‘Magic Mike’ Star Alex Pettyfer Gained 27 Pounds for His Stripper Role

Alex Pettyfer went a little overboard to get his rock hard bod ready for Magic Mike, revealing he gained 27lbs while training for the stripper role.

The actor, 22, told Men’s Health UK that after being asked to “put on a bit of weight” for the film, he hit the gym for weeks, admitting: “I started off at 169 lbs. and went up to 196 lbs. They told me I was too big, so in the end I had to take it back down to 185 lbs.”

“It was hard, particularly at the start, and I still remember not wanting to be in the gym. That’s why I don’t want to train at the moment.”

Pettyfer may love showing off his stripper moves on camera, but now he’s ready to get behind the camera.

The British actor — who is currently engaged to Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, Riley Keough, 23 — is focused on furthering his film career.

“I’m very ambitious. I live in reality but I have dreams I want to fulfill,” he said.

“I want to be a director, and I’ve already started my own production company. But I also have a measure of success that I keep to myself. It’s something very personal to me.”

See Pettyfer in Magic Mike, currently in theaters. Plus, see Celebuzz’s footage from the red carpet in the video, below.