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Kumail Nanjiani is super ripped now–and people are freaking out

More than anything, people loved the caption on the star's photos.


Sierra Juarez

Internet Culture

Published Dec 16, 2019   Updated May 19, 2021, 8:17 pm CDT

Actor and stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani revealed his ripped body transformation on Monday–and Twitter users are freaking out.

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The actor, known for his role on the HBO series Silicon Valley, posted his new buff bod on Instagram. Nanjiani said he started working out about a year ago when he found out he was going to star in Marvel Studios’ The Eternals.

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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,” he wrote on an Instagram post with two pictures of himself.

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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!)

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People tweeted out their opinions on his new look. Most people were shocked.

“My whole day has been thrown off by learning that Kumail Nanjiani is ridiculously jacked now,” Twitter user @Patrick_Wyman wrote.

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The pictures also prompted a lot of Twitter jokes.

“Since y’all think all brown folks look the same anyway, feel free to confuse me for Kumail Nanjiani whenever you want now,” Twitter user @SikhProf wrote.

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But more than anything, people really appreciated that Nanjiani was honest about his transformation. In Nanjiani’s Instagram post, he noted that it would have been “impossible” without the resources and time he had.

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“Clearly Kumail looks amazing, but I love that he mentions that there’s zero way that he’d look like this if the studio didn’t pay for the resources he was given,” Twitter user @beerquena wrote.


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*First Published: Dec 16, 2019, 7:15 pm CST