It has been four years since Adam Scott entered the public eye, and he hasn’t looked back since. His role as Scott the Rooster in the movie The Big Year made him a household name, and ever since then he’s been working hard to prove that he’s more than just a pretty face.
It seems like only yesterday that we were all meeting the charming actor for the very first time, and since then he’s become a regular fixture at red carpet events, gracing the covers of magazines, and filling our Instagram feeds with glamorous pictures.
But what has his latest appearance in the movie adaptation of The Predator meant for his personal life? Have his fans helped him to shed some of those extra pounds around his middle that he was carrying when he first rose to fame? Or has working on the set of the highly anticipated film given him the opportunity to eat whatever he wants, and thus far it’s looking like the latter.
The Big Year was a moderate success at the box office, earning over $85 million worldwide, but it was Adam’s portrayal of Scott, a cocky and charismatic poultry farmer, that truly stamped his presence on our hearts and minds. And now, with his return as a featured player in The Predator, the world will get a chance to see if that was just a fluke or if this is the real deal: is Adam really doing all those chiseled bodies on camera for real?
For those who have followed Adam’s journey from the beginning, his devotion to health and fitness should come as no surprise. While it was his acting skills that first got us hooked, it’s his seemingly natural affinity for working out that keeps us coming back for more. He’s proven time and time again that he’s got what it takes to be in top physical condition, and he’s not afraid to show it off.
Whether it’s gracing the cover of Men’s Health magazine four years ago or his recent Instagram post of him working out with his shirt off, there’s no mistaking that Adam is dedicated to staying fit.
More Than Just Looks
It’s clear that Adam, at least at this point in his career, is more than just a pretty face. While he may be best known for his acting talent, it’s also become apparent that his acting ability is only a small part of a much larger package. Adam has a way of connecting with his audience, be it through comedy or drama, that transcends mere acting and touches on something much more universal. And it’s that unique ability that may have helped him to rise to fame in the first place.
When you combine that with his undeniable good looks and charm, it’s easy to see how Adam has been so successful as an actor. But while his talent may have gained him fame, it’s his health and fitness that’s kept us coming back for more. His dedication to staying fit and trim has allowed him to remain youthful and attractive, and it seems that his fans have taken notice.
According to recent interviews, Adam has stated that working out has been a lifelong passion, and it’s finally paying off. In an interview with Mental Floss, he remarked: “I’ve always been really dedicated to my health and fitness. Even when I was little, I would go to the gym with my dad and do his breathing exercises with him. He passed away when I was 16, but he always taught me that you never stop learning, so I’ve just kept doing my own thing. I’ve never really cared about what people think about me, so I’ve just been really open about it. I’ve always wanted to be the best version of myself, so I work hard at staying fit and looking fit.”
He’s not the only one who believes that working out is more than just a way to look great on screen. In an interview with Men’s Health, director Ridley Scott remarked: “We’ve all seen his movies. He works out before every single one of them, and he stays in fantastic shape. So, for me, it was all about the research. I wanted to know how he does it.”
It’s not just that Adam works out before every single one of his films. It’s that he works out regardless of whether he’s got a film scheduled or not. Even now that The Predator is out, Adam has been showing up to his daily workouts, and one of our photoshoots with him even took place a few days after he finished working on the set of the movie. So it would seem that Adam isn’t just doing this for our entertainment, he’s doing it because it’s something he feels passionate about, and it shows.
We’ve been eagerly awaiting Adam’s return as The Predator ever since word got out that he would be joining the highly-anticipated film. It seems that the wait was worth it, as the actor has proven to be as good, if not better, than we anticipated, and the film itself is looking like a triumph.
The movie itself follows a group of mercenaries, led by the ruthless Norman Reedus (Dacre Montgomery), who travel to Africa to kill a family of Predators, where they engage in brutal bouts of hand-to-hand combat in order to survive. It’s here that they come across an abandoned baby that belongs to one of the Predators, and it’s up to Adam’s character, Owen, to protect the child from the other mercenaries. The story follows a similar premise to the famous Jeeves comedy The Mummy’s Curse, but with a few more twists and turns of course.
While working on the film was no doubt challenging, particularly since he was shooting action scenes and had to learn to handle a sword, Adam has proven to be up to the task. And it’s not just because he’s an experienced martial artist, having trained in the Meisner Technique, either (believed to be the method that Steve McQueen employed when he was making his Bullitt Mustang, among other things).
According to the film’s costume designer, Christian Meier, working on The Predator has been a real education. “He’s been very open to trying new things,” Meier told Elle magazine. “While most of the actors I work with stay within the same stylistic blocks, Adam has been a real inspiration, constantly coming up with new ideas. He’s definitely the king of multitasking; while he’s been shooting the movie, he’s also been working out and preparing for his upcoming projects.”
It’s clear that working on The Predator, at least so far, has been a real joy for the costume designer. While the majority of Adam’s wardrobe for the film was designed by Meier, it was Adam’s own hard work that helped to make him look the part. “He wanted to make sure that he looked like a real-life badass, an action hero, and that’s what I worked hard to achieve,” Meier said. “We wanted to make him look like an unstoppable force, a six-foot-eight, 300-pound gorilla who could crush everyone around him.”
The costume designer went on to admit that designing the clothes for a big, strong man like Adam was not an easy task. “Normally I’d work with someone of a more typical build, like Ryan Reynolds or Dacre Montgomery, to establish body proportions so that I can work from there,” she said. “But with Adam, it was different. I wanted to make sure that each outfit complimented his muscular frame and toned his physique. It’s been an education and I’m so glad that I got to work with someone with such big shoes to fill.”
While we were fortunate enough to get to hear from Meier and Scott about the experience, it wasn’t until recently that we got our first full look at the actor as he is now. This past August, Ridley Scott released a video in which he gives us a full tour of the film’s sets, showing us the fruits of all their labors, and it’s here that we get our first good looks at Adam in his ‘pre-production’ workouts. It seems that Scott, along with director of photography Ben Richardson, have been keeping busy since filming wrapped up in July.
In the video, the two men show us how they utilized the help of a small army of trainers, personal assistants, and nutritionists to keep Adam in top shape for the movie. Even now that the final product is out, they continue to keep busy, with Scott even posting recent Instagram pictures of him working out on the set of the movie. So it seems that, much like his good friend and on-screen colleague Woody Allen, Adam is doing his best to keep working even after his Hollywood career took off. At least we have the fitness-focused Instagram account to keep us motivated.
It’s been a while since we’ve been this excited about an actor. While we were initially skeptical about Adam’s ability to live up to the high standards set by the legendary Arnold Schwarzenegger, it appears that he’s more than up to the task.