Suicide Squad, the 2016 film, definitely doesn’t have the best reputation. Jared Leto’s ambivalent portrayal of the Joker alone has discredited the film among some fans. Nevertheless, the film remains one of star Will Smith’s biggest hits. The actor plays Floyd Lawton, aka the super-villain Deadshot, in the DC Comics adaptation. But while Smith enjoyed the success of the film, he didn’t love preparing for it.
Now Will Smith is recovering from the “worst shape” of his life
Naturally, Smith’s physical fitness is in the spotlight right now. The actor recently posted a photo of himself on Instagram and announced he was in the “worst shape” of his life. Smith attributes his current state of fitness in part to the pandemic of the coronavirus (COVID-19). But he’s already taking steps to get back on track, a subsequent social media post confirmed.
Indeed, Smith – who has become a social media influencer in recent years – announced that he has teamed up with YouTube for a new series. Details are vague at the moment, but presumably the show will document Smith’s journey back into shape. The actor has put his body through the wringer before, when he bulked up for movies like Ali and, yes, Suicide Squad.
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The actor found his strict diet for the DC movie simply “terrible
According to the actor, he underwent a rigorous training program to shape his body for “Suicide Squad”. The results speak for themselves, as Smith even gained an eight-pack of abs for the project. According to Men’s Journal, the actor’s workout focused mainly on the crunch machine and leg lifts with a pull-up bar. Alongside the workouts, Smith maintained a strict diet.
Although his 3,500-calorie days may sound like a license to eat, the actor had to stick to lean proteins and fresh vegetables. This meant that carbohydrates were not on the menu. Even on Christmas, Smith had to cut back, calling the experience “horrible.” Still, his discipline to maintain his physique – or at least regain it – is admirable.
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Will Smith is not returning for James Gunn’s “Suicide Squad” in 2021.
Ironically, Smith is one of the only standout stars of “Suicide Squad” not returning for the sequel. James Gunn’s 2021 film “The Suicide Squad” is in part a gentle reboot of the original film, with a host of new characters and a slightly different tone. Still, Smith’s former co-stars Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney are back for another adventure.
Instead of Smith’s Deadshot, Idris Elba has been hired to play another character, the villain Bloodsport. Presumably, this decision leaves the door open for Smith to return as Deadshot in subsequent films. This time, he reportedly couldn’t commit due to scheduling conflicts. At the time, Smith was filming King Richard, which hits theaters in the fall of 2021.