[Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect McAvoy's statement on Monday that his daily calorie intake while training "was meant as a joke," and that he did so for the movie Split, not Glass. McAvoy clarified that he did not count "a single calorie" while training for the film, and that he'd "be gutted if they laboured under bad advice or worse yet seriously harmed their health."]
You’ve never seen Professor X quite like this.
Known more for his lean frame and prestige movie roles (including his turn as Professor X in the recent X-Men films), actor James McAvoy raised some eyebrows recently after gaining some size for his new superhero/horror film Glass.
McAvoy once again returns as Kevin Wendell Crumb—a man suffering from dissociative identity disorder—in the sequel to M. Night Shyamalan’s 2016’s surprise hit Split. The first movie told the story of the character, who has 24 different personalities, including a superhuman one nicknamed “The Beast”—hence McAvoy's jacked physique.
For the original film Split, McAvoy went all-in with his preparation.
“Instead of eating two eggs in the morning, I’d eat eight,” McAvoy said to Mr. Porter while promoting the first movie Split. “Then a snack of chicken breast. Then two chicken breasts for lunch, and then a steak for another snack. Then two salmon steaks for dinner.”
[Spoiler alert for those of you who haven't yet seen Split]
In Glass, the third movie in Shyamalan's trilogy, McAvoy’s Crumb will go head-to-head to with Bruce Willis’ David Dunn, the hero of Shyamalan’s 2000 superhero film Unbreakable. Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Elijah Price / Mr. Glass, the man pulling the strings behind the scenes.
Here’s a look at McAvoy’s new, jacked physique.
Glass is set for release on Jan. 18, 2019.
McAvoy will be reprising his role as Professor X in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will be released on Nov. 2, 2018.
Split became one of the biggest hits of 2016. The film was made on a $9 million budget, and grossed $278.3 million worldwide.
SPOILER ALERT for Split.
Until the final scene of Split, no one knew that the film was part of the same universe as 2000's Unbreakable, which starred Bruce Willis as David Dunn, a regular man who learns he has superhuman strength, stamina, invulnerability, and extrasensory powers. The series' third film, Glass, will find Willis' character chasing down McAvoy's villain following the events in Split.
“On Wanted [the 2007 film] I didn’t go out a lot,” McAvoy said. “I was on set 12, 13 hours a day, and I was in every scene, so it was different. With Split, I had less time to get it done, and I did it in a different way. I googled ‘good way to put on muscle quick,’ just went into a gym and did it myself: a powerlifting routine called 5x5. You do five different exercises four or five times a week, and they’re huge, big exercises. Pick something up and do that, then put something on your back, sit down and stand up. It’s super-simple, but it works every muscle."