Kumail Nanjiani’s parents collect merchandise featuring images of his buff body

Kumail Nanjiani’s parents love to buy accessories featuring images of their son’s ripped physique.Back in December, the 42-year-old debuted his incredible transformation on social media by uploading a snap of himself posing with bulging biceps and defi…

Kumail Nanjiani’s parents love to buy accessories featuring images of their son’s ripped physique.

Back in December, the 42-year-old debuted his incredible transformation on social media by uploading a snap of himself posing with bulging biceps and defined abs.

Kumail told his fans and followers that he had overhauled his diet and lifestyle to get in shape for his upcoming role as superhero Kingo in Marvel’s The Eternals, and revealed his family members were blown away by his new muscular body.

And in a new interview with Variety for their #REPRESENT: Success Stories series, the star joked that his parents now have socks adorned with pictures of his shirtless body.

“It’s the only time they’ve said vocally that they’re proud of me. It’s the only time!” he laughed. “My dad got socks with my shirtless body on it. I had aunts texting me like, ‘We’re so proud of you! You’ve worked so hard!'”

Late last year, the Silicon Valley actor also discussed how odd it was when images of his transformation went viral on social media, and exploded on news sites across the world – even causing a sensation in his native Pakistan.

“My brother said, ‘Dad already sent your (half) naked pics to both families’ WhatsApp groups,'” he told U.S. talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! “And then it goes in newspapers in Pakistan. So, I had all my aunts texting me pictures of myself, like, ‘So proud of you.’ It’s weird to have your aunts sending you naked pictures of yourself.”

The Eternals, co-starring Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, and Kit Harington, is set to be released in February 2021.

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Tom Holland has penned screenplay with his brother

Tom Holland has used the coronavirus lockdown to finish a movie script he has been writing with his brother Harry.The Spider-Man: Homecoming star, 23, revealed he has co-written the new script with his 21-year-old sibling during a chat with U.S. late-n…

Tom Holland has used the coronavirus lockdown to finish a movie script he has been writing with his brother Harry.

The Spider-Man: Homecoming star, 23, revealed he has co-written the new script with his 21-year-old sibling during a chat with U.S. late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday.

Speaking via video link from his London home, where he is self-isolating with Harry and other pals, he said the script has now been sent off to producers in the hope it will be made into a movie.

“Harry and I have been working on the script that we’ve been writing together,” he said. “So we’ve done some really good work on that. We’ve sent that out yesterday to the first bunch of producers, which is actually more nerve-wracking than anything I’ve done in my career.”

Asked if he had any issues with being stuck at home, Tom shared that he was doing well due to the nice weather in London and being able to get drunk with his pals.

“Not really because we’re all drunk all the time,” he admitted. “We can’t complain. We have a lovely outdoor space, and the weather in London has been really nice. We’re doing fine, we’re all good.”

The star also confessed that he declared at the weekend that he was going to stop drinking alcohol for a week, but his plans to stay sober were foiled on Monday morning when he received a case of gin from Ryan Reynolds’ Aviation Gin firm.

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Chris Evans’s mum convinced him to take on Captain America

Chris Evans has his mum to thank for his role as Captain America after she urged him to reconsider turning down the Marvel blockbuster.The Knives Out actor passed on the titular superhero role “a few times”, and told Jimmy Kimmel last year that he was …

Chris Evans has his mum to thank for his role as Captain America after she urged him to reconsider turning down the Marvel blockbuster.

The Knives Out actor passed on the titular superhero role “a few times”, and told Jimmy Kimmel last year that he was “scared” of being a part of a massive film franchise.

Now, it has been revealed that it was the actor’s mum, Lisa, who convinced him to seize the career-making opportunity.

“His biggest fear was losing his anonymity,” she explained to Esquire magazine. “He said, ‘I have a career now where I can do work I really like. I can walk my dog. Nobody bothers me. Nobody wants to talk to me. I can go wherever I want. And the idea of losing that is terrifying to me.'”

