After landing a part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, presumably, most actors crack open a bottle of champagne.
But for some, the prospect of appearing in spandex on the big screen before millions of eyes across the globe inspires them to get down to the gym.
Kumail Nanjiani is the latest to do just that, following in the footsteps of the likes of Chris Pratt by transforming his body from fairly unremarkable, to very bloody remarkable.
The 41-year-old took to Instagram to flaunt his new bod, citing his role as Kingo in The Eternals as the motivation for getting in tip-top shape.
Captioning the post, he thanked the various trainers and nutritionists who had helped him along the way and claimed he could almost touch his toes now.
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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!)
Nanjiani will star alongside the likes of Angelina Jolie, Kit Harrington and Richard Madden in the film, which is due to be released on the 6 November 2020.