Kumail Nanjiani is in a dimly lit weight room in Beverly Hills, the Granite Gym, with electrical cables attached to its back. He grunts his elbows in two cloth sets with the repetition of a modified bib, while his trainer Grant Roberts supplies his back muscles with electric charges.
"Are you ready?" Asks Roberts. "Never," says Nanjiani. Nevertheless, Roberts fires another shock and Nanjianis Lats tremble. Then he makes another representative.
The 41-year-old hopes that all these tensions (okay, just 70 milliamps, but still!) Can accelerate his transformation from comedy actor to action star. Nanjiani made a name for himself by making you laugh in The Big Sick and HBO Silicon Valley and he will do so in Men in Black International this summer do it again. But his next role, which is supposed to be seen in a big comic film, involves a makeover. "I realize these roles keep me from what I look like," he says. "So I change that."
For this purpose, Nanjiani has been trudging to granite five days a week for three months to train with Roberts, a former Mr. Canada: Roberts uses electronic stimulation (E-Stim for coaches) to stimulate the target muscles – and that's a weird sensation, but Nanjiani is fully onboard, absorbing milliamps and grinding repetitions.
It's just a technique from Roberts Nanjiani catapults his client onto the List of action heroes – a big leap for an actor who came to Hollywood after his childhood in Pakistan and college in Iowa Before he met Roberts, Nanjiani an average gymnast was out of the stationary bike for 20 minutes a day now his workouts from the bodybuilder's game book, and his trademark joke has replaced bee n by a thousand-meter-long look.
"When I exercise, I think of n nothing else. It's like meditation. "So perhaps Nanjiani's friends have" practically staged an intervention ". a few months ago to get him out of the gym. The last thing they want is a Nanjiani T-1000 clone that replaces Silicon Valley Dinesh. "Effort is not funny," he says. "Some of my friends said:" A guy who trains constantly has nothing funny. "Nanjiani does not care." "I'm a bit obsessed with it."
Even though he's not connected to any diodes, Nanjiani thinks of the gym, his diet so sparkling that Roberts has to nudge him to commit fraud The goal of the actor: Beat 20 pounds of muscle on his 150-pound frame No joke
But he insists he does not turn his back on the comedy, rather he broadens his acting proposition. "Look Tell Bruce Willis in The Hard "he says," He was very funny while remaining true to the tone of the film. "The lightweight TV became one of the heaviest hitter in Hollywood.  Nanjiani has a similar price in mind. "If I could be a big, playful person with the same attitude I've got now, that would be pretty cool," he says. "There are not many people around.  What makes Nanjiani tick [1 9659013] image ” title = “image” class = “lazyimage lazyload” data-src = “https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg -prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/hlh070119body6am02-1562592234.jpg?resize=480:*”/> [19659005lightboxesHanaAsano
"Pakistani food is delicious, but it contains many carbohydrates: biryani, naan bread, tons of rice. After that, my wife and I will say, 'Let's have a quick nap. & # 39; Hours later. "
His current diet.
"It's basically five days on low carbohydrate, then you eat as much as you want over the weekend but I'm just trying to figure out the food because I did not eat enough. I'm still scared to gain the wrong weight because I'm very vain. "
His best comedy tip …
My favorite comedic actor growing up was Bill Murray. He's the opposite of exertion. He really does not try it. "
His Facial Hair …
" I grew a beard because I needed a crutch to train hard, but now it's going well and me I'll shave it. "