5 Reasons Why You’ll Never Look Like A Hollywood Celebrity

Hollywood workout

Does this sound familiar:

1) A new movie comes out, let’s go back in time and say 300 starring Gerard Butler.

2) Men feel like crap about their bodies and feel the need to step up their game to be ripped and muscular.

3) They head home, go online and search phrases like “300 workout,” “Gerard Butler diet,” “How to get 300 body,” “Why does my life suck and how can I become a sexy Spartan warrior,” etc…

4) They give the so-called “300 workout” a shot with hopes of getting their dream body.

5) They most likely fail and gives up a few weeks later since their physique doesn’t match that of the 300 actors.

Sound familiar?

Don’t lie, I’ve done that with almost every movie featuring a shirtless actor or actress sporting a decent physique. It’s just habit. I’ve been doing it since Blade 3 when Ryan Reynolds showcased his now coveted physique.

But here’s what people don’t understand: you are NEVER going to look like Gerard Butler, Ryan Reynolds, Megan Fox, Jessica Biel or any celebrity for that matter.

There are just too many variables to account for when trying to get the physique of an A-list celebrity, such as…

1) Celebrities are richer than you

Celebrities are fucking rich.

Some make more money from one movie than some people make in their entire lifetime. It’s fucking ridiculous.

And with their massive wealth, celebrities have access to state-of-the-art gyms, personal chefs, massage therapists, and other resources that you most likely just can’t afford.

While these extra resources are nothing magical, they do give celebrities more freedom, less stress, and time to allow them to have a laser-like focus on their goals.

Am I saying that you need to be filthy rich to achieve a great body? Absolutely not, but there’s no denying that it does make some of the work easier.

2) You aren’t as motivated as them

In a sense, celebrities are paid to look hot.

Would men have watched Into The Blue if it didn’t feature Jessica Alba in a bikini 80% of the time? Would women have watched Crazy Stupid Love, if it featured a fat sweaty slob instead of a shirtless Ryan Gosling?

Sure…maybe…I mean um…okay probably not.

If a celebrity is told that he or she has to appear topless or naked in a film, then you can bet your ass that they are going to look absolutely phenomenal.

If I knew I was going to appear shirtless in front of millions of people, then I’m going to make it my life’s work to look as good as humanly possible. And oh yeah, those multi-million dollar pay checks don’t hurt either.

3) Professional lighting and fake tans

This is a big one.

You may not realize it, but a lot of the lighting you see in movies is fake. Everything is adjusted so that the environment and the actors in it look as good as possible. Plus, they have use ridiculously high-quality cameras.

This makes the final cut of the movie look better, but in a way, it also deceives the viewer.

Under the right lighting (particularly overhead lighting), your body can look much better than it actually is. Give it a shot – shine an overhead light over your body and I guarantee you’ll notice an immediate improvement in the way your body looks.

Your muscles look more defined than they actually thus creating the illusion that you’re at a lower body fat percentage when you’re really not.

There’s just no way that movie executives are going to let teen heartthrobs like Taylor Lautner come out with a farmer’s tan. It’s unattractive and it turns paying customers off.

So by applying a tan on the actor, not only does the actor have an aesthetically pleasing skin tone, but he will also look more muscular and defined.

This is exactly why pro-bodybuilders and figure competitors all have fake tans – because it brings out the the definition in their muscles.

Ryan Reynolds workout
Look at that perfect lighting.

4) Celebrities are druggies (well at least some of them)

And no, I’m not talking about the fun powdery white stuff either.

I’m talking about drugs like steroids and HGH.

How else do do you think 60 year old dudes like Sylvester Stallone and Hulk Hogan stay so muscular?

Well…it’s definitely not because they’re quadruple setting their workouts. Now I’m not saying every single Hollywood celebrity uses HGH, but it’s just something you have to take into consideration.

Like Rusty Moore of FitnessBlackBook said in this post, be suspicious of celebrities who have seemingly instant body transformations. Most of the time, drugs are involved.

5) You don’t know them (the most important one)

Ok I get it, you want to look like Ryan Reynolds but do you personally know what he does outside the gym and in his personal life? And no, paparazzi shots and videos don’t count.

Do you know how many hours of sleep he gets per day? Do you know the exact foods he eats day in and day out? Do you know what his maintenance calories are? Do you know his training history? Do you know his pre and post-workout supplements? Do you know if he’s taking any drugs?

Exactly, so unless you’re his mom, then you really don’t know crap about Ryan Reynolds or any Hollywood celebrity for that matter.

There’s a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes in the world of Hollywood that doesn’t get talked about. So unless you know a Hollywood celebrity on a deep personal level, then you should always take the things they say with a gain of salt.

So who can I look like?

Now that I’ve hopefully convinced you that you can’t look like a Hollywood celebrity, you might be wondering “who can I look like?”

Here it is: You can look like the absolute best version of yourself and no one else. 

That’s it.

