Although he’s known as a gentle giant, he had a rather brutal fight scene in the classic comic book come to life. When he was called on to train earlier than he thought, they got creative with his workouts outside the gym (as ever, a reminder to expand your horizons. Try something new!):
“We weren’t supposed to be starting the movie for another four months and I was going to go to Hawaii to celebrate (being cast). Then I got a call to say we were starting.
“So I went to an airport hangar in Los Angeles and there was a three-ton tractor tire in the middle of the building and they asked me to move it from one side of the building to the other … without rolling it! I asked if they were insane!
“This was my introduction to the new workout theory! Where’s the gym? It was very crazy, a lot of insane techniques to get in shape. I did that every day in LA for a month and a half. I couldn’t walk and I hated it.
“Then I went up to Vancouver and the fight training started and that’s when I started having fun. Somehow in the previous month and a half I had gotten into shape and I was able to move a little bit.
“Fight training was a month of throwing proper punches, really. Punches are much more different in film than they are in the real world. So there was a lot of strictly learning how to fight for the camera. I worked very closely with the stunt double and we did lots of boxing and I did knife training and then I went on to the shooting range and fired guns. I also did a little bit of taekwondo.
“Then once I started to do the choreography, that was when all the fun really started. It was like a dance but it was a violent dance.”