‘The Eternals’ Star Kumail Nanjiani Got Jacked AF for Marvel Superhero Role

Actor shares “thirsty shirtless” photo on Instagram after months of training

Last Updated: December 16, 2019 @ 12:29 PM

“The Eternals” star Kumail Nanjiani got absolutely shredded and vascular for his role in the Marvel superhero movie, the actor revealed on Instagram Monday.

“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,” said Nanjiani.” “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.”

 

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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!)

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The actor is best known for his comedy roles, including Dinesh in “Silicon Valley” and a fictionalized version of himself in “The Big Sick,” for which he earned an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. He recently branched out into the action genre with the buddy cop action comedy “Stuber.”

Created by comic legend Jack Kirby in 1976, the Eternals are a race of ancient human beings created a million years ago by the cosmic entities known as the Celestials. The film is currently in production and Nanjiani plays the celestial known as Kingo. Marvel Studios premiered footage from the superhero movie at the recent Comic-Con Experience Brazil which featured a snippet of Kingo in action.

“The Eternals” will be released on November 6, 2020.