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Alexander Skarsgard filled up on home cooking after Tarzan wrapped

Published 04/07/2016

Alexander Skarsgard
Alexander Skarsgard

Alexander Skarsgard has given the chef on The Legend of Tarzan credit for the meals he prepared during filming.

Alexander Skarsgard swapped Hollywood restaurants for home cooked food after Tarzan finished filming.

The Swedish actor has become a big star around the globe thanks to his role in True Blood, and his fame is set to soar even higher now The Legend of Tarzan has started hitting theatres. To get his body ready to play buffed up jungle dweller Tarzan, Alexander had to put some serious time in at the gym, and also completely overhauled his diet. Comparing his intense exercise regime to his strict diet, the 39-year-old admits one was much harder to stomach.

“The diet — horrible!” he shuddered to America’s Us Weekly magazine. “I’ve got to give credit to Guy, our chef. He had his hands tied — like, no sugar, no dairy. It was very strict. When we wrapped, I got in my car and went straight to my dad’s. He loves to cook, so I spent four days on his couch being fed. It was the most incredible week: bone marrow, fried mozzarella, pasta, red wine. I was like, ‘Ahhh’.”

To help combat the harshness of his diet during filming, Alexander would live vicariously through his co-star Margot Robbie, and get her to describe her weekend meals when they started shooting on Monday morning.

"I remember the day that he was allowed an apple, and he kissed the apple," the actress added to EW. "It hit me how deprived you are if you're that excited to see a piece of fruit."

After stripping his meals back, Alexander had to work hard to make sure his muscles were ripped enough to play Tarzan. Instead of aiming for a body builder physique the actor's goal was to keep the character looking athletic and agile.

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