‘The Eternals’: Kumail Nanjiani Reflects On The Reaction To His Shirtless Photo

Kumail Nanjiani reflected on the viral sensation he created by sharing a photo of his new physique for Marvel StudiosThe Eternals.

In November, Marvel Studios will introduce audiences to the immortal extra-terrestrial beings known as The Eternals. Included in the star-studded cast in Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani, who portrays the cosmic-powered Kingo.

Late last year, Kumail Nanjiani posted a photo of the new and improved physique for his role in The Eternals, which went viral after fans were struck by his transformation. During an interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kumail Nanjiani explained that he decided to share the photo because he wasn’t sure he would still look the same after the Christmas holiday:

“Who knows what I’m going to look like after Christmas? As soon as I saw the picture, I was like the world must see this.”

“It was a weird couple of days … It really got out of control,”  Kumail Nanjiani later said of the buzz that followed the photo’s online debut. However, Kumail Nanjiani noted that getting into such great shape for The Eternals did not come without some sacrifices:

“You work out everyday and you sort of learn to enjoy it. The diet is the hardest thing. I haven’t had pizza or a donut in over a year. I’ve had no refined sugar in a year, almost no carbs at all. You know what my snack has been? I get a bag of sugarsnap peas and I eat them. That’s what I’ve been doing at night.”

Are you excited to see Kumail Nanjiani in actions as Kingo when The Eternals hits theater? Let us know below!

Here is the official synopsis for Marvel Studios’ The Eternals:

“Marvel Studios’ The Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.

Directed by Chloé Zhao from a script written by Matthew K. Firpo and Ryan Firpo, The Eternals stars Richard Madden as Ikaris, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayak as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as Druig, and Angelina Jolie as Thena. Kit Harrington was cast as Dane Whitman.

The Eternals will be released in theaters on November 6, 2020.

Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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