Kumail Nanjiani passed up minor Marvel roles to fulfil superhero dreams

Kumail Nanjiani turned down small parts in Marvel movies because he was determined to star as a superhero in one.The 42-year-old, who plays immortal being Kingo in the upcoming comic book adaptation of Eternals, revealed in an interview with Men’s Heal…

Kumail Nanjiani turned down small parts in Marvel movies because he was determined to star as a superhero in one.

The 42-year-old, who plays immortal being Kingo in the upcoming comic book adaptation of Eternals, revealed in an interview with Men’s Health magazine that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of fellow comedy actors Chris Pratt and Paul Rudd, who have carved out successful Marvel careers.

After he was passed over for a part in Marvel’s TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Kumail was determined not to be cast in nerdy sidekick roles, so decided to wait until a bigger part came his way.

“It was a pipe dream, but I was very strategic about it. I was like, ‘I don’t want to be just part of a Marvel movie; I want to be a Marvel superhero,'” he explained.

The Big Sick star appears alongside Angelina Jolie, Kit Harington and Richard Madden in Eternals, and his character is part of a group of cosmic-powered beings who are sworn to protect Earth.

Kumail’s superhero character Kingo disguises his powers by becoming a successful Bollywood star, and he confessed that he based his performance on Bruce Willis’ iconic role as wry police officer John McClane from 1988’s Die Hard, which is one of his favourite films.

“That movie’s life-or-death, and Eternals is life-or-death, too. I was like, ‘How can a character crack wise but still have tension, and not make it feel like you’re making fun of the whole thing?'” he explained.

Eternals will hit cinemas in November.

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Kumail Nanjiani struggled with body dysmorphia amid new exercise regime

Kumail Nanjiani struggled with body dysmorphia after a new diet and exercise regime gave him an entirely new physique.The Eternals actor stunned the world when he unveiled his new look last year, with fans amazed at how he’d gone from scrawny to buff.B…

Kumail Nanjiani struggled with body dysmorphia after a new diet and exercise regime gave him an entirely new physique.

The Eternals actor stunned the world when he unveiled his new look last year, with fans amazed at how he’d gone from scrawny to buff.

But in a new interview with Men’s Health magazine, Kumail revealed he found it hard to accept his drastically-changed appearance.

“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,” he said. “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.”

However, once he went public with his new body, the Silicon Valley star did actually find it helpful to see the reaction from his fans on social media.

“When I saw that reaction was when I was like, ‘Okay, I clearly don’t see what’s actually there,'” the 42-year-old explained. “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.”

Among Kumail’s new workout regime, he had electric shocks to his biceps to get his muscles moving. The actor also tried various ways of eating, such as paleo and fasting, before he began to plateau – at which point he took “all of the lessons I’ve learned from all of them combined”.

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Kumail Nanjiani and Patricia Arquette react to SXSW festival cancellation

Kumail Nanjiani and Patricia Arquette have taken to social media to react to the cancellation of the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival due to coronavirus fears.City of Austin officials declared on Friday that the annual multimedia festival had been ca…

Kumail Nanjiani and Patricia Arquette have taken to social media to react to the cancellation of the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival due to coronavirus fears.

City of Austin officials declared on Friday that the annual multimedia festival had been cancelled in the interest of public safety due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak.

Studio films such as Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island and David Lowery’s The Green Knight were scheduled to premiere at the event, which was due to kick off on 13 March, and many smaller films without distribution deals have now been cast adrift, with filmmakers looking for new festivals to debut their projects.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, The Big Sick star Nanjiani, who stars in The Lovebirds, praised SXSW officials for making the right decision.

“SXSW is one of my favourite festivals,” he wrote. “I know this sucks for many people for whom this was a massive opportunity. But we’re kind of in an unprecedented situation here and caution is key. Thank you for making the right decision.”

Arquette felt sympathy for the filmmakers who were set to showcase their latest work at the festival, such as her brother David.

“So sad for the filmmakers and my brother @DavidArquette Who was premiering his amazing documentary ‘You Cannot Kill David Arquette,'” she tweeted.

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson wrote, “The cancelling of SXSW is a devastating blow to a lot of indie filmmakers who were set to finally premiere their hard work. My heart goes out to you all,” while actor/director Mark Duplass posted, “My heart goes out to all those affected by the @sxsw cancellation. So vital to so many artists, organisations, businesses, etc. Let’s order from local Austin businesses. Let’s support the SXSW artists. Let’s take care of each other.”

