Kumail Nanjiani is probably best known for his comedy, starring in HBO’s Silicon Valley and The Big Sick; his next project has him working for Marvel Studios’ Eternals as Kingo, and just recently he posted up this amazing body transformation.
Check him out:
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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!)
In retrospect, fans of Nanjiani should have seen this coming. In the final season of Silicon Valley, you can clearly see that Dinesh’s arms were getting more muscular. Funny that Nanjiani should have to go through this transformation as his co-star Martin Starr didn’t have to do anything this drastic when he was cast in the Spider-Man movies.
If anything, I hope Nanjiani’s body work doesn’t go to waste when it comes to this movie. Brie Larson has been posting a lot of her workout progress before Captain Marvel came out, but when the film released, we barely got to see any of her progress onscreen; this is kind of a weird 180 when it comes to the male MCU actors because I’m almost sure they’re required to go shirtless for at least one scene.
With the likes of Paul Rudd and Chris Pratt getting muscular for their roles despite being funny guys, it’s interesting to see that Nanjiani is also playing along. At some point, fans are already teasing Marvel Studios for having the real super soldier serum, as everyone who gets cast in the films always ends up shredded.
Catch Marvel’s The Eternals when it hits theaters Nov. 6, 2020.