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Captain America: Chris Evans' buff bod is more than meets the CGI

July 20, 2011|By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
  • Actor Chris Evans is shown in this combination of publicity photos from "Captain America: The First Avenger." Evans put on 15 pounds of muscle for the role. To depict the scrawny Steve Rogers at the tale's beginning, the film's makers used a computer "shrinking" technique to erase portions of Evans' strong physique onscreen.
Actor Chris Evans is shown in this combination of publicity photos from… (Reuters )

If you're looking for tips on how Chris Evans went from brawny to scrawny in the upcoming movie "Captain America: The First Avenger," you'll need to pull back on the protein shakes and pick up some Photoshop skills -- it took a lot of special effects to make the toned actor look like the skinny military hopeful he's supposed to be at the beginning of the story.

"It's pretty amazing," Evans told Reuters. "They took shape out of my jaw line, they shrunk my skeleton and they made my shoulders less broad."  

Those rippling muscles on his Captain America alter-ego, however, are anything but CGI -- the actor put on 15 pounds of muscle to play the part. 

Want to find out how to get that superhero physique? Health writer Jeannine Stein talks with personal trainers to the stars of "Thor" and "Green Lantern" to explain how they sculpt the actors' bodies to fit their roles.

(Here's a teaser: Even when it comes to buffing up for an über-manly character, you can have too much of a good thing. Read on.)

Follow me on Twitter @LAT_aminakhan.

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