Earlier this month, a few pictures of J.K. Simmons looking ripped while working out at a gym started making the rounds across the internet. The images surfaced right around the time he was getting ready to start shooting Justice League in London, but according to the actor, he didn’t bulk up for his role in the movie.
While doing the press rounds for the home release of Kung Fu Panda 3, Simmons spoke with Business Insider and explained why he’s been hitting the gym:
“This is all coincidental. After the second and final time that I got hugely fat in my life and when I lost that weight six or seven years ago, I pretty much decided that I was going to stay in decent shape for the rest of my life.”
The actor then went on to reveal that he decided to get in shape a few years ago for his role as Vernon Schillinger on HBO’s Oz:
“I was not in good shape at all. I was overweight and soft and here I am playing the head of the Aryan Brotherhood in this maximum-security prison in the first-ever HBO original drama and I was watching the first season when it came out and I just thought, ‘Wow, I don’t believe this guy at all. I have to get my ass to the gym and be a believable hard-ass.'”
Lastly, Simmons assured that his physique won’t affect Commissioner Gordon’s iconic look in any way:
“I’m not going to mess with something that iconic.”
What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to seeing the actor as Commissioner Gordon in next year’s Justice League? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section.
Source: Business Insider