In an interview with GQ Hype magazine, James McAvoy talks about his muscle gain in recent years.
Described in the report as now in the shape of a post-workout Pit Bull, with muscles all over his neck, shoulders and thighs, McAvoy revealed that in 2017, at age 38, he had an illness that nearly killed him – not nearly killed by nodular disease, but because a biopsy went wrong and resulted in an infected surgical scar, his lungs atrophied, and he could barely speak when he woke up alone one night in the middle of the night and called 111 for medical help.
The illness gave McAvoy some insight, not that it was a “sudden flash of insight, feeling that ‘every day is precious, I want to live to the fullest'”, but it did make him start to pay more attention to physical function and exercise.
He was in bed for three weeks, and during his recovery period after that, he couldn’t even run on the road for four or five months, but he could lift 160 kg with iron.
And, three weeks after being discharged from the hospital, McAvoy began preparations for Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’, a film in which he had to get in shape because one of his characters, ‘The Beast’, had to take off his clothes a lot.
So McAvoy seamlessly joined the gym under the guidance of fitness trainer Magnus Lygdback and dragged his sick body to practice.
And after the film, his body did not change back, the muscles in the neck and shoulders are still there, and he found that the habit of playing soccer two or three times a week will increase the chances of injury, and may not be able to move for months, so maintain the habit of lifting iron fitness.