How Tom Hopper Gained 20 Pounds of Muscle for ‘The Umbrella Academy’

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Over the years, Tom Hopper has had a number of superhero scripts end up on his doorstep. It’s easy to see why: The British actor has an imposing frame—standing tall at 6’5”—not to mention biceps the size of softballs. You don’t need a heck of a lot of CGI to make Hopper look heroic—or any, really. You could just slap a shield on his chest. But for Hopper, the goal was to find a role that didn’t just give him a reason to pump iron and wear a superhero suit, but give him a complex story line with some drama to sink his teeth into. That opportunity finally came in the form of Luther Hargreeves, aka Number One, in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.

“I was really drawn to his origin story,” Hopper told Men’s Journal. “Here’s a guy who’s built like a gorilla, but underneath is a broken man. The world is on his shoulders, by…

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