LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Kevin James’ weight loss was revealed during production of Here Comes the Boom, the actor’s new comedy opening Friday. But Kevin James has since put back on the pounds, he reveals to news.
In Here Comes the Boom, Kevin James (before and after photos below) appears in the comedy directed by Frank Coraci about Scott Voss, an out of work biology teacher who tries his round at MMA fighting. The film also starts Salma Hayek and Henry Winkler.
Filming began on the project in March 2011 and continued until May of that year. But just weeks before filming, James appeared on David Letterman to discuss news of his massive weight loss for the film.
James told Letterman “I got on the scale and it read 290 pounds. I realized I was only 10 pounds away from 300.” He added “I got to 302.” James eventually lost forty pounds before filming commenced on the MMA project. “Now I’m down to about 260 pounds. I want to be there for [my family]. That’s important.”
But James, according to British news, has put back on some pounds for the role of Eric Lamonsoff for Grown-Ups 2. In May, James admitted he had regained the weight for the highly anticipated sequel.
For Kevin, the pounds drop easily. He and his trainer Mark Dellagrotte explained to Shape.com how Muay Thai was the key for weight loss. “Through traditional Muay Thai practices, mixed martial arts techniques, and basic fitness training, I prepared him for his upcoming role in Here Comes the Boom in which a high school teacher moonlights as a mixed-martial arts fighter to raise money to save the school’s music program.” Mark also told news “We emphasized technique and cardio fitness because this role entailed him actually getting into the ring and it had to believable.”