How Zachary Levi Got in Shape For Shazam!
Source:TheWrap In what history will undoubtedly judge as a casting masterstroke, Warner Bros gave Zachary Levi the lead in their latest superhero story. Shazam!, described as “Big meets Superman” is what Spielberg might create if he was directing; family fare, with far more comedy than most DC Comics releases. At the heart of it is a young boy who discovers he can unlock the superhero within himself simply by uttering the word “Shazam”. So, who better to bring Billy Batson's alter ego to life than the same man who played lovable-geek-turned-reluctant-CIA-agent Chuck in the series of the same name? Understanding why he gets a kick out of trying his powers is easy – any teenage boy, or indeed, Chuck, would. But Levi needed to be physically as well as psychologically and mentally believable. And that meant packing on a lot of muscle… So how did he do it?
Old-Fashioned Diet and Exercise
Sometimes it really is true that if something is not broken, you don't have to fix it. Zachary Levi worked at transforming his body for months. The gym became his second home, and he was there at least 5, and usually 6 days a week. Some days he would do two workouts and some none to keep mixing it up, but his average was just over an hour a day. He exercised with a partner, photographer Eric Blackmon, which helped to keep both of them motivated. They're looking great, and the fact that Blackmon documented the entire process probably also helped to keep Levi focused. However, as he explained himself, exercise is not enough to become a super ripped super hero. You have to be giving your body what it needs to be building that kind of muscle. He took in around 3,700 calories a day – almost twice that of the average adult. This sounds pretty easy if you can eat whatever you want, but that's not the case. Almost every meal was a variation on the theme of chicken and vegetables. That can get pretty boring, especially since you have to eat even when you're not hungry. You can't argue with the results though. Enjoy a great range of super slots at Royal Vegas Casino! We’ll give you a super time with our ongoing promotions, countless gaming titles and fantastic winning possibilities.
The “Fake Muscles” Controversy
Although apparently, some people did try to argue with the results. When Men's Health contributor Vinnie Mancuso saw leaked pictures of Levi in full costume, he publicly called them fake. The actor himself responded with several comments, some serious, some clearly a little more tongue-in-cheek, and denied the rumours. To set the record straight on what Mancuso ultimately nicknamed “LeviGate”, Shazam! costume designer Leah Butler explained to a group of online journalists visiting the set how superhero suits usually work. Butler said that the only actor to ever be “all natural” in this kind of role was original Man of Steel Christopher Reeve. Other than that, the suits are all made with increasingly hi-tech materials, which give the final wow factor to our favourite heroes. And to carry that off properly, you have to be in great shape. Like the Shazam! star really is.
Levi is Fighting Fit in Every Way
Most people would probably tolerate boring food and gruelling workouts for the kind of payday Shazam! will have earned Levi. However, he has said that focusing on health and self-care has made him stronger, physically, but mentally, spiritually and emotionally too. He's stressed that this is the conversation that he wants to keep going, helping people to learn to really embrace and love themselves. And if that's the warm, fuzzy, Spielberg-esque message audiences take home from this movie, that's alright with us!