“Josh Brolin Got Jacked AF For Deadpool 2 And Holy God Yes,” read a BuzzFeed headline this week, after Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds posted a photo of Brolin flexing his biceps.
But as Deadpool 2 obsessives (and Brolin’s Instagram followers) know, the actor — who plays Cable in the forthcoming sequel — hasn’t been shy about the physical transformation he’s undergone for the part. Brolin frequently posts videos and photos of his workout routines to social media and has an activewear line, Prevail.
“Josh sent me a few photos of Cable that he liked,” Brolin’s trainer, Justin Lovato, told Men’s Journal earlier this year. “I mean, the character is all arms and has a huge upper body. I knew it was going to be a lot of work, but I also knew how to help him get it done. Josh came ready to put in the work. For six weeks straight we were getting into the gym for at least three hours a day.”
According to Reynolds, the workouts have paid dividends. “I’ve spent this last week on the business end of many Josh Brolin punches — both verbal and physical and literal — and it’s going to be pretty fantastic,” Reynolds told Fandango earlier this month. “He’s going to be epic.”
Indeed. Just look at these photos (and videos).
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Prevail Activewear. @prevailactivewear. An apparel which induces total insanity, enables you to talk in tongues, and uber-familiarizes you with your package. Our goal is to live in the gym, never leave, consume only from shaker bottles, and pose in front of a myriad of mirrors until we melt from narcissism gigantica. Our hope is that we sell everything so we'll be left with nothing to wear. #helpusreachourgoal #forthekids #insanitypreferred #cableswole #prevailactivewear #weprevail #AUG1STLAUNCH @kathrynbrolin @midheavendenim
PREVAIL ACTIVEWEAR! AUGUST 1st, 2017!!!@prevailactivewear Proceeds going to @ebmrf and @stjude . Limited Edition #CABLESWOLE men's and women's and children's tees, tanks, hoodies and hats. It's giving back time and these are two incredible charities that walk their talk. Be part of a community that works together, for each other, and help fight divisiveness. #forthechildren #lookingoutforeachother @iambuilt
Honored to have my great swole mentor @davebautista nominate this Cabled/Thanosian appendage that I'm camouflaging myself from for #flex4forces in turn honoring our armed forces and @theuso. I nominate fellow arm brethren @markwahlberg to reveal those notorious guns for the men and women of our military and my wife @kathrynbrolin who is my personal military gym rat ninja weapon. @weprevail
One day I very well might have to pull a superhero head off (or two) so rack pulls help work the upper muscles needed to pop them off alleviating stress on the lower back region. #cablesmarts #cablemeditationsfortheday #cableswole @prevailactivewear #ivebeencabled @goldsgym #dogtown 🎥 by @kathrynbrolin
Quietly, the "Team" is killing it. It takes a small village: @justindlovato at @iambuilt, Jonathon Phillips @hbmaxmuscle, @goldsgym and some discipline. Just saw @davebautista at the gym and he said: "What the f*ck happened to you?!" Haha. Best compliment ever. Totally clean: no sugar, no breads, no pastas, no drugs, none of it. Fish, rice, eggs, veggies, water, one @bulletproof or @cavemancoffeeco in the morning. I'm almost 50. It's a different time: our access along with some big picture discipline results in always surprising milestones. Get on the train. #wedontfuckaround. #itaintthathard #startslowandlight @weprevail #ryanreynoldsismybitch
Drop sets to the point where you can't even lift the weight of your own arms. @justindlovato is my friend…usually, but when he pushes me close to tears, I know, deep inside, that he actually wants to play Cable even more than I do. #friendswhotortureotherfriends #FuckingBrolin #fuckingcable #ryanreynoldsismybitch @iambuilt @goldsgym #100%clean
Sit inside the muscle, grow it, Imagine it germinating into its conclusive state. Then turn around and kick the fucker who keeps trying to hold your shoulders down. 😜 @justindlovato @stephjlovato #GROW #thanos #thehulkaintshit @iambuilt @xptlife #deadpool#aintnobird #keepthemguessing 🔪Video by @kathrynbrolin
Deadpool 2 is out next summer.