Matthew Willig reveals EXCLUSIVELY to HL he took taking part in Andre the Big ‘very severely’ and gained 35 kilos to play him.
Matthew Willig performs the nice Andre the Big within the NBC comedy collection Younger Rock. The present is paying tribute to the long-lasting wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson referred to as “Uncle Andre.” HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Matthew about his transformation into Andre the Big. Although he wasn’t requested to, Matthew felt he needed to achieve weight to finish his “Uncle Andre” metamorphosis.
“They didn’t even ask me to achieve weight. I knew I wanted to. I wanted to have that Andre really feel,” Matthew defined to HollywoodLife. “He wasn’t a man that labored out. He wasn’t buff or minimize up. He was simply Andre, you already know? I sort of needed to eat myself into that. I gained about 35 kilos, which is a number of weight, and I’m not a small man to start with… I’ve been as little as 275 and have beefed up within the final yr and hovered round 295ish. On my body at six-eight, I don’t look fats in any respect, however I knew I wanted so as to add fats. Thirty-five kilos was robust. I did it in increments three months earlier than I shot, together with including the final 10 in Australia whereas in quarantine and nothing to do, so it was a bit of simpler at that time. However once more, I attempted to make it possible for when my shirt was off and trunks, I needed to have that Andre look as a lot as doable.”
Earlier than the load achieve transformation, Matthew needed to sort out Andre’s accent. The skilled wrestler, who died in 1993, was born in France. “The primary problem was the accent, and I do know there are critics who will say issues, and I do know folks mentioned I sounded Russian,” Matthew mentioned. “However Andre’s accent was so distinctive that I labored with a French dialect coach and kind of realized the speech patterns of the French and among the phrases he would say or interpret into English, and that was an enormous problem. After which from that, he was very lazy along with his discuss. He had a extremely huge tongue, and there was a number of mumbling. It was difficult to hone in on the voice.”
Matthew revealed that the March 30 episode of Younger Rock, titled “My Day With Andre,” will discover the “true relationship” between Andre and Dwayne. “It’s not actually talked about, hasn’t been talked about, nevertheless it was a shock to many individuals, together with myself. Dwayne did an awesome job in explaining it and mainly saying that he was Uncle Andre to me. Although he was this huge human being, he had this means to return right down to my stage as a child. He cherished youngsters, primary, and he mentioned that Andre actually had an affinity for him.” He added, “There are some cool classes in there that we discover, and it was a number of enjoyable to shoot. Working with little Adrian [Groulx] was wonderful. I really like the child to dying, so it made it very particular to shoot that with him.” Younger Rock airs Tuesdays at eight p.m. on NBC.