The internet went crazy a couple of weeks ago when photos of J.K. Simmons working out inside a gym went viral. And these weren’t your typical gym photos, Simmons was a green filter away from becoming The Hulk.
Most people assumed he was hitting the gym hard for his upcoming role as Commissioner Jim Gordon in Zack Snyder’s Justice League film. The thinking was that he probably had a few action scenes in the movie, so he wanted to make sure he was in the best shape of his life.
But the truth is, Simmons is not working out for a specific role. He’s simply working out because he wants to be healthy. During an interview with Business Insider, the 61-year-old actor admitted he made a promise to himself several years ago that he would stay in “decent” shape for the rest of his life.
This promise coming after he noticed how soft he looked during the HBO drama, Oz.
“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 even then, he had trouble hanging with the gym rats. His weight continued to go up and down until 2009. That’s when he started to work with hardcore fitness trainers, and he hasn’t looked back since.
If you’d like to watch Simmons’ “decent” body in action, check out Justice League when it hits theaters November 17, 2017.