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Now, however, the actor has spoken out about why he does push ups between takes, and apparently, it’s not just for sex scenes. Although, he did tell Out To Lunch with Jay Raynor he definitely does push ups before his abs are on display, He starts out admitting he does a lot of exercise between takes before noting why,
Oh yeah, Jesus, yeah, yeah, yeah [I do a lot of push ups]. I’ve done that for various reasons. I’ve done that for reasons of I’m about to have my top off, and everything they film is committed to celluloid forever. Why not try to look as good as I can in that moment?
In addition, apparently Jamie Dornan also does push ups for other reasons. He spoke out about doing push ups when he was tired during his TV series The Fall, for example. He also says he practices press ups when he is bored on set and scenes aren’t moving swiftly.
I’ve also done it sometimes when I’m particularly spent and exhausted after a scene where I’m running in The Fall or whatever. Sometimes I do it because I sometimes just have a lot of energy and I don’t know what to do with it. They’re fucking hanging around, ‘Oh, I just gotta fix this light, sorry Jamie.’ I’m good to go, champing at the bit to get rid of some of this energy, so I’ll drop and just do press ups just for something to do.
All in all, his press up habits mean that he can do quite a bit of push ups at a time. He told Jay Raynor that he doesn’t do “that many,” revealing that he can do 100 push ups.
Not that many… right.
Regardless of how many push ups he does on the average day, Jamie Dornan was really fit for the final flick in the franchise Fifty Shades Freed and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down in the fitness realm these days. Which is good, because we'll be seeing him onscreen quite a bit more coming up. For example, the actor has a Drake Doremus movie and Synchronic opposite Anthony Mackie coming out in 2019.