When an actor takes on the role of a muscle-popping superhero we often witness a drastic body alteration. From Christian Bale as Batman to Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, the superhero physique isn’t just achieved through good genetics – although they certainly help!
The latest to join the perfectly toned ranks of superheroes is 38-year-old Jason Momoa, the colossal Hawaiin hunk who has had the world drooling since he emerged on our screens as the tall, dark and handsome Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones.
The 6 ft 4″ giant is now lending his impressive body to the role of Aquaman in the highly anticipated superhero movie Justice League – which, with production costs coming to an estimated $300 million, is one of the most expensive movies ever made.
Momoa, who started his career as a model, sent Game of Thrones fans rushing through the doors of their local gym after they saw his stacked shape on the show. His toned torso and bulging arms were an attraction for male and female fans in equal measure!
So when the Momoa was cast as Aquaman many wondered if it was even possible for him to improve his already impressive physique for the highly-coveted role. However, there was a huge amount of work to be done to transform him from a muscle man into a superhuman being.
Using his two multi-million dollar movie contract as an incentive, Momoa dedicates hours to a custom-built climbing wall which he claims is an “integral” part of his fitness regime. “It’s mentally stimulating, it’s like trying to problem solve,” he told Esquire.
Momoa combines rock climbing with “brutal supersets” which include bench presses and push-ups to really trigger his body into action. “I’m not a big fan of just doing weights. Anything more physical is infinitely better,” Momoa said.
“This probably isn’t good advice, but it works for me. You gotta have both ways. I’m an early riser, I work out really hard, I push myself, I get my job done, and at the end of the day, there’s a Guinness waiting for me. I can’t stand chocolate. I don’t eat sweets, but there’s gonna be three Guinness at the end of the day, and it helps me get through.”
“If you’re too disciplined, it can mess up your mind. You need to have that treat for yourself. It keeps me really disciplined, and it tastes good too,” the star said of his now famous love of the Irish beer.
Despite his superhero ready body, Momoa’s casting caused huge controversy with fans of the DC comics who argued that there was no resemblance between the bulky star and their comic book hero. But Momoa didn’t let this interfere with his training for the role.
“Like it or not, I’m the new f*cking Aquaman buddy,” he said.
Momoa has some simple advice to those who want to bulk up, “Everything has a technique to it. So if there’s something you wanna try out, I think it’s always good to get a trainer or listen to people who know what they’re doing.”
“You just don’t want to get hurt, and it’s always good to learn,” the actor added.
If you follow this simple advice, then maybe you too will have strength like Aquaman. Here Momoa exhibits some of his strength by throwing axes with Jimmy Kimmel. We don’t recommend trying this at home!