Arnold Oceng is one to observe. The hard-working actor has had quite a few stand-out turns in acclaimed films like A United Kingdom and The Good Lie, in addition to stealing each scene he was in in BrOTHERHOOD. However his newest function as real-life boxer Ayub Kalule in The Biggest Man is his hardest but. How did he step as much as the problem, and the way has it affected his total health and well being?
How would you price your health on a scale of 1 to 10?
I’d say I’m an eight/eight and a half – I do really feel like I’m in one of the best form of my life. I wasn’t actually into coaching – I used to be athletic however I wasn’t actively within the health club as a lot as I wished to be, and it took a movie like The Biggest Man to make me return to the health club. It made me fall in love with coaching.
What do you do, fitness-wise?
I can’t even deceive you, I’m not actively coaching proper now as a result of I’ve completed for the movie. Once I was filming I’d be within the health club with my private coach doing boxing drills, engaged on the pads, getting on the baggage, then performing some cardio to maintain the blood pumping. After, we’d do about an hour of sparring, engaged on method, and that’s about it. That was on daily basis. Then, as a result of there’s a number of shirtless scenes, I might oil my chest and do some press-ups or pump some weights simply earlier than motion so I appeared a bit fuller. However I’m having a little bit of a well-deserved break in the intervening time. I’ve determined to provide myself till Christmas to simply calm down.
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What do you do to encourage your self?
I wish to maintain the physique I’ve obtained, earlier than it goes. I labored very arduous on it and I’m planning on carrying on with boxing as a result of I do get pleasure from it. No actual matches although. Two causes: one, I’m a hen, and two, I don’t wish to destroy my money-maker, my face…
What’s going to you by no means do once more?
Nothing, to be sincere – I’ve finished a number of various kinds of coaching and, as arduous as it may be at occasions, I really like that problem. It’s like a drug, being pushed and seeing how far you’ll be able to go, so I’ve by no means shied away from it.
How is your health fingerprint distinctive to you and your profession?
I wanted a motive to return into the health club – that push, an incentive to coach, and this function was excellent. I did a number of analysis on the character and I purchased a skipping rope as a result of I assumed, “I’m doing a boxing movie, so I’ve obtained to have that skipping montage. There’s obtained to be a minimum of one scene the place I’m going to skip.”
A United Kingdom is in cinemas November 25, BrOTHERHOOD is obtainable on DVD December 26 (pre-order on amazon.co.uk) and The Biggest Man will probably be launched subsequent yr.