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John Krasinski: 'My wife hates my ripped body'

John Krasinski couldn't do a pull-up before he started training for his latest movie.

Actor John Krasinski may have transformed into a beef cake for his new film, but he jokes wife Emily Blunt wants "the doughy guy back".

The 36-year-old shed 21 per cent of his total body fat in four months as he trained to play a Navy SEAL in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and while his transformation recently landed him the cover of Men's Health, his spouse is a little upset at the loss of her cuddlier companion.

"She hates it," John joked on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday (05Jan16). "She would way prefer to have doughy guy back!"

For now, British actress Emily is just going to have to get used to her husband's rock hard abs and increased stamina, as he spent many hours sweating away to get into shape for the movie.

"It's real work, too," he confessed. "I thought it would be like, 'Yeah, let's eat a couple Power Bars and do push-ups.' And he (his trainer) was like, 'No. It's going to be a living hell for six to eight weeks.'"

John admits he really was starting from nothing, as he didn't have much of an exercise regime in place before getting the part.

"I couldn't do one pull-up," he said. "I was like, 'How hard are these pull-ups, really?'"

His hard work paid off, and in the accompanying interview for his Men's Health cover, he explained just how much he was able to do by the end of his training.

"We did tons of metabolic work, dragging sleds and all this stuff I've seen NFL (National Football League) players do," he said. "(But) getting stronger every day is thrilling."

John and Into The Woods actress Emily, 32, tied the knot in July, 2010 and are parents to 10-month-old daughter Hazel.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi hits theatres in the U.S. on 15 January (16), before reaching the U.K. on 29 January (16).

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