New Zealand actor Manu Bennett got his start in the 1990s, first appearing in the Australian series Paradise Beach. After various guest appearances, he landed the role of Jack Hewitt in the New Zealand soap opera Shortland Street. He next made his film debut in the Australian feature Lantana. After this he starred in the New Zealand show Street Legal. He later pursued a career in Hollywood, appearing in the film The Marine.
He next had roles in other Hollywood films, such as The Condemned and 30 Days of Night. His career in Hollywood flourished in the 2010s. First, he became known for his role as Crixus in Spartacus. He also played Azog the Defiler in The Hobbit film trilogy. Further recognition came thanks to his role as Slade Wilson / Deathstroke in Arrow. Simultaneously, he also played Allanon The Warlock Lord in the short-lived series The Shannara Chronicles.
He may be a busy man with his latest works and other projects but the actor remains engaged in his workout routine. For one, Manu acknowledges that his appearance – all buff and ripped, makes him suitable for roles that require much action. He said: “I’m a physical actor. Those are the roles I’m prominently known for. I’ve had to put myself into a physical state that is super competitive so I can look right wielding a sword or taking on WWE wrestlers.”
Meanwhile, being more famous and all, it’s harder for him to find the time to exercise. “Well, my time in the gym is not what it used to be! I usually try to hit the gym at 5 in the morning or at 7:30 at night, which are not my favorite times to work out, but it’s all the schedule allows right now,” he said. In the present, the actor tries other means of workout. He revealed: “I’m also doing a lot of hot yoga, which helps lengthen the muscles and really centers me. I’m not worried about building a lot of muscle just yet.”