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Now That He's Exercising, Kumail Nanjiani Has Never Felt Worse About Himself

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  • All right, let's talk about this movie.
  • You're hilarious in everything that you do.
  • Just the slightest-- just the way you say things.
  • Tell everybody what it's about.
  • So there's a movie coming out called Stuber.
  • You just saw the trailer.
  • That's me and Dave Bautista, who's
  • a big-- he's a big wrestler man.
  • Yes he is.
  • And the movie, it's a big fun action comedy, but really,
  • I feel like we're-- this is going to sound serious,
  • because it is--
  • I feel like we're in a time where masculinity
  • is under the microscope.
  • We're talking about how traditional masculinity has
  • caused all these problems for the world.
  • I really think a lot of problems in the world are caused by men.
  • And I think a big part of it I that--
  • I really do-- and I think a big part of it
  • is the only emotion that men feel
  • comfortable expressing, in general, is anger.
  • We've been told that that's the only manly emotion there is.
  • Sadness isn't manly.
  • Fear isn't considered manly.
  • Even joy can be turned into anger.
  • If you watch people at sports games, they're like, yeah,
  • and then they get really angry.
  • And I felt for many, many years I wasn't
  • in touch with those emotions.
  • I only felt comfortable showing anger.
  • And so this is a movie that really talks about that stuff.
  • It's about two very different kinds of men.
  • My character is a guy who doesn't
  • feel comfortable showing anger, but feels everything else,
  • and Dave is a guy who only can show anger, and nothing else.
  • So it's the two of us, these two different generations
  • of masculinity, sort of having a conversation the whole time.
  • And I had this problem--
  • like I said, I wasn't in touch with my--
  • I would have days where I would be angry all day,
  • and at the end of the day, I'd have a glass of water,
  • and I'd be like, oh, I was just thirsty--
  • all day.
  • I'd be yelling at people, honking--
  • get out of the way.
  • Then I had water, and I was like, oh, this was the problem.
  • Just dehydration.
  • Just dehydration, yeah.
  • So you're saying men should drink more water?
  • Definitely.
  • I think all men are dehydrated.
  • Yeah.
  • It's just that simple.
  • All right, we're going to take a break.
  • We'll be right back after this.
  • You spent a lot of time with Dave in the car--
  • a whole lot of time.
  • And as you said, he's a wrestler.
  • Did he teach you anything about--
  • what does he do to work out?
  • Everything.
  • His shoulders are the size of our heads combined.
  • He's such a big guy.
  • You know, it was finally-- it was good,
  • because usually we're always auditioning against each other
  • for the same role.
  • So it's good to finally be in a movie together.
  • Oh my god, why am I flexing?
  • That seems shameful.
  • Please.
  • No, it looks like you have a muscle there.
  • So I was in the car with Dave the whole time,
  • and he's just such a lovely, lovely sweet guy.
  • And he is an Adonis, so I kind of--
  • look at the size difference there.
  • So I just was like, how do you work out?
  • And he sort of got me started.
  • So now, I've started working out.
  • Look at him.
  • Yeah.
  • By the way, I'm wearing a shirt with his face on it.
  • And then his face is next to me too.
  • Wow, that is quite a body he's got there.
  • Yeah.
  • So are you doing stuff that he taught you how to do?
  • Yeah, so I started working out.
  • I've been trying to get a little bit bigger.
  • And I really am.
  • It's working.
  • But I am also-- people are like, do you
  • feel good about yourself?
  • I'm like, no, this is the most miserable
  • I've ever been in my life.
  • I've never felt worse about myself, Ellen.
  • Really?
  • No.
  • You don't like working out?
  • No.
  • I don't like it because it's painful.
  • Oh, and that's--
  • [LAUGHTER]
  • It hurts everywhere.
  • And everybody else at the gym is much bigger than me.
  • And I'm working out too.
  • Why are they bigger than me?
  • What's going on?
  • You need some water.
  • Have some water.
  • No, I don't need water.
  • OK, OK, OK, OK, OK.
  • Oh, god.
  • OK.
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • So is your wife happy about the working out?
  • She does like it, but I really--
  • I am in constant pain.
  • So like right now, I could cry very easily.
  • I didn't cry for like a good 15 years, and now I cry--
  • any movie I watch.
  • I cry at cooking shows.
  • And I could cry right now, but I'm not going to.
  • Oh, OK.
  • You can, if you want to.
  • I don't think I want to right now.
  • OK, all right.
  • It's up to you.
  • It's your choice.
  • We're out of time anyway, so you don't have time--
  • Oh, we are?
  • --to cry.
  • Oh, now I want to cry.
  • OK.
  • Don't look at me like that.
  • I'm trying to give you time.
  • All right.
  • Stuber opens in theaters everywhere on July 12.
  • We'll be right back.

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Kumail Nanjiani chatted with Ellen about his new movie "Stuber," and how his co-star and former pro wrestler Dave Bautista got him to start working out. But the comedian admitted that now that he's in better shape and works out regularly, he's never felt more miserable in his life.