James Franco’s Fitness Regimen
James Franco is probably best known for his role in Spiderman 3. But, his physique received the most attention for his role in Annapolis. James really got his body into shape for this film. Want to know how he did it? Keep reading.
James Franco’s Annapolis Workout
“Boxing involves completely different muscles and a lot more endurance than sword fighting, which I quickly realized!” laughs Franco. James decided that me needed a mentor to help get himself into shape for the movie. He found one in Macka Foley. Macka is a veteran boxing trainer and ex-fighter from Hollywood’s Wild Card Gym. “I think the fights in the film represent the three stages of Jake’s development,” Franco summarizes. “In the first one, he’s very headstrong, a wild kind of brawler without much skill or discipline.
By the second one, he’s still very willful but he’s got a bit more spirit, he can take more. But then he really develops his skills and his tenacity and his devotion, and he is a different person in the ring as well as outside of it by that third fight. And it was very important to get that across, in the physical as well as the emotional, so that the audience can feel him changing.” “His body transformed. He was just a skinny kid when I got him, but then he was all cut up and could do 300 push-ups. If I could get half the fighters I train to work this hard, I might be in the Hall of Fame one day.” James Annapolis workout entailed rounds of sit-ups, push-ups, speed bag, heavy bag and jump rope.
James Franco’s Annapolis Trainers
“Right from the beginning James Franco worked harder than any fighter I’ve worked with,” muses Foley. “He worked just like a champion. And he picked it up, man, he really picked it up! James came to me completely blank as far as boxing is concerned, but he took whatever I fed him right into his consciousness and ran with it in amazing ways.” “ For Franco, learning step-by-step how to box with a fearless, visceral realism was key to revealing how Jake changes on the inside, says Foley. James also trained with Liberian flyweight Sammy “Toy” Stewart, who is known for his speed.
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