ADRIEN VS PREDATOR; Brody Reveals How He Bulked Up for Latest Alien Action Flick

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ADRIEN VS PREDATOR; Brody Reveals How He Bulked Up for Latest Alien Action Flick


Byline: Siobhan Synnot

SCAR-WINNER he may be - but when aliens and monsters come calling, is Adrien Brody really the first guy you'd ask for?

Softly-spoken, thin as a rake, and best known for playing the frail, emaciated hero of e Pianist, Adrien is stepping into the boots and tanktop of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a sequel to one of Arnie's biggest early hits, Predator.

Back in 87, Arnie and his platoon of commandos had abs of steel and legs like treetrunks when they fought an invisible killer alien in the Guatemalan jungle.

Adrien admitted: "I was not the most likely choice."

And he added, a little unnecessarily: "I obviously do not have the physique of Schwarzenegger."

The latest in the franchise, Predators, features Adrien Brody as mercenary Royce, who is abducted by the aliens and released on an unfamiliar planet along with other human abductees as prey for a new breed of Predator.

Adrien piled on 25lbs for the part.

"That's a lot on my frame but it's all lean muscle," said the 6ft1in actor. "But in the original lm, it wasn't Schwarzenegger's body that allowed him to overcome the alien - he outsmarted it.

"But he sure was cool to look at."

"I saw the original when I was 14 and never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get this kind of role."

Previous sequels about the murderous creatures have seen them face up to the other franchise giant Alien, in Alien vs Predator and Alien vs Predator: Requiem.

This latest adventure is more of a reboot, with the blood-thirsty critters hunting humans for sport.

Of course, Adrien is taking all of this quite seriously. To prepare for his monster battles, he spent hours in the gym and on set the intense method actor locked himself away from the rest of the cast in a raindrenched part of Hawaii.

Adrien said: "I studied military manuals and learning tactics. "I was spending time alone in the jungle. I was in this almost prehistoric-looking rainforest, and I slept there. It was just amazing."

Yet while the movie role is tough, Adrien reckons that given the choice between battling 7ft aliens or growing up in his poor New York neighbourhood, ghting vicious monsters from outer space is the easier option

"In the late 70s and early 80s, New York was a very di erent place," said the 37-year-old.

"It was much tougher then, and that's part of what shaped me."

Nowadays, however, he admits he's a bit of a softie and the actor, who is currently dating Mad Men star January Jones, says he'd love to play a "big romantic'' role.

Brought up in a working-class neighbourhood, Brody was the only son of a photographer and a history teacher. ey weren't the poorest family in the area but they never had a new car, and had a tight budget for food and clothes.

No one he knew was an actor, so his rst taste of the stage came in his teens when he put together a magic act for kids, performing tricks as e Amazing Adrien. …

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