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This Is How Alexander Skarsgard Got Totally Ripped For The Northman

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Thanks to a report by Collider, we’ve got an in-depth look at how trainer Magnus Lygdback got Alexander Skarsgård in shape for “The Northman.” It sounds as though Lygdback followed a classic regimen with some of his own wisdom and preferences mixed in. First was the bulking period, during which Skarsgård ate lots of food to build as much muscle mass as possible. Lygdback revealed, “Alex loves to eat so ask him and he’ll tell you, that’s his favorite cycle.” After that came cutting, which saw Skarsgård training to keep the newly gained muscle while shredding excess fat. This is one area where it sounds like Lygdback made some changes to accommodate Skarsgård’s specific needs for “The Northman.” As the trainer explained,  “Normally, I do eight to ten weeks, but we didn’t want Alex to be too shredded. He’s shredded enough, right? And we wanted him to look a little thicker.” And finally, Lygdback worked with the actor to keep his body in peak-physical performance throughout the movie to avoid the possibility of injuries while filming the action-heavy sequences. 

While movie star training programs are often associated with mounds of unseasoned chicken or other such bulking foods, Lygdback says training for “The Northman” allowed Skarsgård to eat more or less what he wanted. As he put it, “We allowed Alex to have a glass of wine on Saturdays and eat food that he likes to eat.” However, that doesn’t mean food was unimportant. Lygdback instructed Skarsgård to eat five meals per day, and he also personally designed Skarsgård’s menus, making sure the actor finished his plate. Said the trainer, “If that means you need to stand over and tell him to finish, that’s what’s gonna happen.”

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Katey Sagal is a Country Music Legend with a Sinister Side in Torn Hearts

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Days ahead of the release of Torn Hearts On Digital, Blumhouse Television and EPIX have released a new sneak peek clip. In the film, Katey Sagal (Married …with Children, Sons of Anarchy, The Conners) stars as a famous country music legend now living life as a recluse. Meanwhile, two rising stars who pay the singer a visit with the hopes of mentorship get far more than they had bargained for. You can watch the new clip below.

Brea Grant directs Torn Hearts with a script by Rachel Koller Croft. Along with Sagal, the film stars Abby Quinn and Alexxis Lemire with Joshua Leonard and Shiloh Fernandez also featured. Executive producers include Jason Blum, Chris McCumber, and Jeremy Gold for Blumhouse, along with John Ierardi. You can read the official synopsis for the movie below.

Related: Katey Sagal Is Recovering After Being Hit by Car in L.A.

At its core, Torn Hearts explores the lengths two people are willing to go to achieve their dreams. Perhaps another lesson that could be learned from the film is the old phrase, “Never meet your heroes.” As the characters in the film just might discover, perhaps the price of fame is not really worth it in the end.

“It was a lot about how far you’ll go to get famous,” Katey Sagal recently described of the Torn Hearts plot, per The List. “How much of your moral compass will you leave behind? And some of that dog-eat-dog style of getting what you want is sort of set up by a boys’ club. So, it’s kind of the misfortune that women have to struggle even a little bit harder.”

“[In the movie], what you see is, first of all, my character, who has been through the fame machine and now has a dark secret,” Sagal goes on to explain. “[She] has lost [fame], and doesn’t know how to function without it. She’s [struggling] because she’s not famous anymore, and she’s hiding. And then you see the two girls coming in and what they’ll rationalize to themselves is okay in the name of possible fame. It’s a big lesson in what we’ll do when we’re afraid.”

Torn Hearts is available On Digital on May 20, 2022.

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15 Best Jennifer Aniston Movies On Rotten Tomatoes Ranked By Watchability

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“Cake” is a look at one of the most uncomfortable realities of human frailty: chronic pain. After starring in the 2014 drama, Aniston garnered rave reviews and awards season buzz for her portrayal of Claire, a woman still struggling with chronic pain a year after a car accident that tragically killed her son. Thoroughly de-glamourized, Aniston puts in a performance of morose, cynical detachment that’s as “against type” as she’s ever been. Claire is exhausted and harsh but has the echoes of vulnerability and warmth buried deep beneath those sharp surfaces.

Aniston trades her trademark screwball energy for something measured, simmering, and powerful. She plays wonderfully against a stacked cast that includes Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Chris Messina, and Anna Kendrick. Exploring grief, addiction, and trauma, “Cake” is inarguably one of Aniston’s best movies, but it’s also one of the hardest ones to watch. 

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