Daniel Cudmore is NBA-tall (6’6”!) and almost too Harlequin-cover handsome. It’s a rare combination among notoriously bijou action stars and one that made him a natural fit for the role of Colossus, the supersized supermutant of the X-Men franchise.
In X-Men: Days of Future Past (out today), the Squamish, B.C. native reprises his strongman role and joins his fellow mutants—including June cover star Ellen Page, and fellow pieces Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender—in an epic battle to save the species from obliteration.
The hulking hunk filled out our FLARE questionnaire and revealed what what makes him weak in the knees (hint: it goes vroom).
My friends say I’m… Taller than the rest of their friends.
I think I’m… Shorter then I really am.
My greatest fear is…Not reaching my full potential
My favourite TV show is: Game of Thrones
The last great book I read was: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
The song that always makes me tear up is: “Biko” by Bloc Party
The song that makes me dance like no one’s watching is: “Anything” by Outkast
The best meal I can cook is: Steak on the BBQ, with twice-baked potatoes and brussels sprouts with pancetta.
The one thing I can’t live without is: Wine
My favourite junk food is: Kettle chips cheddar and sour candies
My greatest indulgence is: Cars
My greatest weakness is: Cars!
My favourite cologne is: Tom Ford Noir
My favourite accessory is: I love a nice watch—Hublot, Bell & Ross, Panerai…
My favourite men’s designer is: Tom Ford, again
The worst thing about being an actor is: Losing your privacy
My worst habit is: Social media! (Follow him @danielcudmore)
The human quality I’d like to eradicate is: Greed
The human quality I’d like to see more of is: Empathy
My first job was: Pumping gas
What I miss most about Squamish: Being close to Whistler
The superpower I would like most to possess: Flight! So I don’t have to deal with small planes
Now tell us a little about your latest project: You play Colossus in X-Men: Days of Future Past. What’s new about the character in this sequel? Colossus is now at the point where he has to fight for his life and for his fellow mutants, which makes him a bit colder and battle-hardened.
What’s your favourite scene to film and why? I always love the physical scenes and some of the fight scenes were a blast to film.
How did you prepare for the role? I had to get back to a physical shape that I wanted for the character with only a short amount of time to do it in. I only had two-and-a-half weeks to train. To get in shape, I did two workouts a day—one cardio, one strength—and kept to a very strict diet.