It has been said of Alexander Skarsgård’s acting talent that he’s quite the hunk. That’s not meant as a dig at the 39-year-old Swede, because it’s basically a documented fact that Skarsgård is easy on the eyes, as far back as when he was having a gasoline fight with his fellow male models in Zoolander. He rose to fame as arguably the best thing about HBO’s True Blood, and today he’s a bona fide leading man thanks to his starring role in The Legend of Tarzan. While early returns indicate that this Tarzan is struggling at the box office, people still cannot stop talking about Skarsgård’s chiseled abs.
Specifically, there are some people who think that Skarsgård’s physique in the $180 million film is the product of Hollywood magic, but his trainer and nutritionist, Magnus Lygdback, told JOE.co.uk that the actor busted his ass to make sure that he was in the best possible shape. Apparently he takes his gorilla-fighting form quite seriously, and to make us all feel slightly worse about our own bodies, Skarsgård whipped himself into shape in just four months, eating as much as 7,000 calories per day on top of Lygdback’s custom workout plan.
Lygdback’s first job was to build some lean muscle mass to make the former Swedish anti-terror soldier look the part in the new incarnation of the legendary literary figure.