How Chris Hemworth’s stunt double got into Thor shape
We often read about the transformations celebrities undergo for roles, but what about their stunt doubles? Chris Hemsworth’s stuntman Bobby Holland Hanton spills his workout regime and day on a plate.
Celebrities undergo incredible physical transformations for certain roles, but what we often forget, especially if it’s an action movie, is another person will have to go through a similar change: the actor’s stunt double.
Bobby Holland Hanton steps in for Chris Hemsworth, and the bigger Hemsworth gets, Hanton must as well. He recently told Fitzy and Wippa that he was struggling to keep up with the actor’s gains for Thor: Love and Thunder.
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“Everyone is like, ‘Wow, look at the size and him’, but I’m like yes, brilliant, now I have to put on that size as well,” he said.
“I text him, I’m like, ‘Thanks very much dude, this is going to be even harder this time!”
So, what exactly does Hanton have to do to get in ripping Thor shape? This is apparently his biggest physical transformation, he told Body+Soul, when his natural weight is about 85kg.
“I’m now sitting at 95kg I have put on 10kg of lean muscle mass in eight weeks with body fat sitting around five percent,” he says.
“I’m eating eight to 10 meals a day every two hours, consuming around 4,000 calories per day. I’m training twice and sometimes three times per day.”
He added: “I used to enjoy eating, now it’s a chore. Just get the calories in.”
While he had to isolate for two weeks as part of Australia’s mandatory hotel quarantine, he said he used the Centr Fit app to stay in shape, but once out of quarantine he had just two months to get “into the best shape of my life”.
He’s lifting his heaviest weights, but also incorporating bodyweight circuits and crossfit to stay nimble for his stunts. While Sunday used to be a ‘cheat day’, there’s no room for that in the Thor regime, and now just has one treat meal a week.
“Sunday go-to is pizza and ice cream. Otherwise the rest of the week it’s strict good carbs, high protein, good fats as a rule with all the other good stuff too,” he says, listing six to eight eggs per day, and white fix, tuna, lean lamb, chicken, and steak.