>YOU TRAINED WITH PRO MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTERS FOR HERE COMES THE BOOM. OUCH?
I never got knocked out, but I got knocked on my butt a few times. I go down like a sack of potatoes.
LIKE YOUR CHARACTER, YOU WERE A HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLER.
Mainly I just remember the smell of the wrestling room. On [this film], the UFC fighters’ hygiene was very good compared to the wrestlers I remember.
YOU COSTAR WITH HENRY WINKLER. WAS THE FONZ AS NICE AS EVERYONE CLAIMS HE IS?
I’ve worked with Ron Howard, who is one of the nicest guys on the planet. Opie and all that? Compared to Henry Winkler, Ron Howard kicks puppies.
YOU GET TO KISS SALMA HAYEK IN THIS MOVIE. WHAT’S THAT LIKE?
In the film, they put me behind a fence when we kiss. It was for safety reasons.
YOU LOST ALMOST 80 LBS. FOR THIS MOVIE. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE?
It took me 13 months, training three times a day. Seeing myself get better and working really hard at it was great. But drinking my greens? That’s brutal.
HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO PUT THE WEIGHT BACK ON?
Maybe a weekend. Man, that was a fun weekend.
ARE THERE DRAWBACKS TO LOSING THAT MUCH WEIGHT?
It’s like changing a diaper perfectly: You’ll be asked to do it constantly. That’s a job you want to botch.