2023 promises to be the year of Jonathan Majors’ consecration as a global star. The Californian actor, born in 1989, as versatile as he is capable of crossing all genres, has revealed his talent in films such as The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) and the Lovecraft Country series for which he received a nomination at the Emmys. He also made his mark as the supervillain (the most powerful alongside Thanos) in parallel universes, Kang the Conqueror in the Marvel Loki series. A role he reprized in Peyton Reed’s long-awaited Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, which hits theaters Feb. Magazine Dreams by Elijah Bynum with a performance that could put him in the running for the 2024 Oscars. His character is Killian Maddox, a thirty-year-old with a traumatic family tragedy behind him, who takes care of his sick grandfather, and supports himself by working part-time in a grocery store. Emotionally unstable, she devotes all her energies to transforming her physique (with exhausting workouts and steroids) to become a bodybuilding star, having as a model a god of discipline, Brad Vanderhorn (Mike O’Hearn, true bodybuilding star) to whom he constantly writes devoted fan letters. The difficulties he encounters in achieving his goals, in forging a relationship with the girl he is interested in, Jessie (Haley Bennett) and the disappointment that his idol brings push him to breaking point. Majors for the character has actually built a muscle mass at the height of a bodybuilder, with professional training and a 6100 calorie per day diet for 4 months. “Killian’s curious nature allowed me a different journey in this role – Majors explained in the Q&A at Sundance -. The ‘muscle’ building of the character and his personality went hand in hand. Sometimes I ended the long days of training crying because the spirit is also involved when you have to overcome your physical limits, even those of pain”. Elements that “allowed me to understand the constant paths on an emotional level in Killian’s behavior”. The central thing was “telling the truth, working day by day with the director. Also because the story recalls people we meet in real life, I too was like him for a while. I know what happens when you allow anger, the sense of loss and fear overwhelm you”. In Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, we find the actor instead in the role of the powerful supervillain Kang the conqueror, ready to face in the quantum realm, the superheroes Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) alias Ant- Man and Wasp. Majors was inspired for the super-villain by characters such as Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan: “In the film you see dozens of versions of the character (in the various parallel universes, ed.) – explained Majors, speaking of the role, who has studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and at the Yale School of Drama – it was also fundamental to build the way he relates to others”.
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