Magic Mike star and super hottie Alex Pettyfer is busy promoting the new film but in between, found some time to take a few sexy shots for Men’s Health UK and talk about his insane training regiment for the new film. But, he admits to the mag that he may have gone a bit overboard with beefing up. In fact, producers told him that he was “too big.” After his new training routine, Alex added 27lbs to his frame but had to lose some of it to play novice stripper, Adam.

Now that he isn’t filming the movie, Alex is taking a break from intensive training. “When you eat and train as a sportsman I found it very enjoyable. But at the same time, it was hard, particularly at the start and I still remember not wanting to be in the gym. That’s why I don’t want to train at the moment.”

Alex may only be 22, but he’s quite ambitious. He already has a production company and one day, wants to be a Hollywood film director. When making big life decisions, Alex looks to his father for inspiration. “My dad’s one of my biggest heroes. I also think Paul Newman’s an inspiration. I know a lot of people say that, but I love that he’s a great role model and a humanitarian. I admire people who don’t necessarily want to change the world, but try to make it a better environment.”

For more, pick up the issue when it hits stands July 2.