Don’t compare yourself to Ryan Reynolds or Megan Fox.

It’s pointless, energy draining, and you’ll never look like them nor should you want to.

The only person you should be comparing yourself to is the old version of yourself.

Once you get your dream body, you should only compare yourself to old pictures, videos, and memories, because that’s the only thing that matters.

Become a better you, not an “almost as good as Ryan Reynolds.”

The only thing that Hollywood celebrities are good for:


That’s it.

People get super motivated by hot Hollywood actors and actresses and that’s awesome. It’s the reason why I”ll occasionally write a celebrity workout article – because people get motivated by that shit.

Having a Hollywood celebrity that motivates and inspires you to take action is great, as long as you accept the fact that will never look exactly like him or her.

You can use their workouts and diet plans as a foundation, but don’t believe that it will transform you into a carbon copy of them. Genetics simply play too big of a role for any two bodies to look the same,

Closing thoughts

  • Don’t try to look like a Hollywood celebrity. Try to look like the best possible version of yourself.
  • Don’t believe everything you see and read. The amazing bodies you see on screen are often manipulated by professional lighting, special effects, etc…
  • It’s okay to read and follow a Hollywood celebrity’s workout and diet program, just don’t expect to look exactly like them in the end. Yes I’ve written a number of sample routines for popular actors like Ryan Gosling, Dwayne Johnson, and Daniel Craig. In no way are these the exact routines they followed, but instead more realistic workouts for the everyday man to do. The actual workouts the actors did are simply too excessive and unrealistic for the average man or woman.
  • Train hard, eat right, and you’ll look better than any Hollywood celebrity out there. I promise.

What’s your take on getting a “Hollywood” body? Let me know in the comments.

63 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why You’ll Never Look Like A Hollywood Celebrity”

  1. I’ve done it, with zero drugs or any kind of surgery. The workout , diet and training with decent genetics can get you there. The part I’m not saying is I train pro and amatuer fighters and was a fighter so this is my secret. No drugs just steady training and diet.

    • Dont forget time Mr. Greg. You need time because all of the serious studies show that after the first few years of training you can only gain a few pounds of muscle a year. Many of the celebrity bodies are attainable but not as fast as they do it. When you look at their before pics u can clearly see that they have been working out pretty regularly beforehand so they are already intermediate or advanced in terms of bodybuilding time (3-5 years+). You cant just gain 25+ pounds of PURE muscle in 1 or 2 years without PEDs unless ur a beginner and in ur teens or twenties when testosterone is flowing. These arent genetically gifted guys either like ectomorph chris evans, henry cavill, chris hemsworth, hugh jackman.

  2. Time is everything for us natural trainers. I have been hitting the gym since the age of 17 but I’ll be honest training and diet was shit but I gained muscle, I started understanding and learning how my body reacts really in my mid twenties. Now at the age of 30 I am 190lbs 10 percent body fat but often get the ‘am defo on Juice’ comment. I take this as a compliment because only lifters understand the work it takes to archive thus naturally no drugs just dedication and hard work although genetics do play a huge roll. I am naturally very skinny and tall just I think plays a big role aswell.

    • Absolutely agree.

      Timing plays such a huge role in maximizing muscle growth, but if you tell most guys that it’ll take 7-10 years to look like so and so, they’ll shit their pants and give up on the spot.

  3. I love this! It’s all so true. So many people feel bad because they don’t look like this person or that person but there is so much we just don’t know. In addition to everything you mentioned celebrities or the wealthy can afford nips and tucks here and there. I am sure they take advantage of that too. 🙂

    • It’s not even the nip/tuck stuff.

      Ppl just try to hard to look like other ppl when it’s pretty much guaranteed to not make them any happier.

  4. I am sorry but I have to strongly disagree with this article. I myself work out only 3 times a weak and I am in very good shape. It does not take millions of dollars or fake tans and good lighting to look your best. Hopefully other people think the same way.

    • There’s a difference between looking good and taking it to the next level, artificially making yourself look a way you wouldn’t otherwise.

      But hey if you’re happy, that’s all that matters.

    • You are so nieve, 80%+ of the actors take HGA and or T related drugs, even inshore people have cheek fat, but not Hollywood men and women. Most of the women have had moderate boob jobs, the older they get the thinner yet their bobs get slowly bigger just like magic.
      -These Hollywood people are frauds, they work 14 hours on set but claim to have 2 hour workouts ever day, just like baseball players are all on the sauce and most eat like average people yet in the 90’s they all gained 20 pounds of muscle in a few years. I have been around many of these hypocrites.