Announcing the cancellation of the event, organisers said in a statement, “We are devastated to share this news with you. ‘The show must go on’ is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place… We honour and respect the City of Austin’s decision. We are committed to doing our part to protect our staff, attendees, and fellow Austinites.”

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Kumail Nanjiani took Bollywood dance lessons to prepare for Eternals

Kumail Nanjiani took Bollywood dance lessons to prepare for his role in Marvel’s superhero movie Eternals.The 42-year-old stars alongside Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Kit Harington in the upcoming comic book adaptation, which focuses…

Kumail Nanjiani took Bollywood dance lessons to prepare for his role in Marvel’s superhero movie Eternals.

The 42-year-old stars alongside Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Kit Harington in the upcoming comic book adaptation, which focuses on the Eternals, a group of immortal aliens who have been living on Earth for more than 7,000 years.

In a recent interview on Deadline’s New Hollywood podcast, Kumail revealed that he took Bollywood dance lessons to prepare for a huge scene in the upcoming movie which involves his character, Kingo, strutting his stuff.

“A lot of it takes place in the present day,” he explained. “My character, for instance, is like ‘OK we’re supposed to keep a low profile, no one should know.’ So I become a Bollywood movie star, that’s my secret identity.”

“We’re supposed to keep quiet and I’ve become the biggest Bollywood movie star,” Kumail laughed, before adding that he had to undergo tough training for the Bollywood number alongside more than 50 South Asian dancers.

“I was like, we went from, like, none of us, to so many in one scene!” he joked. “I took months of Bollywood dance classes to prepare for that. It’s really a workout… and you know, there’s like 52 dancers, and 51 of them are professional dancers, and then there’s me!”

The Pakistani-American star hit the headlines last year when he revealed the new ripped physique he achieved through training for the upcoming superhero movie.

Eternals is set to be released in November.

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Haaz Sleiman cried after filming history-making gay kiss for Marvel’s Eternals

Haaz Sleiman has recalled how everyone cried on the set of new superhero film Eternals after he filmed a gay kiss scene.The upcoming blockbuster, which focuses on a race of immortal beings created by the Celestials, will not only feature the Marvel Cin…

Haaz Sleiman has recalled how everyone cried on the set of new superhero film Eternals after he filmed a gay kiss scene.

The upcoming blockbuster, which focuses on a race of immortal beings created by the Celestials, will not only feature the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first same-sex kiss, but two of the characters will be in an openly queer relationship.

Sleiman plays a supporting cast member in the movie, who is married to Brian Tyree Henry’s immortal hero Phastos, and the couple have a child together.

He discussed the groundbreaking move by Marvel producers in an interview with NewNowNext and noted he wants audiences to understand his character’s “beautiful and loving” relationship with the first-ever gay superhero.

“It’s a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set. For me, it’s very important to show how loving and beautiful a queer family can be,” the 43-year-old explained. “Brian Tyree Henry is such a tremendous actor and brought so much beauty into this part, and at one point I saw a child in his eyes, and I think it’s important for the world to be reminded that we, in the queer community, were all children at one point.

“We forget that because we’re always depicted as sexual or rebellious; we forget to connect on that human part.”

Eternals, which takes place after the devastating events of last year’s Avengers: Endgame, will see the immortal beings uniting to defend Earth from the Deviants.

The comic book flick, also starring Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani and Kit Harington, is scheduled to hit cinemas in November.

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Kumail Nanjiani stuns fans with ripped physique

Kumail Nanjiani has wowed fans by showing off his physical transformation for his role in Marvel movie The Eternals. The Silicon Valley actor and stand-up comedian was revealed to be playing Kingo, a cosmic-powered being and legendary swordsman, in th…

Kumail Nanjiani has wowed fans by showing off his physical transformation for his role in Marvel movie The Eternals.

The Silicon Valley actor and stand-up comedian was revealed to be playing Kingo, a cosmic-powered being and legendary swordsman, in the Marvel movie earlier this year, and he has been training heavily to prepare for filming.

On Monday evening, the 41-year-old showed off the result of his hard work, posting a shirtless picture on Instagram to flaunt his new ripped abs and bulging biceps.

“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,” he wrote in the caption. “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.”

He went on to thank trainer Grant Roberts for making him “understand true physical pain for months and months”, the fitness team on location, the chefs at Matthews Street Catering for making him healthy meals, and his wife Emily V. Gordon for “putting up with me complaining and talking about only working out and dieting for the last year”.

