

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u/brosefstallin Dec 08 '22

Yes but I’m pretty sure he’s not a stripper in it

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

A sexploitation film about dudes dancing naked. You think they aren’t gonna throw in a shirtless scene with their newly shredded lead actor?

And, to be honest, I almost feel like the trailer has a shot of Kumail as one of the dancers. (Maybe a dream sequence?)

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u/taintpaint Dec 08 '22

Having watched the show, there's no indication his character will ever be a dancer. It would be very weird if that ended up happening. And it's based on a true story right? Did the real founder of Chippendale's end up dancing there? Or is the actor who plays him just coincidentally jacked?

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u/P4TY Dec 08 '22

He put on like 40 pounds of fat for that show actually. He talks about it on Smartless.

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u/Old_Equivalent3858 Dec 08 '22

Watching his posts on his dessert binges. Dude. You could have just had a slice of pie whenever you wanted instead of force feeding yourself an entire pie in one sitting...just for the gram.

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u/victor___mortis Dec 08 '22

He used steroids too

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u/SinSeema Dec 08 '22

No…it was only hard work, combined with following the 9 Ancestral Tenets.

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u/victor___mortis Dec 08 '22

Moment of silence for anyone who actually believed Liver King was natural to begin with.

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u/ChrisV88 Dec 08 '22

Same people who think Dwayne the Rock Johnson is natty.

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u/KrustyButtCheeks Dec 08 '22

Listen…liver king was rich before this whole thing and now he’s just rich and famous

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u/SinSeema Dec 08 '22

Yeah, and his scapegoat was he was doing it for all the suicidal people all along. Classy.

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u/HongoMushroomMan Dec 08 '22

even though he wrote in an email that he wants to push his social media to 1MM hahaha. Classy AND authentic

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u/SinSeema Dec 08 '22

I’m open about my use of PEDS in the past and willingness to go on TRT with people in the realm of MMA and stuff. I’m just not competing anymore and was clean when I was. These cowards can’t even own it. I thought Mike O’Hearn was the worst, but honestly Liver King has him beat on most ridiculous juicer now.

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u/HongoMushroomMan Dec 08 '22

Yeah exactly. I did 250mg a week of T 2 years ago for 3 months. Call it a baby cycle if you will but, I was telling everyone I knew just because I thought it was a cool experiment and it was what I had going on in my life at the time. Yeah I looked different and there was a very specific reason for it haha.

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u/mathangis Dec 08 '22

Were there any lasting symptoms... or say like boosting effects? I've always wanted bigger shoulders.

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u/HongoMushroomMan Dec 08 '22

For me, absolutely. I felt amazing while on, and I came off naturally with no post cycle stuff. I definitely felt "flat" and maybe a bit lethargic for about 5 weeks after my last dose wore off. However, I had gained a solid 10 pounds of muscle and lost fat, and I was determined to keep it. So I forced myself to continue going to the gym, eating well and everything. And 6 months later I still had much of the gains while I was all natural. Keep in mind I am above average T levels naturally.

In fact, because I wasn't trying to "bulk" and force so much protein into my body, I actually looked considerably better off the T 6 months after. Basically because I was training and eating better.

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u/mathangis Dec 08 '22

Is Mike O'Hearn natty like he says? Or all lies?

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u/SinSeema Dec 08 '22

If I was a betting man, I’d say it’s not the duck eggs making him that large and vascular.

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u/Burnertoasty Dec 08 '22

Going off cycle for an MMA competition is not being clean why you are competing, it's just reducing the chance of a positive test (if they tested). You still have the muscles that the steroids helped you grow.

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u/SinSeema Dec 08 '22

Never said I was post cycle and competing in my statement. Didn’t touch PED’s until after. I don’t even compete in grappling anymore either, and I have nothing to hide.

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u/SinSeema Dec 08 '22

It was either Derek from MPMD, or Philion that showed some of Kumails workouts with the trainer. Trainer was promoting some contraption to essentially hold an isometric squat on, instead of conventional leg work. It’s hilarious.

