Darius Dar-Khan: From "Sport of Thrones" to Gold's Gymnasium

The actor and fitness model Darius Dar-Khan, who gained international acclaim for the cast of the epic series Game of Thrones, is long, lean, muscular and exotic-looking, a consequence of his Iranian origins. However, he was born and raised in London, England, and it is there that he began his career.

As a teenager, probably nobody would have foreseen that Darius would one day be cast as a muscular action hero. “I was six feet tall, but very thin,” he says. “Then I started going to a gym to gain some muscle mass with workouts that I saw published in magazines like Muscle & Fitness and Flex. But while admiring top bodybuilders like Dorian Yates and Mike Christian, I knew I lacked the genetics to build that type of body. Instead, I looked at people like Fabio or Jean-Claude Van Damme as examples of those who used bodybuilding methods to create very wholesome, muscular and defined bodies. "

Darius admired bodybuilders like Mike Christian, but knew he lacked the genetics to create this type of body. Bill DobbinsDarius Dar-Khan-GoldsGym2 Darius Dar-Khan brings intensity to both his training and acting. Bill DobbinsSharonBruneau-BillDobbinsstudio "data-fallback-img =" https://www.muscleandfitness.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/SharonBruneau-BillDobbinsstudio.jpg?quality=86&strip=all "width =" 200 "height = "251" /><span class= Darius is a big fan of Sharon Bruneau. They are both fit, muscular, and exotic looking. Bill Dobbins

Darius is also a huge fan of bodybuilder Sharon Bruneau. He thinks that they have a lot in common – such as model bodies with additional muscles and muscles as well as eye-catching and very exotic looks.

As a teenager, Darius excelled in athletics and swimming, and he had a background in disciplined athletic training. By the time he decided to start serious strength training, he already had the work ethic he needed, but by this point needed more information about specific bodybuilding workouts and diets. And this is where the study of bodybuilding magazines came in.

Darius Dar-Khan-GoldsGym3 When he started strength training, Darius studied muscle & fitness and flex training articles – most of which were illustrated with photos taken at Gold’s Gym in Venice. Bill Dobbins

“When I was seventeen, I started focusing on weight training in a gym,” he explains, “and by nineteen my muscles and definition had improved so much that I got fitness modeling jobs on the catwalk and my photos in top There were fashion magazines and commercials. "Between his modeling assignments, Darius worked for a bouncer at one of London's top nightclubs and as a bodyguard for billionaire Richard Branson." Having a more muscular build while not being the size of a competitive bodybuilder has many doors for me opened."

Darius Dar-Khan-GoldsGym4 "Having a more muscular build even though I wasn't the size of a competitive bodybuilder has opened a lot of doors for me as a model and now as an actor." Bill DobbinsDarius Dar-Khan-Gold & # 39; sGym5 The preferred weapons in the gym include barbells, not swords or spears. Bill Dobbins

At this point, acting wasn't one of his main goals, but sometimes life chooses you rather than the other way around. While participating in a bodybuilding competition, he met a friend who knew a talent agent, the friend put them together, and Darius was signed up as a client. “I wanted to make the most of the opportunity, so I started taking acting classes. So when the opportunity arose to be cast in Game of Thrones, I had at least some acting training and experience. "

It turned out that there was not much competition for the role of the warrior "Khal Quorro". Darius had a unique look and it turned out to be exactly what the production was looking for. In fact, he was so right for the role that he didn't even have to wear a wig to portray the character – his thick black hair was exactly what the show was looking for.

The filming took place in rthern Ireland, and Darius says it was just as rough and challenging as it looks on TV. He did his best to maintain the necessary level of physical training and maintained his definition by watching his diet very carefully. desserts and other pastries made by handicrafts. Game of Thrones was such an international success, and it received so much attention and promotion, that Darius (as well as others like Arnold and Jean-Claude) decided that his next stop would be Hollywood. So he made plans to move to California and looked for American agents and managers to continue his career.

“I was always aware of the importance and tradition of Gold’s gym in Venice,” says Darius, “so I was really happy when I received the offer to take photos for an article about muscle & fitness at Gold’s. Many of the exercise articles in the magazines I trained myself in were illustrated with photos taken in Gold’s gym. I was thrilled when I walked in because of all of the top professional bodybuilders that are training or have trained at this gym. But people like gym manager Jeff Suender, world champion Helle Trevino, legendary trainer Charles Glass and professional fitness and figure champion Arina Manta welcomed me and made me feel at home. "

Darius Dar-Khan-GoldsGym6 Darius says a highlight of his Gold visit was meeting legendary trainer Charles Glass. Bill DobbinsDarius Dar-Khan-Gold & # 39; sGym7 Gold & # 39; s Gym, Venice manager Jeff Suender was pleased to welcome Darius Dar Khan to a photo shoot in the gym. Bill Dobbins

"I was also photographed by Bill Dobbins, who has been taking fitness pictures at Gold’s for decades. So I really felt that I was in the best of hands. "

Regarding his future, Darius Dar Khan would like to be able to change muscle mass or definition as a particular acting role requires. “There are roles that require increased muscle mass and others that require a leaner, leaner look. I've seen Hollywood actors seem able to radically change their bodies as needed, so I plan to do the same. The best way to do this is by using basic bodybuilding training and diet methods. Bodybuilding training and nutrition is about being able to control body composition – bigger, smaller, more or less defined and muscular. "

“I saw an interview with Russell Crowe, who is known to change his body a lot for certain roles in a movie. He said that an actor's body is just one of many tools he has to credibly create different types of characters. So while I continue to develop my acting skills, I will continue to go to the gym to develop and maintain my body. "

Darius Dar-Khan_GameofThrones1 Selfie of Darius with Emilia Clark – The Khaleesi from Game of Thrones. @ dariusdarkhanactormodel / Instagram

Darius Dar Khan's website is www.dariusdarkhan.com.

His Instagram is dariusdarkhanactormodel.

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