Kumail’s picture subsequently went viral on social media and received many celebrity comments. Dwayne Johnson praised his transformation by writing, “Extremely hard work. Dense muscle is hard to achieve. Looking great my brother!!” with fist bump and flexing muscle emojis, while fellow former wrestler Dave Bautista wrote, “Holy good god! I’d say mission accomplished. Way to get after it brother!”

Brittany Snow added, “Holy. S**t,” Jason Biggs commented, “Holy balls,” and Chelsea Handler stated, “This is ridiculous.”

The Eternals, which also stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, and Richard Madden, is slated to hit cinemas in November 2020.

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Angelina Jolie’s children excited to see her play ‘strong’ superhero in The Eternals

Angelina Jolie’s children are thrilled that she’s going to be playing a “strong” superhero in Marvel’s The Eternals. The actress and activist was unveiled as part of the cast of the superhero film during San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, alongsi…

Angelina Jolie’s children are thrilled that she’s going to be playing a “strong” superhero in Marvel’s The Eternals.

The actress and activist was unveiled as part of the cast of the superhero film during San Diego Comic-Con earlier this month, alongside Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, and Kumail Nanjiani.

And the Oscar-winning star said her six children – Maddox, 17, Pax, 15, Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and 11-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne – are excited to see their mum kicking butt in the highly-anticipated blockbuster.

“What’s really moving to me is that they want to see me strong, and so it’s less to see me in a film, but they’re just happy I will be strong and having fun,” Jolie told People.

Since landing the fierce role of Thena in the comic book adaptation, the 44-year-old has training with “everything from swords to ballet”, and she promised Marvel fans that she wouldn’t let them down.

“She’s a warrior. I’m going to have to work very hard to give the Marvel Cinematic Universe the Thena they deserve,” Jolie added.

The Maleficent star is also looking forward to teaming up with the film’s director, Chloe Zhao, as she thinks the Chinese-American filmmaker will make a “special” Marvel movie.

“With all the love and respect for the others and what makes them work, we hope to add something new,” Jolie gushed.

Hayek previously shared her excitement at being cast in The Eternals, and revealed her character Ajak had been changed from male to female.

“I’m so excited to join the Marvel family as Ajak, the mother of all Eternals. It used to be the father of all Eternals, but girls… this is OUR time!!!!” she shared on Instagram.

The Eternals will be released in November 2020.

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Lady Gaga shines in silver at A Star Is Born premiere

Lady Gaga stole the spotlight at the A Star Is Born premiere on Monday night (24Sep18). The superstar stepped out at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for the debut of her latest project, a remake of the 1937 film of the same name. Posing up a sto…

Lady Gaga stole the spotlight at the A Star Is Born premiere on Monday night (24Sep18).

The superstar stepped out at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for the debut of her latest project, a remake of the 1937 film of the same name.

Posing up a storm for photographers, Gaga opted for a silver lace gown with matching cape from Givenchy Haute Couture for the event, which she accessorised with Bulgari jewellery.

She was styled by Sandra Amador and Tom Eerebout, while celebrity make-up artist Sarah Tanno was in charge of her beauty look and Frederic Aspiras chose to place her platinum locks in waves.

“Inspired by the classic beauties of Hollywood glamour with a futuristic twist,” the hairstylist captioned a snap of the 32-year-old on Instagram. “A simple wave that frames the face and sparkling white hair!”

Gaga’s co-star Bradley Cooper, who also made his directorial debut on A Star Is Born, chose to wear a light blue three-piece suit with white shirt and polka dot tie.

While former Glee star Lea Michele also wore a silver dress with deep neckline and tiered skirt. Other celebrities to show their support for the film included Julianne Hough, who wore a sharp off-white tuxedo, and Abbie Cornish, who opted for a gorgeous, white two-piece top and skirt with a dramatic shoulder detail.

Sam Elliott, who plays the older brother and manager of Bradley’s character Jackson Maine in the movie, walked the red carpet with his wife Katharine Ross and their daughter Cleo Rose Elliott.

Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon turned the premiere into a date night too, while stars including Chrissy Metz, Rosanna Arquette, Alyssa Milano, Giuliana Rancic, Adam Lambert, Gavin Rossdale, Barry Manilow and Gloria Estefan were also in attendance.

A Star Is Born, which tells of a hard-drinking country musician who discovers and falls in love with a young singer, hits cinemas from 3 October.

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