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Alexander Skarsgard Ate 7,000 Calories a Day to Get His Insane ‘Tarzan’ Abs

That’s dedication! Alexander Skarsgård has revealed he had to eat a whopping 7,000 calories a day to make sure he had enough muscle for his awesome Legend of Tarzan body. 

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The 39-year-old star has a veritable eight-pack in promotional pictures for his forthcoming movie. But talking to Mr. Porter’s The Journal, the loincloth-wearing star revealed bulking up for the role took some doing.

Alexander Skarsgard ate 7,000 calories a day to bulk up for Tarzan
Alexander Skarsgård ate 7,000 calories a day to bulk up for ‘Tarzan.’

The blond-haired hunk reveals he spent three months laying down weight, and gained 25 pounds by eating “an insane” amount of calories (three times his usual intake) and lifting heavy weights.

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Then, once he got to London to actually start filming, the Swedish actor embarked “on a very strict sugar-, gluten-, wheat-, dairy- and alcohol-free diet of six smaller meals per day alongside his twice-daily training sessions,” Mr. Porter’s The Journal writes.

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Alexander Skarsgård’s amazing eight pack.

Alex picked his own trainer, his friend Magnus Lygdbäck, to assist with the transformation, rather than use one of the studio’s go-to people. “When you have to see the same person every morning at 4:30 a.m., it’s important you get on well with them,” he said.

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