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Sam Claflin Shows Off His Abs, Reveals He Lost 40 Pounds for Shirtless Scene

by Jennifer Drysdale 4:58 PM PDT, June 03, 2016
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Sam Claflin may have the body of our dreams, but as the actor recently revealed, it wasn't easy.

As part of a 50-day countdown to the release of his new movie, Me Before You, Claflin has been sharing fun photos from set -- and Day 49 was quite the blessing.

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The 29-year-old actor revealed his bangin' bod via Instagram on Thursday -- sharing that he lost 40 pounds in three months of training for his role in the romance film.

While Claflin's part as a paralyzed man kept him confined to a wheelchair for most of the film, the Me Before You star revealed the hard work it took to get in shape for his character's scenes before his paralyzing accident.

Crediting a strict diet, little sleep, and "long and hard" daily sessions at the gym for his weight loss, Claflin said that making sure his character's dramatic transformation resonated with the audience was definite motivation.

"It was important for me to show the distinct differences between him before and after the accident, not only emotionally and mentally, but physically too," the actor explained. "I shed over 3 stone in the three months I was training, and honestly pushed my personal limits. A lot of people struggle with every day life, and do it alone, I was fortunate to have a wonderful support network around me, guiding me through the process step by step."

49/50 final thought I had to get myself in peak physical condition to play Will before the accident, and that came along with at least one long and hard daily session in the gym and a very strict diet, with little sleep. It was important for me to show the distinct differences between him before and after the accident, not only emotionally and mentally, but physically too. I shed over 3 stone in the three months I was training, and honestly pushed my personal limits. A lot of people struggle with every day life, and do it alone, I was fortunate to have a wonderful support network around me, guiding me through the process step by step. I'm not saying I'm a hero. I'm merely saying I found it tough and therefore appreciate what other people go through. I'm an actor. I do what I can to make each part I play as believable as I can. To play it honestly. And truthfully. And hope people invest within that character. The two sides of Will, are of course just one person, but I believe we are all made up of many different versions of ourselves. A lot of us haven't been tested the way Will has, but something as life-changing as that, will affect people differently. Every person is different. Everyone deals with circumstance and situation differently. And everyone should be able to make choices in life without judgement or comment. This film is Wills journey. Enjoy your journey. #liveboldly #50daycountdown #willtraynor @mebeforeyouofficial

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The Hunger Games star went on to say that for him, hard work and weight loss is really just part of the job. "I'm an actor. I do what I can to make each part I play as believable as I can. To play it honestly. And truthfully. And hope people invest within that character," he continued. Don't worry Sam, we're definitely invested. 

"A lot of us haven't been tested the way Will has, but something as life-changing as that, will affect people differently. Every person is different. Everyone deals with circumstance and situation differently. And everyone should be able to make choices in life without judgement or comment."

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"This film is Wills [sic] journey," Claflin concluded his post, along with the hashtags #liveboldy, #50daycountdown and #willtraynor.

We think we speak for everyone when we say we can't wait to see Claflin's hard work pay off in Me Before You, which is in theaters now.

Claflin's co-star Emilia Clarke is no stranger to taking it off onscreen either. Check out the video below to see how she gets into shape for her nude scenes on Game of Thrones.

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