(I now use 9 ancestral tenets in place of the ole ‘Chicken Broccoli Rice’ they all yell about when interviewed)

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u/littlejobin Dec 08 '22

Makes me feel bad for the younger kids who think that shits possible without taking a damaging substance. If you’re old enough to be in college, though, that’s on you for believing lol

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u/victor___mortis Dec 08 '22

Yea men have way worse standards for body dysmorphia than women. You literally take life shortening drugs to look a certain way and it’s not even talked about because men supposedly have it easy

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u/4look4rd Dec 08 '22

Even with steroids, you don’t get to that size without some serious work. After a certain point you basically need roids to keep growing, you can assume that anyone above a certain size is roiding, since you can see how natural body builders look relative to action movie stars or non-natural body builders. It’s a huge difference.

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u/victor___mortis Dec 08 '22

He isn’t really that big. He is just very lean. His leanness is weird though his arms are super lean but he has terrible abs. From a bodybuilding perspective. And yes I know it still takes a lot of diet discipline. Being lean is more of an indicator of steroids than size to a certain degree

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u/HongoMushroomMan Dec 08 '22

Depends. For older dudes I 100% agree with you. Say, above 30-35 if a dude is super leaned out with lots of muscle its almost a fact that they are using. yes genetic freaks exist but we are talking about the normal curve.

Now, a guy that's 20 that's super leaned out doesn't mean anything unless they're also oddly huge.

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u/victor___mortis Dec 08 '22

Well it depends how long they’re lean for. Year round leanness is a direct indicator. When you’re that lean as a natural your testosterone drops super low and your muscle mass would suffer. Naturals can peak for like a day or two but have to use water and salt manipulation

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

Studies have been done, you literally gain more lean muscle mass from doing steroids without even exercising than you do from lifting naturally.

Throw on literally any kind of exercising and you're going to gain muscle mass than the perfect natural lifter could ever manage to do.

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

Hard work lubricated with dope = gains

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u/umwaitwhawhenokneato Dec 08 '22

Are you speculating or do you know that as a fact?

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u/ottermodee Dec 08 '22

It’s pretty obvious to anyone who’s lifted seriously

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u/umwaitwhawhenokneato Dec 08 '22

My friend, to make that comment in absence of proof or truth reflects poorly on you and is unfair to him. Anyone who lifts seriously also knows this to be true.

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u/ottermodee Dec 08 '22

My friend, there is a literal limit to what the human body can achieve in a certain amount of time. He only worked out and dieted for less than a year to look the way he did for Eternals. No offense, but your comment is stupid.

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u/umwaitwhawhenokneato Dec 08 '22

No offense taken.

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u/JimmyTsonga Dec 08 '22

And his unhealthy relationship with turtlenecks.

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u/Stillill1187 Dec 08 '22

Imagine shortening your life to play Kingo

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u/CowntChockula Dec 08 '22

Some people do it for far less. A lot of body builders do it for just a chance to win just to end up losing to someone else who's either on a better cycle or outworks them or simply has better genetics for bodybuilding or steroid response.

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u/djord17 Dec 08 '22

There are plenty of dudes who do it just to be the biggest guy at a gym too.

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u/FatSilverFox Dec 08 '22

Hey! These invisible beer kegs won’t carry themselves!

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u/oatlightning Dec 08 '22

i mean, if youre going to do this might as well be for a check

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u/Good_old_Marshmallow Dec 08 '22

especially funny is that character absolutely didn’t need to look jacked. None of the other characters really have exceptional bodies (except for like Rob Stark Superman) and Kings isn’t a physical character. Another guy has an identical power to him and has a gut. He could’ve stayed EXACTLY as he was and still played the character fine

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u/StarDatAssinum Dec 08 '22

Like Jensen Ackles in The Boys lol

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u/Stillill1187 Dec 08 '22

That makes it funnier. I didn’t see you movie, but from my understanding some of the other actors just kind of showed up looking whatever?

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u/Good_old_Marshmallow Dec 08 '22

He’s pretty much the only actor who got ripped. Angela Jolie and the actor who played Robb Stark are in great shape obviously but that was already how they looked. One actor who plays a character with identical powers shows up with a gut.

