This week Kumail Nanjiani was re-introduced to the internet in thirst-trap form. The comedian dropped a pic of himself on Instagram, revealing he is now a ripped unit.
Unsurprisingly, social media had a lot to say about it.
Nanjiani’s shredded transformation has been for his upcoming role in Marvel’s The Eternals. He’ll be starring alongside the likes of Kit Harrington, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Gemma Chan.
Marvel fans: "Oh no! RDJ and Chris Evans are leaving the MCU. What are we going to do??"— Curtis Kimberlin Jr ???? (@ckimberlinjr) December 16, 2019
Simu Liu and Kumail Nanjiani: "I think we can be of assistance…" pic.twitter.com/ztzFZiJ2oe
My whole day has been thrown off by learning that Kumail Nanjiani is ridiculously jacked now— Patrick Wyman (@Patrick_Wyman) December 16, 2019
gonna tell my kids this was Kumail Nanjiani pic.twitter.com/2oTkBzgKpT— Chris Gayomali (@chrisgayomali) December 16, 2019
Gets cast by marvel – pic.twitter.com/jJFUVhmfvd— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) December 16, 2019
Kumail Nanjiani won the ‘beginning of the decade vs. end of the decade’ challenge pic.twitter.com/bQ9JclOoYa— crazy spooked asian (@tribranchvo) December 16, 2019
Gonna tell my kids this is Kumail Nanjiani. pic.twitter.com/9OJsMD4yn0— Juul e Laal (@antifatwa) December 16, 2019
Even Porn Hub got involved, which was brought to Nanjiani’s attention.
It’s been a weird couple of days… https://t.co/nUIuVrE7ax— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 17, 2019
And Nanjiani’s wife, Emily V Gordon, also stated how proud she was of his progress. She went on to say they’re both gamers at heart (the pair used to have a video game podcast called The Indoor Kids).
My husband works hard for every role he takes, but he's worked hard in many new ways for this one. I'm so proud of him. I always have been.— Emily V Gordon (@emilyvgordon) December 16, 2019
Also, we spent the majority of this past weekend playing Borderlands 3 so don't think he's changed too much. https://t.co/AzlrdgXtHX
My favourite part of this entire saga is Nanjiani being honest about how he got this point. He states that he couldn’t have done it without being literally paid to 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,” he said.
He also thanked his wife for putting up with his talking about dieting and working out for the last year.
“I promise I’ll be interesting again some day,” he said.
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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!)