Kumail Nanjiani Hates His Shirtless Picture and Admits It Made Him Obsessive and ‘Shallow’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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In preparation for his position as Kingo within the upcoming Marvel film, The Eternals,  Kumail Nanjiani remodeled his physique and shared a shirtless photograph revealing a ripped new physique. The actor has acquired wide-spread reward for his onerous work and dedication. But he lately revealed that he now hates that image as a result of it made him shallow and obsessive.

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 What is Kumail Nanjiani’s position in ‘The Eternals’?

In the highly-anticipated new Marvel movie, The Eternals, Nanjiani will play the cosmic superhero Kingo. The character is a part of a race of ultra-powerful and immortal beings known as the Eternals. Kingo is a grasp swordsman with tremendous skills, however he lives on Earth underneath the guise of a film star. 

The Eternals — which additionally stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, and Kit Harington — was initially slated to be launched in November 2020. But as a result of COVID-19 associated lockdowns, the movie was given a brand new premiere date of February 12, 2021.

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Kumail Nanjiani will get ripped for his position

In December 2019, Nanjiani shocked followers when he shared a shirtless photograph of himself on Instagram. Revealing an extremely ripped new physique, he famous how a lot onerous work goes into making ready for roles like this. 

“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,” he wrote within the caption. “I discovered a yr in the past I used to be going to be in Marvel’s Eternals and determined I wished to rework how I regarded, [but] I’d not have been in a position to do that if I didn’t have a full yr with one of the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the most important studio on the planet. I’m glad I appear like this, however I additionally perceive why I by no means did earlier than. It would have been not possible with out these sources and time.”

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I by no means thought I’d be a type of individuals who would post a thirsty shirtless, however I’ve labored means too onerous for means too lengthy so right here we’re. You both die a hero, otherwise you stay lengthy sufficient to see your self change into the villain. I discovered a yr in the past I used to be going to be in Marvel’s Eternals and determined I wished to rework how I regarded. I’d not have been in a position to do that if I didn’t have a full yr with one of the best trainers and nutritionists paid for by the most important studio on the planet. I’m glad I appear like this, however I additionally perceive why I by no means did earlier than. It would have been not possible with out these sources and time. So large due to @grantrobertsfit who began working with me at the start of the yr and made me perceive true bodily ache for months and months. Then, as soon as we began taking pictures, an enormous due to @davidhigginslondon and his crew (@ellispartridge, @thebeardypt, @tomcheesemanfitness) for coaching me virtually day-after-day and making me robust, limber and harm free. I can virtually contact my toes now. (And thanks for forcing me to do cheat meals David.) Matthews Street Catering for his or her scrumptious and wholesome meals. And lastly, the most important thanks goes to @emilyvgordon for placing up with me complaining and speaking about solely figuring out and weight-reduction plan for the final yr. I promise I’ll be fascinating once more some day. #thirstyshirtless (Photo by @markupson.) (edit: I left off one essential individual: @lancecallahan who educated me for six years and helped me construct the inspiration I might use to do that. Thank you!)

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Fans praised Nanjiani for his ardour and dedication. And the photograph finally amped up anticipation for the brand new movie.

‘The Eternals’ actor says he now hates the photograph

In a current chat with Ramy Youssef, Kenan Thompson, Dan Levy and Ricky Gervais for The Hollywood Reporter, Nanjiani revealed that he was stunned by the response to his shirtless photograph. And, regardless of all of the reward, he admits he’s grown to hate it. 

“It got so much bigger than I thought it was going to get,” Nanjiani mentioned. “If I had known it was going to be like that, I probably wouldn’t have done it because I’ll tell you, I have come to hate that picture.” 

“I don’t want to get into it, but you get a weird body dysmorphia when the whole world is concentrating on how you look, and listen, I am very, very grateful and I put those pictures out for a reason,” he continued. “I did that because I wanted that reaction, obviously. But then when you get that reaction, it’s a little weird. You’re like, ‘People are really judging little bits of your physical being.’ And I know a lot of people have it a lot worse than me, but it makes you feel naked and I became shallow. I got obsessed with how I look and then all I would see are what I perceive as flaws.”

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Nanjiani could have grown to hate the image, however there’s little doubt that it received followers excited concerning the new film. Hopefully, when The Eternals lastly premieres in 2021, his efficiency will get extra hype than his physique.

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