"Some people said, 'You look ill,' which is what my wife thought. Others were saying, 'Well done'. And the thing is, it wasn't meant to be an aspirational thing."

By Ian Horswill


Posted on July 10, 2019

Mission Impossible actor Simon Pegg has spoken about the photograph that his personal trainer posted recently on Twitter.

“Simon Pegg 6 month body transformation for #InheritanceMovie,” he tweeted.

“The brief for this role was lean, VERY lean. It required a specific body shape & look.”

Sharing the post, 49-year-old Pegg added: “Also occasional mild grumpiness…”.

The look was for upcoming thriller Inheritance, directed by Vaughn Stein of Terminal fame, and also starring Lily Collins (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).

Simon Pegg lost 8.6kgs and reduced his body fat to eight per cent for the role in his latest movie.

“The response from that picture was so weird,” Pegg told GQ Hype.

“Some people said, ‘You look ill,’ which is what my wife thought. Others were saying, ‘Well done’. And the thing is, it wasn’t meant to be an aspirational thing.

“It was a snapshot that my trainer took and I really didn’t expect the furore that followed. All I can think of is that people still think of me as that schlubby guy from Shaun of the Dead.”

According to the actor his Mission Impossible co-star Tom Cruise was a big fan of his new looking, nicknaming him ‘eight-pack Peggles’.

Pegg, who plays Benji Dunn in the Mission Impossible films, addressed what it took to look with hardly a gram of fat on his body.

Dylan Moran, Kate Ashfield, Simon Pegg and Lucy Davis in Shaun of the Dead (2004).

“With Inheritance, I was basically playing a guy who had been a hostage for a long time, so he was naturally very thin,” Pegg explains.

“So Nick and I developed this plan to give me that body shape and it was a lot of work. I trained for three months with only one day off a week. Obviously nutrition was a big part of that, too,” Pegg told GQ Hype.

“Nick always says you can’t outrun a bad diet and that is completely true. No matter how many sit-ups you do, you’ll never get a six-pack if you don’t manage your macro-nutrients properly.

“It was a really interesting experience and because the film was delayed a bit I doubled down on the training, so by the time I got to Alabama to shoot it I looked like … Well, seemingly everyone has seen it.

“But the aftermath of that has almost been more tricky than actually training for it, because you release so many endorphins every day that when you stop what you get is an endorphin deficit and that makes you feel a little bit down.”

In total, Pegg shed 8.6 kg (19 lbs) of body weight for Inheritance and reduced to eight per cent body fat.

Pegg, of course, is not the first actor to shed or gain weight for a role.

Christian Bale lost 28kgs for his role in The Machinist and Renée Zellweger put on 13kgs to play Bridget Jones.

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