Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s 200lbs of beefcake hurling itself over Metropolis.
Long gone are the days when the average Joe Sixpack could don a skin-tight pair of red speedos and throw shapes in front of a green screen to play Superman. In the age of Instagram and Chris Hemsworth’s abs, to land a superhero role, you’ve also got to be able to compete for Mr. Universe.
Ever since Thor removed his shirt, the bar for playing a shirtless male on-screen has been raised. Nowadays, after an actor has been cast in a superhero role, it’s commonplace to ask, “are they capable of the grueling months of training it will take them to look like the character?”
But is this necessary? Are actors just competing amongst themselves to be named Sexiest Man Alive to the detriment of the movie they're starring in? Do the Academy Awards need to introduce a new Oscar for 2022 – “Most Ripped Leading Man in a Drama”?
When were you expected to consume your entire body weight in protein every day to become police commissioner or survive a post-apocalyptic wasteland?
Join us as we take a look at 10 actors who spent WAY too much time in the gym for a role.
I used to get paid to write from an office until Covid took away my office and then took away my job. These days you'll mostly find me in bed binge-watching Buffy or standing outside a club at 10.01pm - hand pressed against the glass with a single tear running down my mask.