The movie Pompeii is in theatres and viewers are raving about how the movie has it all – fights, romance, tsunamis, and of course, lava bombs from a massive volcano eruption. But what a lot of people remember are the gladiators – muscular men battling it out with axes and wielding their swords like they were born doing it. It’s hard not to notice that the gladiators have rock-hard abs, and bodies that make girls swoon and guys say, “They MUST have used makeup!”
But the truth is the abs are real (Don’t feel too bad, guys – actors get paid to work out!) and the directors felt that it was important to portray what gladiators actually used to look like. So, how did the actors get so fit?
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Kit Harington (who plays the slave-turned-gladiator, Milo) said that prepping for the movie involved training very hard with stunt people and learning sword fights with one sword and then two swords. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who plays fellow gladiator, Bridgageous added that it was a four-hour workout daily: two hours of fight training with weapons, an hour of weight lifting, and an hour of cardio.
And what about their food? Diet played an important role. They were on an 1,800-calorie diet “designed specifically for our bodies to be attuned to lose fat and pop out muscles".
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Akinnuoye-Agbaje says that for four and a half months he was asked to eat fish and vegetables (he doesn’t eat meat), while Harington stuck to chicken and vegetables. And it wasn't easy. He says that during the shooting of the movie, “we could smell a hamburger from about five miles away”.
And of course, the first thing they did when they were done shooting the film was wolf down a couple of burgers and some fries, and wash it down with shakes. “We wanted some good quality junk,” says Akinnuoye-Agbaje, laughing.
Well, no judgement here. We totally understand the craving for fast food. And we think it was one feast well-deserved.