MEN'S FITNESS Magazine
Q&A: JESSIE USHER BUILDS AN NBA BODY
The actor packed on 20 pounds** of muscle to play a basketball phenom in STARZ's new comedy.
Jessie Usher scored the leading role in STARZ's new LeBron James-produced basketball comedy, Survivor’s Remorse, because he could play the big personality of a young NBA star. But at a scrawny 6’1”, 150 pounds when he landed the part, Usher didn’t exactly look like he could drive in the lane against the league’s best...
Men’s Fitness: When were you first told you had to gain 20 pounds for the role and what was your reaction?
Jessie Usher: They called me literally seven weeks before the first day we were supposed to film and they asked me, “Would you be willing to gain some weight for this role?” And I was like, “Heck yeah; I’m down to do whatever it takes.” Then they set me up with a PRO TRAINER. His name is WILLIAM THOMPSON and he’s a really good weight gain coach. So I linked up with him the next day, actually that next morning...
MF: What came out of the bulking process that you weren’t expecting?
JU: After I gained the 20 pounds,** I wasn’t expecting my shoulders to bulk up the way they did. They got huge before anything. That was kind of strange. I’ve always had little stick legs, so then when muscles would change and I would see my calves growing out from the side – that to me was a little weird. I would stare at my legs for like ten minutes at a time.