How Actors Got Into Shape For Their Beefy Roles

Alexander Skarsgard As Tarzan In The Legend On Tarzan

If you think of a man that grew up in the jungle with apes and swinging from trees, you would imagine he would be pretty ripped, which is exactly what Alexander Skarsgard is in The Legend of Tarzan.

Alexander Skarsgard in The Legend of Tarzan
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

To achieve this jungle-man look, Skarsgard would eat an estimated 7,000 calories a day and did “nothing but eating and training” for eight months to prepare for the role. However, there was an emphasis on eating, which he says he did in different phases over the course of several months, of course, on top of a rigorous workout routine.