Lupita Nyong’o also swims with weights to train for ‘Black Panther’ sequel

Lupita Nyong’o also swims with weights to train for ‘Black Panther’ sequel

  • Lupita Nyong’o also shared a behind-the-scenes clip of her training for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
  • In a TikTok posted on Saturday, the actress shared footage of her swimming with dumbbells.
  • The Nyong’o training clip comes after the film’s director admits she learned to swim for the movie.

Lupita Nyong’o also went to prepare for the extensive underwater scenes in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

On Saturday, the actor played Nakia in the Marvel Studios film. shared a TikTok Fans were given a glimpse of the physically demanding training she had to go through to prepare for filming.

The clip, which had more than 8.8 million views as of Sunday, made a reference to the fictional underwater nation introduced in the movie: “Swimming to Taloqan wasn’t as easy as it looked!”

In the TikTok, set to the song “Con La Brisa” from the “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” soundtrack, Nyong’o is seen swimming underwater in a pool while holding a dumbbell. Then, he crawls across the bottom of the pool with two heavy-looking dumbbells in each hand.

Later on TikTok, he was seen walking upright in the deepest part of the pool holding dumbbells in both hands.

Nyong’o, 39, emerges from the water at the end of the clip and says: “I feel like a crawfish.”

Nyong’o’s TikTok caption credits EXPT LIFEAn extreme performance training company founded by Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece, and Mark RobertsThe company’s assistant performance director, to help train him for the underwater scenes.

Roberts reposted the TikTok on her Instagram story and wrote that it was “a pleasure and a pleasure” to work with the “Black Panther” actor.

Roberts and XPT Life did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Some of the crew were not confident swimmers before the shoot

during an appearance “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” In early November, Nyong’o said that performing underwater is “a whole other level” than anything he’s done before. To make matters worse initially, he wasn’t exactly a confident swimmer to begin with.

“Before I did the film,” he said. “Ryan sent me a text saying ‘On a scale of one to ten, how well can you swim?'” His response: “Four, if I’m lucky. Because I would swim like a scared puppy.”

He said he knew he had to go to extreme lengths to prepare for the film. That’s why he searched EXPT LIFEWhich he says has helped him improve his breathing through underwater weight training: “It’s about overriding your panic button.”

Lupita Nyong'o In "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."

Lupita Nyong’o in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

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Nyong’o, however, was far from the only member of the film’s crew who needed to brush up on her skills in the water before filming.

Actually, his costar tenoch gardenWho plays Namor and director Ryan Coogler didn’t even know how to swim before “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

Huerto said Entertainment Weekly He only told Coogler that he had “never drowned before” when asked about his swimming skills. Meanwhile Dr. Kugler diversity He had to “figure out” how to swim to direct the movie.

“If the camera is in the water, the actors are in the water, I have to be there,” he said.

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