The will of the gods

As our cover star proves, what­ever you want out of life, work­ing hard and tak­ing risks will put you in the po­si­tion to seize big op­por­tu­ni­ties as they arise

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To say that this month’s MF cover star has un­der­gone a re­mark­able trans­for­ma­tion in the past few years is an un­der­state­ment. And I don’t just mean phys­i­cally, but pro­fes­sion­ally too. Af­ter more than 200 episodes of Hol­lyoaks, sec­ond place in Strictly Come Danc­ing and win­ning 2010’s Rear of the Year, Ricky Whit­tle packed his bags and swapped Old­ham for Hol­ly­wood in an all-in, make-or-break at­tempt to hit the big time. He aimed for the stars, and he’s hit the moon – Shadow Moon, the lead role in Amer­i­can Gods, Ama­zon Video’s ac­claimed, big-bud­get adap­ta­tion of Neil Gaiman’s best-sell­ing novel.

To look the part he had to pack on some se­ri­ous size, and on p44 he re­veals ex­actly how he built his A-list body so you can too. Whit­tle also re­veals how he had to travel far out­side of his com­fort zone to go from Bri­tish soap star to global ac­tion hero who now com­petes against Dwayne John­son, Vin Diesel and the other es­tab­lished big beasts of the big screen for the most cov­eted roles.

If there’s one thing I took away from meet­ing Whit­tle it’s this: if you sit around wait­ing for big things to hap­pen, you’re go­ing to be wait­ing a very long time.

“You have to be­lieve in your­self,” says Whit­tle. “Fo­cus on your own game and do the best you can. Then you’re un­stop­pable”

Joe Warner, ed­i­to­rial di­rec­tor @JoeWarn­erUK

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