Nick McKinless

Stunts, Actor, Director

Years Active

1999 - Present

Known For

Transformers: The Last Knight
Fury
Edge of Tomorrow
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

McKinless played the role of Ares - one of the mythical Greek Gods of the DC universe - in the film Justice League (2017). Director Zack Snyder demanded McKinless sport 'veins like worms and paper thin skin' so it required a very different kind of training for McKinless than what he was used to. After years of athletic and strength based training, McKinless had to quickly learn a lot about bodybuilding and body-composition training in a short duration, which he did on his own without any assistance from a trainer or coach. McKinless admitted that while his ultra-vascular and hyper-shredded look "wasn't particularly healthy", it was the goal he set for himself and achieved it with great difficulty and dedication eventually reaching 6% body-fat and 220 pounds of muscle mass.

He followed a super-strict diet and punishing workout routine which included over 40 cans of tuna per week. He started with a month of very strict dieting, followed by a month of dropping all carbs and a few weeks before filming began, he dropped to a daily intake of between 1200-1500 calories to achieve the balance between maintaining his muscle mass while still burning fat. He was also doing 40 kilometers (25 miles) of cardio per week (both High Intensity Interval Training as well as steady state cardio) to dramatically drop his body fat level and intensify his muscle definition.

In the finished film, McKinless height was digitally enhanced to tower over the rest of the characters and his voice and face were replaced with that of actor David Thewlis who also portrayed Ares in Wonder Woman (2017). McKinless has said that he will probably never get so lean again as he did for this film and that it was a great honor to play this role.

filmography

2018
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

    Additional stunt coordinator

2017
  • Justice League

    Stunt Performer

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    Stunt Coordinator

  • Transformers: The Last Knight

    Stunt Coordinator

  • Alien: Covenant

    Stunt Coordinator

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Stunt Coordinator

2016
  • Assassin's Creed

    Stunt Performer

  • The Grand Tour

    Stunt Coordinator

  • The Legend of Tarzan

    Stunt Performer

  • The Hollow Crown

    Stunts

2014
  • Furry

    Assistant stunt coordinator

  • Game of Thrones

    Stunt Performer

  • Edge of Tomorrow

    Stunt Performer

  • Maleficent

    Stunt Performer

  • Da Vinci's Demons

    Stunt Performer

2013
  • 2013 Fast & Furious 6

    Stunt Performer

  • Java Heat

    Stunt Coordinator

2012
  • Merlin

    stunt Performer

  • Dark Shadows

    Stunt Performer

2011
  • Captain America: The First Avenger

    Stunt Performer

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Stunt Double

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

    Stunt Performer

  • Coriolanus

    fight choreographer

2010
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    Stunt Double

  • Ashes to Ashes

    Stunt Performer

  • Robin Hood

    Stunt Performer

  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

    Stunt Performer

  • Clash of the Titans

    Stunt Performer

2009
  • Feral

    Stunt Coordinator

  • Sherlock holmes

    fight choreographer

  • The Descent: Part 2

    stunt crawler

  • Primeval

    Stunt Performer

2008
  • Quantum of Solace

    Stunt Performer

  • RocknRolla

    Stunts

  • EastEnders

    Stunt Performer

  • The Dark Knight

    Stunt Performer

  • The Color of Magic

    Stunt Performer

Gallery of Work