Finn Jones on Reading Buddhist Philosophy for "Iron Fist," Workout Routine

Finn Jones has confirmed that he's started his training for the role of Iron Fist/Danny Rand in the upcoming Netflix series.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the "Game of Thrones" star clarified that he hasn't tried on the Iron Fist suit yet, but says he has begun his physical -- and spiritual -- training: "At the moment I'm in the physical preparation for the role. Every day for the last month, I start my day with about two and a half hours of martial arts -- which is kung fu and wushu mixed with a bit of tai chi, and other stuff as well. In the afternoon I'll do weight training with a trainer to bulk me up and get my physically right for the part. And in evenings I've been doing meditation classes and learning buddhist philosophies."

He added, "I've always dreamed of a role that bridged spiritual discipline and badass superhero. This is the kind of role I've been waiting for for a long time. Now that it's happened, it's like a dream come true. I'm super excited."

Revealing his appreciation for the character of Iron Fist, Jones said, "I love the character. What really drew me was the character and the story. I really enjoy how he's a superhero with a real heart but has spiritual elements as well. I think it's going to be an exciting character to play because there's this contraction of on one hand he's from a very wealthy family, he's a billionaire, on the other hand he's been in this world of K'un-Lun for a long time where he's learned kung fu and buddhist philosophy. There's a contradiction in those elements that's going to be really fun to play."

Jones also noted how his "Game of Thrones" co-star Gwendoline Christie -- who portrayed Captain Phasma in "Star Wars: the Force Awakens" -- was among the first to congratulate him for the role: "[Christie] called and was like, 'Lots of emojis! Lots of really positive vibe emojis!'"

"Iron Fist" is expected to drop sometime next year on Netflix instant streaming.

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