Will Smith reveals he dropped 30 pounds after viral ‘dad bod’ pic

Although Will wanted to lose weight for his own personal satisfaction, he also knew how important the drastic weight loss would be for the context of the film.

“For me, the physicality is a big part of what makes people go, ‘Woah!’” he continued. “To be able to transition and manipulate your body as an actor is a big part of the suspension of disbelief for people.”

In addition to fine-tuning his diet and exercising for two hours a day, Will said the harsh filming conditions helped him shed some extra pounds.

“Actually being out in the swamps … it’s hot, it’s nasty,” he explained. “You’re actually in the swamp, so your hands are dirty so you don’t really want to grab food and eat.”

Smith says filming in the “hot” swamps helped him lean out.Instagram/Will Smith

Prior to shooting the emotional film, the Academy Award winner admitted he was in the “worst shape of my life” after spending “countless days grazing through the pantry” during quarantine.

At the time, the father of three shared a shirtless photo with his 62 million Instagram followers — who were quick to support his new body.

In the snap, the “Aladdin” actor showed off his bare chest and stomach in an unzipped blue hoodie and tight black shorts.

Shortly after vowing to make some changes on social media, Will started filming the process for his YouTube Originals miniseries “Best Shape of My Life.”