Craig had something to prove when he became the sixth actor to portray James Bond, in Casino Royale, and he proved it handsomely. "I won’t play Bond forever," he has said. "But I’d like to think I’ve added something to the lineage of how the man has changed." Mission accomplished.
Doesn’t it seem like McConaughey spends more public time with his shirt off than on? The outdoor enthusiast has a zen take on fitness and once explained it as, "Sometimes you can get the body in shape, and the head ain’t in great shape. It’s real nice if you can coordinate ‘em."
McHale bared his bod to comic effect in a billiards sequence in Community. The actor later revealed that he had to shave down before shooting. "I had lots of unwanted hair I never knew I had," he said. "I went on the ‘you’re going to be naked in two weeks’ diet."
The actor’s set to show his impressive pecs in summer’s Prince of Persia. Of his movie-prep workout, he has said, "Shampooing and conditioning. Not the 2-in-1. Shampoo and Conditioner; vigorously rubbing, rinse and repeat, biceps, triceps, physique!" Translation? Cardio and power circuit training.
As the last remaining human (possibly) on Earth in I Am Legend, Smith kept fit to fight off a horde of ravenous zombies. Viewers feasted their eyes. "If you run thirty miles a week and do five miles six days a week, your body will look like whatever you want it to look like," Smith has said.
He won gold medals galore for his swimming prowess, but Phelps is almost equally notable for his long and lean physique. According to one body breakdown, he’s 6’4" but has the torso of a 6’8" man, the legs of a 5’10" man, and double-jointed ankles.
This Australian star of The Mentalist grew up surfing and playing water polo. He recently optioned the novel Breath, with an eye toward playing a wacky surfing instructor who helps two Aussie teenagers hang 20.
The rapper, whose first studio album, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, was a huge hit, is reportedly getting some of his tattoos removed in order to help his acting career. All the better to see his rock-solid muscles.
Thunder from Down Under takes on a new meaning when looking at this multiplex superhero. "This is a little embarrassing but I’m a little more of a wuss than my character," Jackman has said of working out to play Wolverine. "There’s a moment in your training when you just want to give up. But I used to imagine that I was really Wolverine and somehow my trainer got two or three more reps out of me."