How Celebrity Trainers Got Scarlett Johansson, Olivia Cooke & More In Shape

Hi, I’m Ryan Johnson, and I’m Eric Johnson. Together, we’re the brothers and founders of Homage. We specialize in training actors for some pretty cool roles.

In one instance, we worked with 𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏 for her role as Major in “Ghost in the Shell.” Scarlett portrayed a cyborg, and one of the most memorable scenes involved her character ripping her arms off her cyborg body during a climactic battle sequence. To achieve the physicality required for the role, we focused intensely on Scarlett’s back, deltoids, and posterior chain during our training sessions.

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We had an eight-week preparation period before principal photography began, during which we trained five to six days per week. Throughout the six-month filming period, our training regimen remained rigorous, helping Scarlett develop the strength and muscle definition necessary for her character.

The pull-up exercise played a significant role in 𝑺𝒄𝒂𝒓𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕 𝑱𝒐𝒏𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒔𝒐𝒏’s training, allowing us to target her lats and widen her back for that cinematic impact. By the end of filming, Scarlett’s physical transformation was so impressive that the director decided to include a scene specifically showcasing her back.

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We also had the privilege of working with Olivia Cooke for her role as Art3mis in Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One.” With only six weeks to prepare, we focused on movement flow, jump training, and impact absorption to equip Olivia for the dynamic stunts required in the film.

Recognizing the importance of injury prevention, we tailored Olivia’s training to address vulnerabilities commonly faced by women in action scenes. Through focused exercises and proper technique, Olivia developed the strength and agility needed to execute demanding stunts safely.

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Our work extended to Seann William Scott’s role as a hockey enforcer in “Goon 2: The Last of the Enforcers.” With just six weeks to prepare, we trained Seann to fight as a southpaw, requiring a complete shift in his fighting stance and technique. Through intensive training sessions focusing on power punches and movement coordination, Seann mastered the physicality required for his character.

Finally, we assisted Ben Platt in preparing for his role in “The Politician.” After portraying a socially anxious character on Broadway, Ben sought to embody confidence and strength for his new role. Through mobility drills, strength training, and posture correction exercises, Ben transformed his physique and posture, ensuring he looked his best for the show’s opening scenes.

At Homage, we take pride in our ability to help actors transform both physically and mentally for their roles, ensuring they deliver captivating performances on screen.



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