29 June, 2016 - NME.com
Actor JK Simmons has discussed the recent photos of him in the gym that went viral online.
Photos of the Whiplash star training went viral, with suggestions that the actor was trying to beef up ahead of his role as Commissioner Gordon in DC Comics' Justice League film, out next year.
Speaking to Business Insider however, Simmons denies this. "This is all coincidental," he said. "After the second and final time that I got hugely fat in my life and when I lost that weight six or seven years ago, I pretty much decided that I was going to stay in decent shape for the rest of my life."
"I'm not going to mess with something that iconic," Simmons added of his upcoming role.
"I just had free time to go to the gym," Simmons continued. "Those [photos] were shot at the end of April. I'm huge now!"
Saturday morning, 61 years old & making the young generation jealous. This is what dedication looks like. #JKSimmons A photo posted by Aaron Williamson (@aaronvwilliamson) on Apr 23, 2016 at 3:06pm PDT
He's making me look bad. #JKSimmons #AintPlayinNoGames A photo posted by Aaron Williamson (@aaronvwilliamson) on Apr 30, 2016 at 10:15am PDT
Every time we train together I forget he's 61 years old. So much respect for this guy. #JKSimmons #OldManCranking (hashtag via @mountaindog1) A photo posted by Aaron Williamson (@aaronvwilliamson) on Jun 2, 2016 at 8:52pm PDT
The trainer working with Simmons and who uploaded the original photos, Aaron Williamson previously told The Hollywood Reporter: "When you look at him in the gym people are literally doing double-takes".
They can’t believe that’s him. He’s doing such a good job of being disciplined and staying dedicated to doing something he hasn’t done before with his physique. He’s ripped. He’s more shredded than I am."
"His goal was to have 'sick arms'," he added.