It’s one thing when you’re a writer being paid to do a feature or a CEO who can dictate his own hours and schedule; it’s another when you’re working a standard 8-5 in a cubicle with only a 20 to 30 minute break for lunch and an hour’s commute each way.
Those movie stars and models are literally being to work out and eat “clean” – usually at levels that the average joe can never meet.
Now to be a movie star means having visible muscle striations in your pecs and a perfect runner’s girdle pointing at the family jewels. In the hypermasculine ideal that Ed Norton’s character wishes he could be.If you’re going to be a leading man in the hottest movies and TV shows – your Supermen, your Thors, your Arrows, even jacked at all costs. Small wonder that he’s also the representation of what men feel they’re “supposed” to be.Neither are they paying for the meals or the nutritionists, or the trainers or the gym-time; the studios pay for it all, often delivering the food to their stars in order to maintain their workout schedules. is 5’8″ and Tom Cruise is 5’7″ – they just appear taller on camera by the magic of apple boxes and convenient ditches.Jason Momoa was eating 56 chicken breasts a they set foot in front of the camera; getting ready for filming usually involves intense dehydration to make those muscles and veins pop, pushing diuretics and sweating out the last drops in order to get that perfect look. What also goes unmentioned is the secret weapon: testosterone and human-growth-hormone injections.You have to be lean, as lean as possible, because being fat means that you’re lazy and pampered and a is the cinematic ur-example – you don’t get much more alpha than the totally jacked king of the Spartans – but the Internet provides its own real-life swole-models.
Witness the so-called “King of Instagram” (there’s that “alpha” leader title again), Dan Bilzerian.What strikes me about these stories is how they play into a new and pernicious narrative – the new standards for male beauty and how the quest to live up to them has been taking a deadly toll on men.In his article The Rise and Rise of the Spornosexual, writer Max Olesker decided he wanted to explore what he saw as the new trend in young men – predominantly men in their early 20s, but many ranging up to their 50s – to sport bodies reminiscent of modern porn-stars, sports heroes and of course, movie stars.I look like you wanna look, I fuck like you wanna fuck, I am smart, capable, and most importantly, I am free in all the ways that you are not.” Yes, we’re told. The “ideal” female body is a study in contradictions – athletic yet still soft, petite yet still curvy, thin (thigh gap, yo) yet still busty.And – most importantly – it’s supposed to look effortless.In Hollywood, being built has become mandatory – even from people who aren’t typically action stars.