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Paul Rudd: Ant-Man exercise made me miserable

Paul Rudd has opened up about his Ant-Man diet and fitness regime, which he jokes made him no fun at all.

The 46-year-old actor is making his mark in the Marvel movie as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, a guy who has the power to shrink to the size of an insect when he activates his special suit.

Although Paul's previously expressed his relief at not having to beef up for the role in the same way Hugh Jackman did to portray Wolverine, he did want to look muscly and shows off a lean six-pack in one shot.

"I didn't do anything fun for a year," he told Cover Media, when asked how he got in shape for the shoot. "I ate no carbs or sugar, I worked out. I basically made health and fitness the focus of my day, for a long time. I would work out with a trainer; I worked with a guy who was teaching me tumbling, how to do flips, things like that. I was eating a lot of protein and vegetables, and I was eating at very specific times of the day. I didn't drink any alcohol. And I was miserable to be around for about a year."

In all seriousness, Paul found himself getting into the swing of his exercise regime after a while. He'd never really taken working out so seriously before, but for this he realised he had no option but to go full pelt if he wanted the film to be a success.

"Actually I enjoyed having the focus. I knew I was going to have to be held accountable, so that made it a little easier," he explained. "But I'd never done anything like that before, to that extreme, and having the majority of my day built around that instead of making fitness something I tried to work in on the side while I went about my day, was really kind of great. I woke up very early in the morning, I felt really good, I had lots of energy and it helped me also just get into the mind-set of this character. I figured if I'm in really good shape, I will feel like less of an imposter in the role."

Ant-Man hits screens later this month.

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