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    "Eternals" Star Brian Tyree Henry Thought He'd Be Forced To Lose Weight To Play A Superhero

    "It's unlike any feeling I've ever experienced."

    Eternals is one of the most talked-about movies in Hollywood right now and it stars Brian Tyree Henry as one of the film's titular heroes.

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    Brian plays Phastos, one of the smartest people in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a genius inventor.

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    But when the 39-year-old actor was first approached about the role by director Chloé Zhao and producer Nate Moore, Brian had some reservations, specifically concerning his physique.

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    Brian revealed during a press conference, "I remember the first time that they were like, 'So, we want you to be a superhero.' I was like, 'Cool. How much weight do I have to lose?'"

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    To which Chloé responded, "What are you talking about? We want you exactly as you are."

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    Brian couldn't help but reflect on how much that moment meant to him: "To be a Black man, to have someone look at you and say, 'We want you exactly the way you are,' is unlike anything that I've ever felt."

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    This triggered memories for him, like when 11-year-old Brian would hang superhero posters in his locker hoping that "one day there would be somebody representing me and the way that I am."

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    "I truly believe that that moment started when I sat down with Chloé," added Brian, who also plays Marvel's first openly gay hero. "It's unlike any feeling I've ever experienced."

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    To see Brian make his childhood dreams come true, check him out as Phastos in Eternals, which is in theaters now!