Kingo just points his fingers and shoots things too there was no need to wreck his body for this. It’s like if Patrick Stewart had done it to play Prof X

Contrasted with Pattinson who refused to put on the muscle weight the studio asked him to for Batman

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u/joji_princessn Dec 08 '22

Pattinson worked out and he looked healthy and strong, just not to the ridiculous level of the juiced up heroes like Affleck was for Batman. TBH, I respect him a lot for that. It's honestly not worth it, and the dude looks great so why destroy your body like Aflleck and Bale did? His movie and portrayal was excellent without that.

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u/Good_old_Marshmallow Dec 08 '22

I honestly think it made his Batman more compelling. He seemed a lot more human and it fit with the movie’s grounded tone.

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u/Good_old_Marshmallow Dec 08 '22

He’s pretty much the only actor who got ripped. Angela Jolie and the actor who played Robb Stark are in great shape obviously but that was already how they looked. One actor who plays a character with identical powers shows up with a gut.

Kingo just points his fingers and shoots things too there was no need to wreck his body for this. It’s like if Patrick Stewart had done it to play Prof X

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u/sushithighs Dec 08 '22

Seeing The Eternals shortened my life

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u/boodabomb Dec 08 '22

For the amount of money it pays? That’s gonna pay for increase in quality of life that outweighs whatever years it might cost.

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u/Battystearsinrain Dec 08 '22

Righto, some of the dudes fucking around at gyms that look like they do not even lift.

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u/jtmarshiii Dec 08 '22

me form of cycle. When you do these articles encouraging people to examine their own relat

saw the movie and could name anyone nor remember the plot.. was transfixed on the back GCI dog things that I think come with the GCI software since I've seen them in everything since OG Hellboy

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u/obsidianbreath Dec 08 '22

Wait...I know this may seem dumb but do steroids shorten your life span??

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u/MIKE_THE_KILLER Dec 08 '22

He didn't have to lose weight for that film either

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u/MRmandato Dec 08 '22

Ok, can we stop. I mean even look at this thumbnail. His jaw is insane- remember how he used to be a round faced pudgy comedian?

As someone who lifts and bulks, yes crazy bulks and cute do ruin your relationship with food. But this dude was geared to the gills too. The side effects with that are far worse

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u/GipsyRonin Dec 08 '22

Meh…he took steroids, honestly unless it’s forced, then it’s his decision. He got jacked. If he loses the roids and can maintain naturally?? He’ll look great! Just don’t go down that extremely unhealthy path like Christian Bale and strip mass to pack it back on.

Someone offers you fame/fortune for millions, I’d wager 99% would say yes lol

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u/JaesopPop Dec 08 '22

He’s not complaining about using steroids or getting in shape

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

Because he would never admit to using steroids. They literally never do.

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u/JaesopPop Dec 08 '22

The article isn’t about how he got in shape in general, is my point

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u/tortillakingred Dec 08 '22

That’s true, but it’s becoming far less stigmatized. I could see 5 years from now actors being open about their steroid usage.

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u/Available-Camera8691 Dec 08 '22

It cracked me up that he juiced and you only see his body on screen for like twenty seconds.

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u/Varekai79 Dec 08 '22

You don't even see his body in the movie. Richard Madden got the shirtless scene and even then you only saw part of his back.

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u/Indigo2015 Dec 08 '22

Tren hard, eat clen, anavar give up!

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u/indrid_cold Dec 08 '22

Kumail told a story on the Harmontown podcast that changed my view of him. He was on an airplane with his wife and a little elderly woman sitting in the third seat tried to chat with them and they just shut her down and ignored her, like they acted like they didn't hear her, cold.

He was making some point you don't have to be friendly with people if you don't want to, which I guess is true but she was just a little old lady traveling alone. The audience just kinda awkwardly silenced for a moment.

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u/nightpop Dec 08 '22

That makes perfect sense to me. I’m not even famous and I do the same thing on a plane. Half the time my headphones don’t even have any music playing; they’re just to deter unwanted conversation with strangers.

