J.K. Simmons Finally Reveals Why He’s Suddenly So Ripped Now And It’s Not For The Reason We Think

Earlier this month we were shocked to see just how shredded 61-year-old actor J.K. Simmons was these days.

Most people assumed he was preparing for his upcoming role in the Justice League movie. Turns out that wasn’t the case at all, according to Simmons.

“This is all coincidental,” Simmons, who’s doing press for the Blu-ray release of “Kung Fu Panda 3,” in which he voices the villain, Kai, told Business Insider. “After the second and final time that I got hugely fat in my life and when I lost that weight six or seven years ago, I pretty much decided that I was going to stay in decent shape for the rest of my life.”

He also said that when he plays Commissioner Gordon in the Justice League movie he won’t be looking like a second Batman, “I’m not going to mess with something that iconic.

Simmons says that working out has just been part of his lifestyle since he noticed himself gaining weight back in 1997 while working on the HBO series Oz.

“I was not in good shape at all. I was overweight and soft and here I am playing the head of the Aryan Brotherhood in this maximum-security prison in the first-ever HBO original drama and I was watching the first season when it came out and I just thought, ‘Wow, I don’t believe this guy at all. I have to get my a– to the gym and be a believable hard-a–.'”

But it was again in 2009 when he again ballooned up to 250 pounds that he delved back into a trying to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

“I’ve gone back and forth with fine-tuning the kind of conditioning I’m doing,” Simmons said. “Sometimes trying to shed weight and getting leaner and sometimes trying to pack on a little more muscle.”

Simmons also says that the photos that went viral were shot a couple of months ago, but you should see him now, “Those were shot at the end of April. I’m huge now!”

Oh yeah, the guy who is training him?

No wonder J.K. Simmons is so swole now.

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[Business Insider]