Brad Pitt, Fight Club
According to personal trainers, 17 years later this is still the body men want most. Not being ridiculously stacked is why men can aspire to Pitt's body—it's the best example of someone slender but in incredible shape out there. And if you are after the body, we've got you covered on how to get it too.
Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love
"It's like you're Photoshopped!" says Emma Stone's character when Ryan Gosling reveals his body in the underrated rom-com Crazy Stupid Love. We couldn't have described the perfectly sculpted—but not oversized—torso any better ourselves.
Christian Bale, American Psycho
There are many reasons why you would not want to identify with psychopathic mass-murderer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, but his body is not one of them. Bateman's workout is one of his key priorities—stomach crunches, lunges, skipping, bicep curls and deadlifts are just a few of the moves that contribute to the Adonis body on screen. That and chainsaw-waving, of course.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Despite more recently becoming insanely shredded to play a boxer in Southpaw, it is in 2010's comedy drama Love and Other Drugs where Jake Gyllenhaal's physique really makes you feel the envy—including one scene in particular where you see he definitely didn't miss out leg day.
Daniel Craig, Casino Royale
Forget Ursula Andress—for this generation of Bond fans there is only person they remember emerging from the sea and that's 007 himself. The powder blue La Perla swimming trunks Craig wore in that memorable scene recently sold and are impossible to track down due to their popularity. Craig trained with an ex-Marine who focused on full body circuits in order to build muscle and fitness endurance.
Tom Hardy, Warrior
Hardy too is no stranger to bulking up for a role, to play MMA fighter Tommy Conlon in Warrior he completed a 3 month regime of 2 hours boxing, 2 hours muay thai, 2 hours ju jitsu followed by 2 hours choreography and 2 hours of weightlifting 7 days a week. Not easy if you've got a job or value your lie-ins but using elements of martial arts in your workout could make you look a little more Warrior.
Will Smith, I Am Legend
Will Smith's post-apocalyptic film about a virus ravaged New York is largely forgettable, apart from seeing him doing pull-ups. Smith's trainer designed a pyramid training routine that started off with lighter weight loads and upped these—so it's nice to know even he had to build up to what you see in the final film.
Marlon Brando, A Streetcar Named Desire
We couldn't complete this list without a throwback to the original hunk Marlon Brando, who wears a t-shirt like he's doing it a favour. His look is all about brute strength in playing the temperamental Stanley Kowalski so there's nothing overly sculpted or pretty boy about what you see on screen. Instead Brando was just classically brawny in an old-school macho way, and it still looks good 65 years later.
Channing Tatum, Magic Mike XXL
Male stripper comedy Magic Mike is worth a watch if only to feel inspired by Channing Tatum's body—he's got that kind of six-pack that says 'I work out but I still like nachos every now and then.' (We haven't verified this). The good news is that we do know it took Tatum just 10 weeks to get ready for the role—the bad is that it involved daily 25 mile bike rides and 100 swimming pool laps. He also did 'water-burpees' which are completing multiple burpees between laps in the pool, which sounds so awful we're not sure it is worth it.
Hugh Jackman, Wolverine
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine has stood the test of time as a physique to want as your own. Sure the claws are a bit much and some of those bulging veins might have been superimposed but his concrete abs, pectorals and arms became more impressive with every film. Jackman may have moved on from the character, but we're not sure we have.
From: Esquire US.