The actor says his weight loss caused «occasional grumpiness.»
Just call him Shaun of the Shred. That’s right, Simon Pegg doesn’t look anything like the nerdy, zombie-killing salesman he played in Shaun of the Dead anymore.
The British comedian underwent a drastic six-month body transformation in preparation to star in a new movie titled Inheritance, and he’s absolutely yoked.
Nick Lowler, Pegg’s personal trainer, shared a shirtless pic of the 49-year-old actor that revealed his rock-hard physique.
«The brief for this role was lean, VERY lean,» Fowler tweeted. «It required a specific body shape & look.»
Pegg retweeted the photo, adding that the process caused «occasional mild grumpiness.» We believe it.
According to Deadline, Inheritance «explores what happens when the patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that threatens to unravel and destroy their lives.»
Pegg recently reprised his role as IMF technician Benji Dunn in the highly acclaimed M:I installment Mission: Impossible — Fallout.
But when he first joined the cast of the franchise in 2006’s Mission Impossible: III, he was «lost, and unhappy, and an alcoholic.»
“When I watch that film back, I can see where I was then, which was fairly lost, and unhappy, and an alcoholic,” he told The Guardian in a recent interview.
“I hid it,” he added. “I’m an actor, so I acted…all the fucking time.”
Pegg got sober while shooting the movie’s 2011 follow-up, Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. He says that eagle-eyed viewers can spot his physical changes throughout the movie.
“We always laugh about it when we watch the movie. Try it! You’ll be like: ‘Fuck, he’s got cheekbones suddenly!’»
He can now add six-pack abs and blasted pecs to that list of impressive features. Still, let’s hope he gets a nice piece of cake or burger once the shooting for Inheritance is over.