Update, March 10, 2020:
Kumail Nanjiani opened up to Men’s Health about his transformation for Marvel’s Eternals. In addition to making the cover of the magazine, he recreated scenes from his favorite action movies. He posed like Tom Cruise in Top Gun, Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, Bruce Willis in Die Hard, and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Willis’ John McClane was even an inspiration for how Nanjiani wanted to play Kingo in Eternals. He shared, “That movie’s life-or-death, and Eternals is life-or-death, too. I was like, ‘How can a character crack wise but still have tension, and not make it feel like you’re making fun of the whole thing?’ ”
He also shared with Men’s Health that when he got the role of Kingo, he thought, “I’m playing the first South Asian superhero in a Marvel movie. I don’t want to be the schlubby brown guy—I want to look like someone who can hang with Thor and Captain America.”
Well, he did it. Read the feature to learn more about Nanjiani embraced his intense workout regime, which included electric shocks to his biceps.
I got to be on the cover of @MensHealthMag and recreate scenes from some of my favorite action movies. Pics by @EmilyShur, story by @BrianRaftery here: https://t.co/u0q29AlXEw pic.twitter.com/W8bnZagC2f— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) March 10, 2020
We also very much appreciate more uh, appreciation tweets for the now ripped actor.
Damn so happy to see more shirtless pics! May we have even more please? Still no pictures in speedos which are sorely being missed ❤️— Matthew Weed (@Jellyfish7373) March 10, 2020
Bro even your nose is buff!! Ripped!!— stubborn penguin (@MarcoPinedo17) March 10, 2020
We all know and love Kumail Nanjiani. The comedian made it big on the HBO series Silicon Valley and was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing The Big Sick with real-life wife Emily Gordon. He’s super talented, super handsome, and super hilarious—and now, he’s super buff. For his upcoming appearance in the Marvel superhero film Eternals, Nanjiani got absolutely jacked. He shared the results on his Instagram account, and… holy wow, Batman.
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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.)
In perfect Kumail form, he was totally humble about how he got into such excellent shape. Big studio money and incredible discipline led to these sculpted results. And because the internet is thirsty as hell, they took immediate notice. Twitter is positively flushed with reactions to his transformation.
I WAS NOT PREPARED pic.twitter.com/koTNWuS6g0
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) December 16, 2019
— Dino-Ray Ramos (@DinoRay) December 16, 2019
— David Mack (@davidmackau) December 16, 2019
Kumail became a Kumeal pic.twitter.com/L90rGNjCJq
— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) December 16, 2019
Marvel fans: “Oh no! RDJ and Chris Evans are leaving the MCU. What are we going to do??”
Simu Liu and Kumail Nanjiani: “I think we can be of assistance…” pic.twitter.com/ztzFZiJ2oe
— Curtis Kimberlin Jr 🦃 (@ckimberlinjr) December 16, 2019
— Ira Madison III (@ira) December 16, 2019
Some folks were out there to remind us that yes, Kumail has always been hot, and this is not necessarily a new development.
Kumail could always get it just FYI for all you newcomers!!!
— Matthew D’Ambrosio™️ 🎁☃️ (@drmattdambrosio) December 16, 2019
Kumail’s *been* hot, people. You just weren’t paying attention 🌚
— Charles, Galar Region Champion (@CharlesPulliam) December 16, 2019
And lots of people were just so happy to see that he acknowledged how he came into this body and how it’s not realistic for the average person.
Really appreciate Kumail opening up about the fact that this just isn’t achievable for the average person. pic.twitter.com/gwIAYxVSJR
— Huck! The Herald Angels Sing! (@TylerHuckabee) December 16, 2019
Alright: Kumail showing off his final form.
Even better: Pointing out this was only achievable under extremely privileged circumstances while thanking people.
I didn’t think it was possibly to love him even more, but here we are! pic.twitter.com/79wl769yBT
— Level 7 Access Podcast (@Level7AccessPod) December 16, 2019
Clearly Kumail looks amazing, but I love that he mentions that there’s zero way that he’d look like this if the studio didn’t pay for the resources he was given. pic.twitter.com/jJqRXQS7iC
— peanut butter perfect bar (@beerquena) December 16, 2019
Classy and ripped? The total package. We’re so happy for Kumail and can’t wait to see his hard work paid off in Eternals.
Featured Image: Amazon Studios