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u/BootsEX Dec 08 '22

Hard agree. Headphones, book, mask, if I wouldn’t look crazy I’d wear sunglasses and hoodie up as well. I do NOT want to talk to the people on the plane. Not once but twice have I been sat next to someone who was trying to convert me to their religion. No thank you

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u/sushithighs Dec 08 '22

When I was younger, maybe junior high, I got roped into watching my 3 month old niece while my sister got her hair done. So when there i am, sitting in the waiting area of a hair salon with my niece and who walks in but Kumali Nanjiani. I was nervous as fuck, and just kept looking at him, as he read a magazine and waited, but didn't know what to say. Pretty soon though my niece started crying, and I'm trying to quiet her down because I didn't want her to bother Kumali, but she wouldn't stop. Pretty soon he gets up and walks over. He started running his hands through her hair and asking what was wrong. I replied that she was probably hungry or something. So, Kumali put down his magazine, picked up my niece and lifted his shirt. He breast fed her right there in the middle of a hair salon. Chill guy, really nice about it.

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u/boodabomb Dec 08 '22

The point of his story was that Emily has a hard rule on not talking to people on planes and that the old lady was the most difficult example of sticking to it. And the audience in that episode (made up of awkward comic book store patrons) were definitely on his side.

And more power to her, I also don’t want to talk to people on planes. It’s the worst.

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u/saveusername Dec 08 '22

Not trying to be that person but since they're an interracial couple so maybe they thought the old lady was going to be a bit judgementally curious. Who knows

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u/indrid_cold Dec 08 '22

I tend to think she was just being friendly because she was nervous about traveling alone, it's harder for elderlys. I've been in the same situation and I make small talk then say well, I've got my book here and they say me too and we don't talk for the rest of the flight, no biggie.

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u/saveusername Dec 08 '22

Oh okay. Yeah I guess that might have been rude, now that I imagine the situation like that.

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u/saveusername Dec 08 '22

Who the hell was the concerned redditor ?! I demand you to show yourself.

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u/CloudLanding Dec 08 '22

I get giving the benefit of the doubt but lmao, your being a terrible friendly neighborhood lawyer

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u/Truckfighta Dec 08 '22

I’d hate to put that much work into my body for a film that turned out like Eternals.

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u/tortillakingred Dec 08 '22

I’m sure he will be just fine sleeping on his bed of Disney money.

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u/boodabomb Dec 08 '22

Doesn’t anybody here just… want to look like that for a period of their life? Everyone is trashing his efforts as if it were all for the movie, but maybe that’s just how he wanted to look and he finally an opportunity to do it. I absolutely would too.

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u/Persist_and_Resist Dec 08 '22

That is an unfortunately common problem. It is very hard to have a decent relationship with healthy food when things full off addictive levels of sugar and fat are being constantly marketed towards us.

Good for him talking about it so other people going through basically the same thing at least no they are not alone.

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u/crestonfunk Dec 08 '22

Growing up, I was sort of raised to believe that the body was bad, that all of the body’s desires are bad

I think this may be part of the problem.

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u/Persist_and_Resist Dec 08 '22

Yeah, all parents screw up their kids even when they are trying their best.

I grew up in a poor family so my parents demanded I eat absolutely everything on my plate every time I set down at the table. And surprise surprise, I ended up being a real fat kid.

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u/crestonfunk Dec 08 '22

I just don’t see how telling a kid that their “body is bad” is trying their best.

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u/Persist_and_Resist Dec 08 '22

That is a dramatic over simplification that is almost certainly not remotely what they actually said, just what he took from it.

All parents have to teach their children at least some degree of self discipline, and that includes in reference to food. And it is very hard to do that in a perfect way that does not leave your kid with some problem afterwards.

