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A Shaky, But Ripped Kumail Nanjiani Eats His First Bite of Pizza in Over a Year

By Dustin Rowles | TV | January 24, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | January 24, 2020 |


Remember when Kumail Nanjiani got insanely ripped for Marvel’s The Eternals, and he posted an image to Instagram, and the Internet lost its collective sh*t?

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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!)

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Looking like that comes at a cost, obviously. The cost primarily is the inability to eat carbs or refined sugar for a year and a half. Can you imagine working out every day and not being able to reward yourself with pizza or a Snickers? I mean, no offense, Kumail, but WHAT’S THE POINT? If you have all the money and fame in the world, and you look like that, but you can’t eat a slice of pizza, then why? I hope he’s at least eating this much sushi once a week.

In either respect, two days after he wrapped filming on The Eternals, Kumail appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to brag about his physique (and make no mistake, if I looked like that, that’s exactly what I’d do, too). Midway through the segment, however, Kimmel surprised him with cake and pizza, and Kumail — who is no longer filming and hasn’t had cake or pizza in a year-and-half — very excitedly took him up on the offer of cake and pizza.

Kumail, by the way, was really on to promote his anthology series on Apple TV+, Little America, which I have heard nothing but fantastic things about (and we’ll have a review of that up soon).

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