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GQ Q&A with Ramin Karimloo

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Ramin Karimloo is a surprising stage actor beyond looking more action hero than chorus boy. He doesn't really like showtunes and has never seen The Wizard of Oz. ("I don't even know what Judy Garland sounds like.") But that doesn't mean he takes those roles less seriously. In fact, he got swole as part of the job. Method acting is a technique in which actors aspire to complete identification with their characters. For Karimloo, that even means customizing workouts: If Jean Valjean or Gleb-Karimloo's current posting in Anastasia-strutted into an Equinox in 2017, how would he break a sweat? I've been referring to Karimloo's workout as "method ab-ing," and at least two people have laughed.

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