Jonathan Majors isn't afraid of a transformation. In 2023, you'll see him transform into the next big supervillain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kang the Conquerer for February's Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. While later this year, you'll also see him transform into a boxing prodigy and Adonis Creed's rival for Creed III.
But Majors' major transformation of 2023 is for the film Magazine Dreams, where he plays Killian Maddox, an amateur bodybuilder grappling with mental health issues and a self-destructive ambition to achieve physical perfection
In an interview with Variety, Majors shared some insight into the intense training and diet he followed to realistically portray a bodybuilder on the big screen.
‘I’m 6 feet tall. I’m 202 pounds,’ Majors said. ‘In order to sustain that and to grow that you have to eat as much protein that you weigh. I ate 6,100 calories a day for about four months. That included the pre-work and the post-work of Creed III.
‘The normal bodybuilder works out two times a day,’ Majors continued. ‘I’m playing Killian Maddox… Playing him you don’t fuck around. What ended up happening is I would train two hours, two times a day for the movie and a third time after wrap. Meanwhile, you eat six times a day. Lots of chicken. Lots of elk. That’s just for me. I like it.’
Now that Magazine Dreams has premiered (and his performance and the film are being lauded by audiences and critics), Majors training time has – mercifully – dropped to just the one workout a day. But don't take that as a sign of him taking his foot off the gas.
‘I really like being physical,’ Majors said. ‘I like hiking and running. I’ve got dogs. I’m only 33… I got to do something to stay with it.’
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