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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Hollywood Physique Transformations - The Over 35 Crowd

Due to the overwhelming response from my first Hollywood Muscle article, I've decided to continue with the Hollywood Muscle series.

I received quite a few comments, but one comment really stood out. One person brought up a number of Hollywood Stars who have built impressive physiques. Previously, I mainly focused on rapid transformations for movie rolls. In this article, we'll take a look at a few actors and celebrities who have transformed their physiques, albeit at a slightly slower pace.

More importantly and unlike some of the "young gun actors," many of these actors and celebrities have maintained a high level of fitness over the years. So here we go with yet another Hollywood Muscle list... IMPORTANT NOTE: This article contains "before and after" pictures. To view this article with the pictures, simply click on the link at the end of this article.

Honorable Mention: Kevin Eubanks

Years ago, I used to watch the tonight show with Jay Leno on a r! egular basis. Jay's band leader is Kevin Eubanks. For whatever reason, I stopped watching the show for a while. And when I tuned back in... I discovered that Kevin Eubanks had packed on some serious muscle. As an additional note of interest, Kevin is vegan and apparently built his muscle without eating meat or chicken.

Hollywood Physique Transformation #5: Danny Bonaduce

I'm not really a big fan of this cat (ok, that's putting it mildly. Truth is he gets on my nerves. Plus, if memory serves correct he was openly using steroids. But he did go from the scrawny kid on the Partridge Family to a pretty buff dude. An overall transformation that has attracted some attention... but not my favorite character.

Hollywood Physique Transformation #4: Carrot Top

This next one is just weird. The prop comic Carrot Top went from weird looking and skinny... to weird looking and buff. Again, not one of my favorites (never even thought he was funny in the first place) b! ut another physique transformation that caused a buzz. Let's q! uickly m ove on to...

Hollywood Physique Transformation #3: Chris Knight

Another child star hits the weights. This time, it's Chris Knight, a.k.a Peter Brady. Remember him? He looks different now. I couldn't really find a good picture that accurately demonstrates the transformation he's made (rumors put him at 5% body fat.) He did land a super-model (albeit, a crazy one). So he must be doing something right. How about we very quickly move on?

Hollywood Physique Transformation #2: LL Cool J To be honest, I don't really remember if LL Cool J was every skinny or fat. However, I do know that he's bigger and more ripped than ever: Plus, he's just about 40 years old so that's a big motivator for many 40-somethings. Finally, we've got our...

Number One Hollywood Physique Transformation: Mark Wahlberg This dude has always been known for his six-pack. But he's made a number of physique transformations that warrant giving him the top spot.

First, he lost a large a! mount of weight (rumors indicated about 40lbs) to play Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights. Then he ballooned up for his role in The Pride And The Glory... which was later shelved. Here's what he had to say about getting fat for the role...

"Putting on the weight was fun for the first two weeks but then you have to wake up at 2 in the morning and eat two burgers and go back to bed. And at 7 in the morning - eating a stack of pancakes. You still haven't even swallowed your last meal, and you're having to sit down for another one. So that wasn't fun."

- Mark Wahlberg on the many miseries of having to gain weight for a role (in "Pride and Glory," which was later canceled), in an interview on the Britain's Radio 1.

And then he lost a whopping 42 lbs for his role in The Italian Job and followed up with a number of physique-displaying films such as Invincible and Shooter.

All in all, these Hollywood celebrities should serve as "motivational fuel" for the rest of! us to build bodies worth of the silver screen.

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