Jon Bernthal lost 30 pounds while learning how to play tennis to prepare for his role as the tennis coach of the Williams sisters, Rick Macci, in the biographical drama movie, King Richard, opposite actor Will Smith.
Jon Bernthal lost 30 pounds for his role
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter alongside Rick Macci, Jon Bernthal shared how he learned to play tennis for his portrayal of the former in King Richard, opposite Will Smith, and lost 30 pounds as a result, revealing that he knew very little of the sport when he first landed the role of Macci. However, he added that he had immense respect for Macci and believed that it was very important to make the movie as accurate as possible.
Jon Benthal trained at an academy for 3 hours a day and lost 30 pounds, the actor also had the opportunity to train a real-life Junior National Player, Kame Medora, while he was in the character of Rick Macci. The production for the movie was then shut down due to the pandemic and Bernthal took the opportunity to add another 6 months into his training for the role.