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Actor and stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani revealed his ripped body transformation on Monday–and Twitter users are freaking out.
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.
“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.
My whole day has been thrown off by learning that Kumail Nanjiani is ridiculously jacked now— Patrick Wyman (@Patrick_Wyman) December 16, 2019
Stop showing me ripped Kumail I’m begging you. I don’t need this today— Kath Barbadoro (@kathbarbadoro) 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
I don't know if I'll ever be ready for a jacked Kumail Nanjiani.— Mark Tompkins (@MarkJTompkins) December 8, 2019
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.
since yall think all brown folks look the same anyway feel free to confuse me for kumail nanjiani whenever you want now https://t.co/uTWRPqFtpU— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) December 16, 2019
Instead of formulating a take on Ripped Kumail, I encourage everyone to discuss how hot I have been, am currently, and will continue to be. This is the brave and correct choice.— Brittani Nichols (@BisHilarious) December 16, 2019
Kumail and I have been getting a lot of attention for our hot bodies today.— chanukarms (@IanKarmel) December 16, 2019
gonna tell my kids this was Kumail Nanjiani pic.twitter.com/2oTkBzgKpT— Chris Gayomali (@chrisgayomali) December 16, 2019
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.
“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.
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. pic.twitter.com/jJqRXQS7iC— peanut butter perfect bar (@beerquena) December 16, 2019
Alright: Kumail showing off his final form.— Level 7 Access Podcast (@Level7AccessPod) December 16, 2019
Even better: Pointing out this was only achievable under extremely privileged circumstances while thanking people.
I didn’t think it was possibly to love him even more, but here we are! pic.twitter.com/79wl769yBT
ok so yes kumail is absolutely ripped but also his insta caption about just how unrealistic this is for most men is EXTREMELY refreshing pic.twitter.com/Pa0NEFghGf— David Mack (@davidmackau) December 16, 2019
Sierra Juarez is a freelance journalist and fact-checker based in Mexico. She most enjoys writing about human rights and politics and working in audience engagement. Her work has appeared in the Texas Tribune, the Austin American–Statesman, and the San Antonio Current.