Of course, I'm refering to

Fat Thor

Now obviously this involved a

prosthetic beer belly, but

How did Chris Hemsworth modify his training regimen and diet for this movie compared to his previous appearances?

Did he intentionally reduce or skip his workout regimen? Did he intentionally consume additional or unhealthy foods?

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    ? If that's CGI or padding, why does he need to modify his diet? – Jenayah May 17 at 18:16
  • @Jenayah: (1) being too muscular (arms) shows through (2) face weight (3) why train/diet hard if you don't need to? – ThePopMachine May 17 at 18:17
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    1/ if they can animate a walking tree they can thin his muscles 2/ see previous point 3/ 'cause you like it? Lots of people train because they like it, to be healthier, fitter, for looks... – Jenayah May 17 at 18:20
  • @Jenayah: Why are we debating this? (1) they can but it's expensive (3) the question doesn't presuppose whether he like it or not. It just asks if he modified his training regimen. In particular, some actors go to extreme lengths for certain roles. In this case, if he does train for the reasons you give, then it puts him in a quandary. Hence why the question is interesting. – ThePopMachine May 17 at 18:28
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    @JunKang - "What topics can I ask about here? Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange is for questions targeted towards science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts. This includes questions about: Behind-the-scenes and fandom information"; scifi.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic – Valorum May 17 at 19:24

Apparently his training regime for Endgame was different from his previous roles as Thor.

Luke said that workouts ahead of filming the latest movie were different to Chris' normal regime, as they would normally use lighter weights and focus more on quick-paced circuit-style training.

'Workouts for Endgame were generally no longer than an hour, targeting two muscle groups per session,' he outlined. 'We limited the movements to four exercises per muscle group with heavy weights, and around six to 12 repetitions.'

Luke said that 'it's not about working out more,' but simply 'working smarter'.

'There are three sessions we stuck to,' he explained. 'Sometimes doubling up the sessions in one week, but never exceeding six days of exercise a week.'

EXCLUSIVE 'It's about working smarter, not harder': Chris Hemsworth's trainer Luke Zocchi on how the star gets into superhero shape ahead of Avengers: Endgame release

As to what he was eating, the emphasis was on a high protein diet with a greater mix of foods and a stronger emphasis on 'wholefoods' to give him the calories needed for his daily workout regime and protein to help him to maintain muscle mass.

Chris complemented his training regime with a diet of 'mostly wholefoods rich in nutrients using various types of proteins, grains, fruits, legumes and fats.'

The father-of-three's chef and Centr's food expert, Sergio Perera, told Daily Mail Australia that Chris gained and maintained muscle by adding red meat and more complex grains such as steamed rice, barley, wholegrain pastas and hearty breads.

'He'd usually consume these during workout days [and keep them to a minimum at night],' he explained.

'It can be quite a challenge sometimes to keep consuming so many calories, so he'd add extra snacks of two to three green shakes, containing vegetables, fats and plant-based proteins.'

Since achieving the "fat thor look" was mostly the work of prosthetics and CGI, his workout was largely (it seems) focused on building up his upper body and arms.

Note that Hemsworth was, during the filming of Endgame, still filming 'pickup' scenes for Infinity War, so actually bulking up to play the role would have been impossible.

"We had to toggle back and forth," Anthony Russo told "While we were shooting 'Endgame' where he was heavier we had to do some pickup shots for 'Infinity War,' so he would have to go back and forth between those two looks. So he had to wear a bodysuit, and it was quite heavy. That suit started to wear on his back, which was scary when you have someone who has to be so physical."

'Avengers: Endgame' directors describe the 100-hour workweeks and tremendous pressure of making their $2 billion blockbuster

  • Wasn't he also working on Men In Black:International as well? – CBredlow May 17 at 21:58
  • @CBredlow - I've no idea whether he gets his kit off in that. Presumably he does. – Valorum May 17 at 22:02

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