The Rock Was All Muscle, No Padding for ‘Black Adam’

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is no stranger to bulking up for a role. In the case of Black Adam, however, he decided he wanted to be in the best physical shape he’d ever been in, “and that includes my years as a football player and as a pro wrestler.” In the Men's Health cover story for December, The Rock gave us insight into his training for Black Adam.

To prepare for his superhero debut, The Rock not only had to put on as much muscle as he could, but he also had to maintain his physique for months while he filmed Black Adam. Along with his longtime trainer Dave Rienzi, The Rock had to pay close attention to his workouts, and what he ate–even more than usual. “Man, it was constant work, constant tweaking, tweaking, tweaking for months,” he says.

Of course, he didn’t have to get super jacked for the role of Black Adam, but The Rock decided he wanted to do things differently (but no shade to his friends who do use muscle pads). “When you have that suit on, every detail shows,” he says.

Fifteen years after he first began to discuss bringing Black Adam to the screen, all his hard work has finally paid off. And now The Rock has “the opportunity to disrupt the superhero genre.” With a violent, no nonsense guy like Black Adam, audiences are bound to wonder: “is he a superhero, an antihero, or just a bad dude?” You’ll have to watch to find out.

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