Simon Pegg’s wife thought he looked ill with ripped torso after 19lb weight loss

Simon Pegg shocked fans when he showed off his toned torso after losing 19lb earlier this year – but he admits his wife wasn't a fan.

The Shaun of the Dead star says his wife Maureen thought he looked ill when he revealed his dramatic new look back in May.

Simon, 49, had actually been transforming his body for his role as a hostage victim in indie thriller Inheritance.

But it seems his wife might not want him to stick with his new look.

He told GQ Hype : "The response from that picture was so weird. Some people said, 'You look ill,' which is what my wife thought.

"Others were saying, 'Well done'. And the thing is, it wasn't meant to be an aspirational thing. It was a snapshot that my trainer took and I really didn't expect the furore that followed."

The star added: "All I can think of is that people still think of me as the schlubby guy from Shaun Of The Dead."

As Simon explains, the snap was shared by his personal trainer, who wanted to show off his progress.

He tweeted it, saying: "Simon Pegg 6 month body transformation for #InheritanceMovie

"The brief for this role was lean, VERY lean. It required a specific body shape & look."

Simon shared the post and added: "Also occasional mild grumpiness…"

He stars in the thriller alongside Lilly Collins and Chace Crawford.

Simon isn't the first actor to dramatically change their appearance for a movie role.

Christian Bale lost a whopping 62lb for The Machinist, and Renee Zellweger famously gained 30lb for her role as Bridget Jones.

And while Simon's wife didn't like his sculpted torso, his Mission Impossible co-star Tom Cruise did, even giving him the nickname 'eight-pack Peggles' in response.

Simon says in order to get his new shape, he trained relentlessly for three months, with only one day off every week.

The Hot Fuzz star, who has opened up about battling depression in the past, says there were effects on his mind after he stopped training.

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