  5. I don’t wish to be ill-spirited, Keith, but short of the conclusion (“Everyone can look their best”) your article says nothing interesting. First, if you are trying to explain to your readers that they cannot look like an exact copy of a celebrity, then you are patronizing them (I doubt there is anyone out there who believes they can look exactly like someone else). If, on the other hand, you are trying to say that one cannot approach the level of athleticism or bodily visual appeal of some celebrities (why you’re choosing Butler or Biel as a standard of a great physique escapes me, though), then this is unnecessarily defeatist. It also simplifies life into two categories of people – the celebrities (haves), and the common man (have-nots). The fact is that there are +7 billion humans out there with unique dispositions. And just like there are people with poor genetics, there are many bakers, teachers, or unemployed folk with better genetics than your celebrity average. Can anyone achieve Brad Pitt’s FC look? No. Can many? Absolutely yes. Would it be healthy for them? For some yes, for some no. Does hard work and discipline reward most? You bet.

      • Wow, you really ARE used to patronizing people. Why are you telling me to relax? I am quite relaxed. I just responded to your article, thinking this ought to be an exchange of ideas. Plus, your first reply to my comment (the one you deleted, possibly because you realized you exposed an easily offended ego?) shows that it is you who should take this more lightly. My response is not personal, I don’t know you.

        • Jan it’s a good article, and you sound like a person no one would touch with a ten foot pole. Go be triggered somewhere else.

        • Can you please shut the hell up? Keith ain’t patronizing nobody, he just don’t want anal people anal about celeb fakeness and b.s. moreover people’s useless b.s. egos to get all anally …

  6. Uplifting article for me. Always comparing myself and this is the only article I found that related to men and not women after a generic search. Will keep trying to push on to a better version of myself, also not just 18 year old me. 31 year old me will always lose!!!

  7. You got everyhthing right except for one thing and that’s motivation. Motivation is just a spark. People who claim their no longer motivated are lying. Motivation is only a spark that gets things started. If you dont have the discipline to feed the fire that motivation started for you then it dies. The average non Hollywood types need far more discipline than actors do. The plus to this is that the average person finds that it leads to a lifetime of positive physical health and lifetstyle benifites.The rich actors return to fat wine drinking dough balls by their next films.With the discipline you can exceed those who just use fitness to play pretend. We get to live it.

    • “The rich actors return to fat wine drinking dough balls…”

      How true.

      Orson Welles, Marlon Brando, Charles Laughton, and a host of others.

      Any you know of?

      How about the women?

  8. I am going toward fifty in less than two years and I’d wanted to look like a twenty something man. The article had said that you don’t have to look like Gerald Butler from 300 or Ryan Reynolds from Blade Trinity. Right now,I am doing sit ups and push ups in hope of getting a better body,I don’t know exactly when will that be. I just want to let you know.

  9. You would have found more success in giving us 5 reasons on why you would never be an influential writer. You’re selling to people with limitations the assurance that success is far beyond their reach. Anyone here who agrees with you is weak and narrow minded. You’re confusing apples with oranges. You want to be a celebrity doppleganger and talk about deception then find a spotlight and learn photoshop. Invest in some plastic surgery. You want to talk about fitness, physique, there are way better examples you could have given rather than your hopeless rant.

  10. My opinion is that celebrities are fake, and quite cheesy too. I don’t understand why anybody who is real needs to pay them and their asses any lip service. It’s just not possible to look like that without paying for clinical procedures. Too much lip service paid to people having certain genetics, and I guess they rule the world now. So what, who cares, why should I or anyone care? If you are a person, and I’ll ditch the word average here, who hits the gym 4 times a week, targets the entire body, is diligent about training, and has a solid diet, then more power to you. That’s what it’s all about. Quit worshipping other people regardless of who or what they are. You need to develop an attitude of diligence and discipline for your own good. Guess what, I totally doubt the majority of people actually commit to any sort of diet and exercise at all. Why? Because, its’ not easy that’s why. Those who do, regardless of their type, are gonna develop efficient clean organs and strong bones. Not saying what’s on the outside does not matter, but I think the point at the end of the day is to optimize yourself naturally without cheating. And take pride in that.

  11. Number 1 & 2 are BS and total excuses. And the comment about drugs is just plain uneducated. Yea I’m sure some famous guys may take HGH and steroids but Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman do not. They are lean and ripped naturally from diet and dedication. Not to toot my own horn but I look just as ripped as Ryan Reynolds 365 days a year and I’m not rich, I don’t take drugs or any supplements for that matter, no one makes my food and I don’t have personal trainers. I own a business and work 40+ hours a week. I work out a gym that cost me $10.00 a month and I eat almost all whole foods and 90% plant based foods. It just takes motivation and dedication. Guys like Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Goseling (sp?) and Hugh Jackman look like that cause they work hard it. 75% of the actors in Hollywood are fat or overweight just like most of Americans and those people are rich too. So who ever wrote this article has no idea what they are talking about and are probably just as lazy as all the other people that are always pointing blame on things like not having time or money to look good and take care of themselves. If you want to look like Ryan Reynolds and Megan fox then change your diet, start excercising for real, get off your phone in the gym, don’t drink 4-5 days a week a stop blaming everything else for your short comings.

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