She added, “I said to him, ‘Look, you want to do acting work for the rest of your life? If you do this part, you will have the opportunity. You’ll never have to worry about paying the rent. If you take the part, you just have to decide, ‘It’s not going to affect my life negatively – it will enable it.'”

Evans, who also portrayed Johnny Storm in 2005’s Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel, took his mother’s advice and ended up playing Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, in 11 Marvel movies, from Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011 to last year’s Avengers: Endgame.

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Melissa McCarthy pokes fun at rumours she’ll play Ursula in The Little Mermaid

Melissa McCarthy has poked fun at rumours suggesting she’ll play Ursula in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.It was reported back in June that the Bridesmaids actress was in talks to star as the villainous sea witch in the upcoming film, and…

Melissa McCarthy has poked fun at rumours suggesting she’ll play Ursula in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

It was reported back in June that the Bridesmaids actress was in talks to star as the villainous sea witch in the upcoming film, and during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, she hilariously teased fans over the speculation.

“I read that you are going to be a part of the live-action remake of Little Mermaid,” host Kimmel began, before McCarthy interrupted and jokingly asked: “What’s that?”

She then quipped, “I hadn’t heard about that. It seems like it will be an awfully fun thing to do. I’d love if Disney gave me a little ringy ding ding… We’ll see. If it did happen, it would be very wonderful.”

McCarthy then went on to explain that the role of Ursula would be perfect for her, as she watched the 1989 Disney animated classic “every single night for about a year-and-a-half” when she worked as a babysitter in her youth.

“I know it to my core and I weirdly still love it,” the 48-year-old said, before adding that her daughters Vivian, 12, and Georgette, nine, would probably advise her not to embarrass them with her portrayal of the iconic Disney villain.

Rob Marshall is set to direct the live-action remake, with Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda working on the score with original The Little Mermaid composer, Alan Menken.

Halle Bailey has been confirmed to play mermaid Ariel, Harry Styles is reportedly in early negotiations to star as Prince Eric, and Javier Bardem is in talks to take on the role of King Triton.

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Naomi Scott: ‘Will Smith is the least disappointing superstar’

Naomi Scott is a big fan of her Aladdin co-star Will Smith, calling him the “least disappointing superstar” she’s ever met. The British actress plays Jasmine in the live-action version of Disney’s animated classic, and has now revealed that meeting t…

Naomi Scott is a big fan of her Aladdin co-star Will Smith, calling him the “least disappointing superstar” she’s ever met.

The British actress plays Jasmine in the live-action version of Disney’s animated classic, and has now revealed that meeting the Hollywood legend – who plays the wish-granting Genie – was exactly how she imagined it would be.

“He is the least disappointing superstar to ever meet,” she confessed during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night. “I highly recommend meeting him.”

Naomi then managed to embarrass her older brother Joshua, as she told the audience that he owns a life-size cut-out figure of Will.

“He’s married and he still has it now,” the 26-year-old laughed.

While it’s a daunting prospect to take on the role of one of the most famous Disney princesses, Naomi also sweetly shared how she used to re-enact scenes from the movie when she was younger.

“Of course, I loved the movie growing up,” she explained. “Somehow I always got relegated to Abu, the monkey.”

And becoming a role model to millions of little girls around the world hasn’t fazed Naomi, but she was a little taken aback by their enthusiasm at a recent screening of the film.

“They attacked me and I was like, ‘Wow, that felt real,'” the star laughed.

Additionally, Naomi and the cast, including Aladdin actor Mena Massoud, worked extensively with sound engineer Simon Hayes to ensure they were able to sing live during filming.

“It was a great opportunity to sing live. Literally, I’m just singing a cappella on my own, on the set. The worst part is, you can’t really hear yourself,” she smiled.

Aladdin is released in the U.K. on 22 May and hits U.S. cinemas two days later.

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