Hulu’s sports drama series ‘Mike’ revolves around the true story of Mike Tyson, one of the greatest boxers of all time. The series follows Mike’s tumultuous upbringing, his life in prison, his relationship with his trainer Cus D’Amato, the controversies that affected him, and many more. Trevante Rhodes, who is known for his performance in ‘Moonlight’ and ‘Bird Box,’ plays the legendary boxer in the show. The scenes that feature Mike’s athleticism and boxing prowess succeed in enthralling the viewers, making one intrigued about the preparation the actor had to play the character. Well, here’s everything you need to know about the same!
Did Trevante Rhod gain weight to play Mike Tyson’s role?
Yes, Trevante Rhodes did gain weight to portray Mike Tyson. Although Rhodes has not confirmed or disclosed how much weight he gained to play Tyson, it is clear that Rhodes did gain approximately 15 pounds. Rhodes takes his training seriously and has developed a routine over time. Thus, it isn’t a surprise that the actor emerged as the perfect fit for the role. The actor, who is already well-built, has apparently gained weight to be able to play the role.
Rhodes has maintained a strong physique over the years by following a particular routine. “I wake up at 4:30, I meditate, then I go to the gym for a couple of hours, do abs, whatever muscle that is for the day, we jog, and we start our day at eight,” the actor told Men’s Health in 2018. Rhodes sees everything he does as more than a physical experience. “I think everything starts mentally. Everything starts mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Everything is, for me at least, inside out,” he added. It is no wonder that Rhodes described his transformation into Mike as “soul-enriching.”
When asked about his physical transformation to become Mike, Rhodes jokingly said in an interview that he had to “eat more ice cream and do less cardio.” However, it is apparent that Rhodes did much more than that. His preparation for becoming Mike was influenced by intense workouts, training sessions and a particular diet. It’s not the first time that Rhodes had to prepare extensively for a role. In ‘Moonlight,’ Rhodes’ character Chiron is a well-built man, just like Nebraska Williams of ‘The Predator.’
Gaining and losing weight has been integral to today’s acting performances. Modern actors transform their bodies into the characters they portray by making changes to their physiques. By gaining weight and building muscles, Taron Egerton became James “Jimmy” Keene in ‘Black Bird.’ Leonardo DiCaprio used weight gain to transform his charming self into an unglamorous and not-so-health-conscious scientist named Dr. Randall Mindy in ‘Don’t Look Up.’ In the same way, Rhodes succeeded in transforming himself into an American hero, whose physique was celebrated for years throughout the country for an extended period.
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