Zachary Levi responds to claims of having fake muscles for the Shazam! movie.
The actor has been spotted in set pics where he appears to be a little more buff than usual, with it thought the costume has some sort of muscle padding underneath.
“Sooo much padding,” Levi posted on Twitter with a “rolling eyes” emjoi along with the hashtags #FakeNews, #FakeMuscles, #FakeWeights, and #FakeChickenAndBroccoli.
Sooo much padding. #FakeNews#FakeMuscles#FakeWeights#FakeChickenAndBroccoli https://t.co/2H8BMRCZOu
— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) March 23, 2018
Men’s Health magazine noticed as well and posted a surprsing(?) click-bait article questioning the truth of Zachary Levi’s claims. The article reads like something out of the National Enquirer and comes off as rather odd.
Levi responded to the article as well.
“Well, it’s a good thing I’m not selling anything then. Also, slow news day?” Levi posted on Twitter with a “woman tipping hand” emoji.
Well, it’s a good thing I’m not selling anything then. Also, slow news day? ttps://t.co/ohEUdnL6pM
— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) March 30, 2018
Regarding Levi and his muscles, it is known he went through an extensive work out for the role, but I’m guessing his costume is enhanced.
I believe Henry Cavill’s Superman costume was enahnced so it would show more definition, but I don’t believe it was using padding as Henry Cavill was shown shirtless and looked pretty buff.
I do think Ben Affleck wore some sort of muscle suit as reportedly the Batman costume was modeled using a bodybuilder.
All in all, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal if Zachary Levi is wearing some sort of padded suit as long as it looks natural enough on screen.
And if I was Levi, I wouldn’t worry too much about what Men’s Health has to say. Any guy that can hold their own weight in the gym knows it’s basically a pretend “fitness” rag (lol). Guess that’s why they’re now doing click-bait and went the tabloid route.
#Shazam, a better look at the full costume pic.twitter.com/FK2wqUYH0W
— Geeks WorldWide (@The_GWW) March 8, 2018
The film has an April 5, 2019 directed by David F. Sandberg also starring Mark Strong in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, Jack Dylan Grazer (“IT”) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (“Annabelle: Creation”); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (TV’s “This is Us”); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (TV’s “Fresh Off the Boat”); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”). Cooper Andrews (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) and Marta Milans (TV’s “Killer Women”) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez, with Ron Cephas Jones (“This is Us”) as the Wizard.
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).