Jonathan Majors Ate 6,000 Calories Daily for Bodybuilding Film

  • Jonathan Majors spoke to Variety at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday.
  • Majors ate 6,100 calories per day for four months while training for “Magazine Dreams.”
  • “I would train two hours, two times a day for the movie and a third time after wrap,” Majors said.

Jonathan Majors said he ate more than 6,000 calories a day – including “lots of elk” – while training for the upcoming bodybuilding film, “Magazine Dreams.”

Majors shared details about bulking up for the role during a conversation with Variety at the Sundance Film Festival published Saturday. According to IMDb, “Magazine Dreams” follows a Black amateur bodybuilder who “struggles to find human connection in this exploration of celebrity and violence.”

Jonathan Majors at the 2022 Gotham Awards on November 28, 2022.

Jonathan Majors said he ate six times a day while training for his upcoming film.

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“I’m 6 feet tall. I’m 202 pounds,” Majors, 33, told the outler. “In order to sustain that and to grow that you have to eat as much protein that you weigh. I ate 6,100 calories a day for about four months. That included the pre-work and the post-work of ‘Creed III.'”

Majors added that bodybuilders typically work out twice a day, but he averaged around three training sessions a day.

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“I’m playing Killian Maddox… Playing him you don’t fuck around,” Majors told the outlet. “What ended up happening is I would train two hours, two times a day for the movie and a third time after wrap. Meanwhile, you eat six times a day. Lots of chicken. Lots of elk. That’s just for me. I like Item.”

Despite bulking up for the physically demanding roles, Majors added that his current regimen isn’t as extreme.

Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors looking at each other inside a boxing ring

Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors in “Creed III.”

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“I played football in Texas. I got an appetite. I really like being physical. I like hiking and running. I’ve got dogs,” Majors told Variety. “I’m only 33… I got to do something to stay with it. I don’t work out three times a day anymore. Just once a day.”

During a separate April 2022 interview with the outlet, Majors got candid about the hands-on aspect of filming “Creed III.”

“I got punched in the face about 100 times, but it’s all OK!” Majors said. He added that he spent more than a year training in preparation for the film, which also stars Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson.

“Creed III” hits theaters on March 3.

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