Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd acquired a muscle-bound physique for his superhero role in upcoming comic book adaptation THE Fantastic Four without paying a visit to the gym.

The King Arthur heart-throb was delighted to discover his MR FANTASTIC costume is specially shaped to bulk the wearer up to superhero proportions.

The 31-year-old says, "I didn't have to do much because it has all been done with visual effects.

"For the first time in my life I have pecs, a six-pack and these biceps - it was just great. I wanted to take the suit home with me every night!" he jokes."

17/03/2005 14:00