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Actor Patrick Wilson, St. Petersburg native, is ripped now

The ‘Aquaman 2′ star looks very different these days.
Actor Patrick Wilson, left, and director James Wan posed for a photo on the Aquaman 2 set.
Actor Patrick Wilson, left, and director James Wan posed for a photo on the Aquaman 2 set. [ Screenshot, James Wan's Instagram ]
Published Sep. 7

Is that Tom Hanks’ Cast Away body double? A remake of The Passion of the Christ?

Turns out the man behind the scraggly beard and washboard abs is Aquaman actor (and St. Pete native) Patrick Wilson, reprising his role as Orm Marius.

Aquaman 2 director James Wan posted a behind-the-scenes photo from set alongside Wilson on Monday. The caption reads, “I found this guy @thereelpatrickwilson stranded on a desert beach, doing his Cast Away impression. #Aquaman.”

Naturally, folks on Twitter had something to say about it.

“Patrick Wilson complained that he worked out so much for the first movie and didn’t get a shirtless scene,” wrote @AtheistjLiz. “Now he has one and that’s beautiful.”

It isn’t the first time Wilson has gone a little viral. In 2020, the actor trended on Twitter after someone tweeted pictures of his face with the caption, “the mf really said i’m gonna be in a million movies but absolutely refuse to be famous.”

Related: Patrick Wilson, aka ‘that guy,’ goes viral: ‘My plan has been thwarted’

Wilson’s dad is retired Tampa Bay anchorman John Wilson, his brother is current Fox 13 anchor Mark Wilson. Before he went on to star in hits like The Phantom of the Opera, Watchmen and Aquaman, he graduated from Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg.

Want to see more of him like this? You’ll have to wait until December 16, 2022, the estimated Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom release date.