Jai Courtney lived on a treadmill for six weeks to lose weight for Terminator Genisys.
He was “miffed” when he was told there wasn’t a role for him in Terminator Genisys.
The 29-year-old is slowly but surely working his way to the top of the movie industry after roles in Jack Reacher, Divergent and Unbroken.
Next fans can admire him as Kyle Reese in the fifth instalment of the Terminator franchise, which also sees the return of original front man Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s a massive accomplishment for Jai, but it wasn’t originally meant to be.
“I actually heard it was happening, and my agent told me there wasn’t a role for me. And I was like, ‘What?’ I think I’d read about some other guys in my age group who were testing, and I was like, ‘How did we miss this one?'”
“I was a bit miffed about it, to be honest. I got a chance to read the script, and was actually home in Australia working on Unbroken when I got a call saying, ‘They’re going to test you. You’ve got to fly to LA this weekend,'” he recalled to Interview’s The New Hollywood Heavies issue.
“It was the longest I’ve ever travelled for a single audition. I got on a plane on a Saturday morning, flew to LA, got off the plane the same Saturday morning, because the Earth moves in directions, went to the audition, got back on a plane that afternoon, flew back to Australia, and showed up for work on a Monday.”
After investing so much time in the audition Jai reasoned he had to get the part, or else it would have been “a monumental waste” of his weekend.
Luckily his dedication paid off and he was asked to start preparing for the shoot. The star was told he was “too heavy” at the beginning and so he had to drop weight fast – a difficult task for someone who likes fast food and smokes.
“So I lived on a treadmill for about six weeks. It was parked at the end of my bed, literally,” he recalled. “And then, training and intense gun stuff. Emilia [Clarke, who plays Sarah Connor] and I worked most of those days.”
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