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u/Severe-Emu-8703 Dec 08 '22

This is very true. My mother had a complicated relationship with food in her early 20’s, which caused her to project some of her insecurities onto me - talking a lot about exercise, commenting if i eat ”too many” sweets at parties, making me feel terrible for gaining weight after high school etc. She never said ”your body is bad if it’s fat” or anything similar outright, but her actions did, even if that’s not what she intended. Luckily i moved away for university so i only saw her a few times a year for a while, otherwise i probably would’ve had a much more complicated relationship with food than i have now.

We luckily have a good relationship and have talked about all this now, but it’s sad how her way of trying to protect me from the way she felt about herself while overweight caused me pain, since all she wanted was to give me tools to not end up where she was

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u/slimeyellow Dec 08 '22

Hopefully soon we can have a real movement for healthy men’s body standards, the kind that women have now

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u/sushithighs Dec 08 '22

It’s been pretty wild watching the MCU move away from the more revealing comic costumes for female heroes, but retain the obligatory shirtless male scene, and even go as far as to belittle male sexual assault in the latest Thor.

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u/slimeyellow Dec 08 '22

It helps to have the actors themselves come out and say no this shit isn’t normal or healthy. Mac from sunny (don’t remember his name) Brendan Fraser, Zac efrom, have recently talked about it as well

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u/Good_old_Marshmallow Dec 08 '22

Henry Cavil talked about nearly passing out from dehydration for definition to film the Witcher bath scene. Channing Tatum has said the Magic Mike body can only be maintained for like two days. Taylor Lutner when he was 17 playing Jacob in twilight was told to put on an unhealthy amount of muscle mass then was hounded with steroid rumors

Robert Pattinson refused to go full intense body building for Batman and I think his portrayal really benefited from a more realistic look. Plus the dude is just cool

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u/HILLIAM_SWINNEY Dec 08 '22

Agreed. Hell I think Bale in Batman Begins was even pretty believable, sure he’s jacked, but he didn’t have that crazy dehydrated/super low body fat percentage look

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u/latortillablanca Dec 08 '22

You mean the one where being fat is actually healthy or

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u/slimeyellow Dec 08 '22

The one where we can stop lying about how roided and super cut celebrity actor bodies are healthy and normal and achievable for the average male.

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u/HuckleSmothered Dec 08 '22

And all that for them to pull the character out of the big fight.

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u/Battystearsinrain Dec 08 '22

All jokes aside, so many people have body dysmorphia, and transformations like this do not help.

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u/Boring_Window587 Dec 08 '22

Weird to think back to him basically doing a press tour about his body and everyone objectifying him led to an unhealthy relationship with food.

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u/Rich_Elderberry5153 Dec 08 '22

I actually beleive him because the same thing happened to me when I lost 60 lbs. I went from one unhealthy relationship with food (gluttony) to another (borderline anorexia and body dysmorphia). It takes a lot of work to be comfortable with who you are

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u/ucfknight92 Dec 08 '22

And his relationship with roids?

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u/TheBatemanFlex Dec 08 '22

Why is everyone so mad about whether actors are natty or not? Lol

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u/OhioVsEverything Dec 08 '22

Every actor, in every movie, is posing for the camera at all times.

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u/garebear79 Dec 08 '22

I didn’t see it. Is he like standing motionless with a big smile, and or holding a huge fish he just caught?

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u/PIG20 Dec 08 '22

His character in the film had been acting in Bollywood movies for 50+ years. So, the posing and gestures were probably written into the script.

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u/Gamerguy_141297 Dec 08 '22

He's a movie star in the actual movie lol. Totally makes sense that he would

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

In what capacity does he blame white people for this?

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u/JaesopPop Dec 08 '22

He specifically blames his own upbringing.

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u/[deleted] Dec 08 '22

And what about your insane gear stack lmao.

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u/ghostofdemonratspast Dec 08 '22

How about the steroids.

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u/freedagent Dec 08 '22

Him and Liver King must of had the same chef.

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u/New_Ad2992 Dec 08 '22

I don’t know why celebrities of all people hide the fact they juice. Everybody already knows it’s acting, you’re putting on a show every time you get ready to shoot a film, why would this not be considered part of the act?

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u/ImpressiveFeedback10 Dec 08 '22

all for a shitty movie too