Alexander Skarsgard Talks Getting Buff and Stunt Scenes for ‘Legend of Tarzan’

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Biggest bae of 2016 award goes to Tarzan.

Alexander Skarsgård, who stars as the titular, buff character in the highly-anticipated Legend of Tarzan, may have all the finest muscles humanly possible for one body, but that doesn’t exactly mean he was rope swinging like a pro in the movie.

The actor told E! news at SXSW (where his movie War On Everyone premiered) that that was the amazing work of a veteran trapeze artist.

“It didn’t look very good. I’m not very good at that stuff.”

The stunt double, who had over 20 years of experience flying through the air, did most of the “crazy stuff” in the film, Skarsgård said. “I took off and did a little bit of it and then I sat in my chair with my coffee. He did the amazing stuff and then I came back and did the landing.”

As for getting his body into supreme shape to play Tarzan (muscles galore), Skarsgård explained:

I obviously had a very, very good trainer. Basically had him and a nutritionist. I’ve never done anything like this before, this extreme. I was just really nervous. It was a big challenge and I didn’t know how my body would respond to the training and diet.

He explained that his routine included “a lot of chicken cutlets and crunches.” And when it came to that one cheat day…

He was like, ‘Alex, let’s go for lunch,’ and we went to this Italian restaurant in Notting Hill and sat down and he was like, ‘Order what you want.’ I started crying. He was like, ‘Have pasta,’ and I had it and then he was like, ‘Are you still hungry?’ I was like, ‘Yeah!’ He was like, ‘Have a pizza then, have some tiramisu.’ It was the best meal of my life.