Simon Pegg sent the internet into a major frenzy earlier this year when his personal trainer shared a shot of his incredible progress ahead of his new indie film Inheritance. “Simon Pegg 6 month body transformation for #InheritanceMovie,” he wrote alongside the image, which showed a much slimmer Simon posing shirtless. “The brief for this role was lean, VERY lean. It required a specific body shape & look,” his PT added. Sharing the post, Simon joked: “Also occasional mild grumpiness…” However, Simon’s new frame sparked mixed reviews from fans, which the actor didn’t see coming.
Speaking in an interview with GQ Hype, he said: “The response from that picture was so weird. Some people said, ‘You look ill,’ which is what my wife thought.
“Others were saying, ‘Well done’. And the thing is, it wasn’t meant to be an aspirational thing. It was a snapshot that my trainer took and I really didn’t expect the furore that followed.
He added: “All I can think of is that people still think of me as the schlubby guy from Shaun Of The Dead.”
The actor revealed he’d managed to lose 19lbs, which is just over a stone, as he prepared for the independent thriller, which also stars Lily Collins and Chace Crawford.
So how did he do it?
Simon followed in the the footsteps of movie stars who have drastically changed their body for movie roles.
Renee Zellweger put on 30 pounds to play Bridget Jones and Christian Bale famously lost 62 pounds for his role in The Machinist.
“Nick and I developed this plan to give me that body shape and it was a lot of work. I trained for three months with only one day off a week,” he explained.
He added: “It was a really interesting experience and because the film was delayed a bit I doubled down on the training, so by the time I got to Alabama to shoot it I looked like… Well, seemingly everyone has seen it.
“But the aftermath of that has almost been more tricky than actually training for it, because you release so many endorphins every day that when you stop what you get is an endorphin deficit and that makes you feel a little bit down.”
According to the actor his Mission Impossible co-star Tom Cruise was a big fan of his new look, nicknaming him “eight-pack Peggles” – thanks to his lean torso.
Last week, the 59-year-old threw his annual summer party for his record label Syco, and has he arrived at the Victoria and Albert Museum where the event was being held, fans couldn’t help noticing how much weight he’d lost.
It comes after the dad-of-one decided to go vegan.