Extreme Lengths James McAvoy Went To To Get Hench For Split Sequel

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The third instalment of M. Night Shyamalan’s subversive superhero trilogy cracks into cinemas early next year, and if you hadn’t noticed, James McAvoy has bulked up considerably for his role.

Following on from the events of Unbreakable and Split, the new film – Glass – will see the indestructible David Dunn, played by Bruce Willis, try to take down Kevin Wendell Crumb’s new super-powered personality The Beast, played by McAvoy.

The pair soon discover, however, that Elijah Price, played by the marvellous Samuel L. Jackson, better known as the ‘supervillain’ Mr Glass, may have secrets ‘critical to both men’.

Check out the trailer here:

Aside from the conclusion of the saga, though, many fans are intrigued by McAvoy’s transformation into the role of The Beast, and how he cultivated mass to get hench for the new film.

While shooting the film last year, the actor set the record straight via an Instagram post, which detailed his work out regime and food intake that allowed him to bulk up.

He wrote:

Seeing a lot of articles saying that I ate 6000 calories a day to get bigger and leaner. Just to set the record straight incase anyone decides to give this a go. I have never done this.

The truth is that this time around I gained more muscle weight and got leaner by not counting a single calorie.

We counted macros…I think probably a healthier way of tracking intake. I’m sure most people would never dream of copying the advice of some article/s on the internet about some actor but I know some would and id be gutted if they laboured under bad advice or worse yet seriously harmed their health.

Speaking to Mr Porter, McAvoy revealed how he needed to bulk up fast for his previous role in Split, saying:

With Split, I had less time to get it done, and I did it in a different way. I googled ‘good way to put on muscle quick’, just went into a gym and did it myself: a power-lifting routine called 5×5.

You do five different exercises four or five times a week, and they’re huge, big exercises. Pick something up and do that, then put something on your back, sit down and stand up.

It’s super-simple, but it works every muscle.

And the food to go along with it? He said:

Instead of eating two eggs in the morning, I’d eat eight. Then a snack of chicken breast. Then two chicken breasts for lunch, and then a steak for another snack. Then two salmon steaks for dinner.

So, in a relatively short space of time I got relatively bigger.

Split was released in 2016, the psychological thriller saw McAvoy play a character with multiple personalities, which tied into 2000’s Unbreakable.

Glass, the next instalment in the series which has been called the ‘Eastrail 177 Trilogy’ (in reference to the train accident in the first film) will bring the three men together for a final showdown.

Glass cracks its way into cinemas on January 18, 2019.

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Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.