Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje went to boot camp

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Set in 79 A.D., Pompeii tells the story of Milo, a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.
May 5th, 2014

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje did an intense four-week boot camp to prepare for 'Pompeii'.

The actor, who stars alongside 'Games of Thrones' star Kit Harington and 'Sleeping Beauty' star Emily Browning in the forthcoming film, was dedicated to getting into shape for the role so him hit the gym hard and watched what he ate to ensure he could live up to the expectation of being a gladiator.

Asked how he got in shape, he told website movies.ie: ''Boot camp. Gladiator boot camp; four weeks prior to the beginning of the movie. You enrol in that as part of the process. When you and the audience hear the world 'gladiator' you have your expectations, and we have to deliver. ''

The intense workout sessions lasted four hours a day and included swordfighting training.

He added: ''To do that, we had to go to gladiator boot camp, which consisted of four hours working out a day, two hours of swordsmanship, an hour of weightlifting, an hour of cardio... Coupled with this 1,800 calorie diet. That is what got us in that Adonis-like shape. There are no ifs, buts, ands or maybes about it, that's what you have to do!''