Getting into godlike shape for “Immortals” clearly wasn’t an easy task, but you can’t argue with results. Here, some of the guys from the film talk about what went into bringing perfection to life.
The “joys” of the “Immortals” diet:
Stephen Dorff (Stavros): “The crew would break for lunch and we couldn’t go near it. We would get these little stunt meals in this box and we’d be hungry right afterwards. It was very clean, no carbs. To have no body fat you have to eat ridiculously clean. It’s very boring — no salt, none of the good stuff. So on my day off I would go to McDonald’s, ice cream places and pizza places and eat until the point that I feel sick. Because if you are eating a certain way for a couple of months, your body reacts weird when it gets a quarter-pounder with cheese.
The downside of looking so good:
Stephen Dorff: “The only problem was I had crazy abs that wouldn’t go away. For my next movie, I had to not look like I was in a gym. So it was complicated. I had to learn to stick my stomach out so I could hide my ‘Immortals’ body. Took a while, you have muscle memory when you work out that hard.”
Luke Evans (Zeus):
“I now have a bone that’s raised on my shoulder which I never had before, which is like a scapula or clavicle tear. It’s never gone down. I just have this strange structural skeletal problem now, thanks to ‘Immortals.’”
Letting the training help with the acting:
Luke Evans: “I trained for seven weeks and I had to do it in fast-paced training. It makes you stand differently. You look yourself in the mirror and you look different. I saw my body change in seven weeks. It does definitely do something to inform your character in a sort of subliminal way. It definitely had an effect for me.”
Henry Cavill (Theseus):
“It’s like wearing a permanent costume. Before work when you look in the mirror — or even before looking in the mirror — you do feel different. A part of the character is more expressive in you and so when you’re in that kind of shape, I essentially was wearing my costume because I barely had no costume.”
“The training for ‘Immortals’ was quite intense, because we wear no clothes in the movie so it’s the one film where if you don’t put in the work you’re going to look kind of dumb when you’re older and you rent this puppy. Or one of your kids sees it and says, ‘Daddy, you’re naked in this but why are you fat?’