Kumail Nanjiani shocked the internet last year when he revealed photos of a major body transformation leading up to his starring role in The Eternals. Now, the 41-year-old actor and writer covers the April 2020 issue of Men’s Health US, on stands March 17th.
On becoming part of the Marvel universe like fellow comedians Chris Pratt and Paul Rudd, which included turning down supporting parts in other comic-book projects: “It was a pipe dream, but I was very strategic about it. I was like, ‘I don’t want to be just part of the Marvel movie; I want to be a Marvel superhero.’”
Emily V. Gordon on reactions after Kumail shared photos of his new body with the world: “Half the messages I got that day were from people being like, ‘Hey, I want to have sex with your husband, and the other half were from people making sure I was okay with my husband’s naked body being everywhere. It took a very private thing from our lives and made it incredibly public. And all I could be was really proud, because he looked amazing.”
On reframing his workout philosophy, after initially dreading the 1-hour drive to his Beverly Hills gym and the intense fitness regimen responsible for his The Eternals body: “Today, I drove to that gym and five minutes into my workout, my mood brightened. I love it.”
On his own mixed personal feelings after going public with his new physique: “I don’t want to discount people who genuinely have debilitating body issues. I don’t have that. But I did start getting some body dysmorphia. I’d look in the mirror and I’d see my abs – and when I looked again, they would fade. I would just see the flaws.”
On how Instagram and comments from fans helped him to go easier on himself: “When I saw that reaction was when I was like, ‘Okay, I clearly don’t see what’s actually there.’ It’s something I’m trying to be aware of and be better at, because that’s not a good way to be. You want to be easy on yourself.” Images courtesy of Emily Shur for Men’s Health. (source)