Marvel Studios upcoming superhero blockbuster The Eternals, set to release in theatres on 5th November 2021, star Kumail Nanjiani body transformation for the film is something that has been a trending topic among the fans online but little do they know that the studio itself had to intervene to convince Nanjiani that he got too shredded for the role of Kingo.
"I will say this because this is the truth, we were like, 'Hey Kumail don't worry about it. You don't have to get in a ton like this isn't the movie where we have to work out a ton,'" Eternals producer Nate Moore told Screen Rant during a January 2020 set visit about Nanjiani's decision to bulk up for the role. "But he wanted to do it and he got at some point I had to call him said, 'Kumail I think you got too big' because we saw him I think on Kimmel or something. He's a movie star. He's not a bodybuilder and we had to pull Kumail back ... He was so excited to be in the movie he was just invested, but yeah, he got big. I've been in the gym with him it is very intimidating."
Recently, the 43-year-old Nanjiani himself opened up about his intense body transformation while speaking with GQ. The actor said that he gets uncomfortable every time he has to talk about his body since he posted some bodybuilder-like images of himself on Instagram in 2019. "I've found out over the last year and a half, since I did that picture, that I am very uncomfortable talking about my body - and it's become less and less and less comfortable, adding that his discomfort with the discussion has to do with the message of toxic masculinity that these conversations can evoke."
Nanjiani continued saying that for him it is aggression and anger as he feels physical strength is something that is very useful. "It is aggression. It is anger. A lot of times, we are taught to be useful by using physical strength or our brain in an aggressive, competitive way. Not in an empathetic way. Not in an open, collaborative way, It's the same thing when you have all these guys, like, asking people to debate them on Twitter. That's the same as arm wrestling. It's about defeating. And that's what the male ideal has been: Dominating. Defeating. Crushing. Killing. Destroying. That's what being jacked is, It felt like I had printed out a picture of his grandmother and peed on it," he added.
The 43-year-old superstar Nanjiani recalled. "I just see the little child inside them, like a little child pretending to be a big, strong man. It's laughable if it wasn't so f*cking devastating - and causing so many problems in the world." He further added, "I just want to be like, 'Dude, if you learn how to cry, you'd just be a lot happier."
Chloe Zhao's The Eternals featuring Salma Hayek in the role of Ajak, Angelina Jolie in the role of Thena, Brian Tyree Henry in the role of Phastos, Richard Madden in the role of Ikaris, Gemma Chan in the role of Sersi, Lauren Ridloff in the role of Makkari, Lia McHugh in the role of Sprite, Kumail Nanjiani in the role of Kingo, Barry Keoghan in the role of Druig, Don Lee in the role of Gilgamesh, Kit Harington in the role of Dane Whitman with additional actors including Harish Patel, Haaz Steiman as Phastos' husband, Ozer Ercan as a smuggler and Zain Al Rafeea in an unknown role, will have a major impact on the future of Marvel Cinematic Universe as the fans know it now.