This is how Donnie Yen will look in the new “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage” movie

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Donnie Yen training for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage
Photo credit: Donnie Yen's Weibo

Any man with biceps as big as a royal gala apple will feel the need to pump it up if they were to star beside a beefcake like Vin Diesel.  That includes “Ip Man” Donnie Yen, who recently decided that he should bulk up for his role in the new movie, “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage”.

As reported by Oriental Daily, the Hong Kong actor, who has been working on several films back-to-back since last year, revealed that he had undergone rigorous training and diet to put more muscles on his already well-built body. The result? A more defined lower abdominal that he thinks will be perfect for his character in the movie.

Our team felt that we all overate during lunch when Donnie added “I haven’t had a real meal for a long time. But my determination exceeds my hunger”. The 53-year-old martial arts actor said he wanted to be “on par” with his co-stars in the new action movie.

“Chinese stars can rival foreign actors, as long as you put in the extra effort. We can do it, despite our age,” he said.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage is directed by D.J. Caruso and other stars on the movie include Tony Jaa, Jet Li, Samuel L. Jackson and Bollywood babe, Deepika Padukone. The movie is set to hit cinemas on 20 January 2017.