Sam Claflin does not need nor want to be photoshopped.
The "Me Before You" star shared a fake photo of himself to make a point that image manipulation has gone too far.
"This picture has been following me around for some years, and well, there are many people I want to thank for it," he began his caption on the photo that made its way around the internet.
"Firstly, the person who dedicated a lot of time and hard work training and sculpting their body to within an inch of its life. Seriously, well done! Secondly, the person who dedicated a lot of time and effort into resizing and reshaping my face so it fits on that body. I can only assume it's no easy feat, so congratulations must go to you too—for making this look even remotely realistic," he continued.
He then addressed the fans who have been swooning over this deceptive photo.
"And lastly, to everyone who actually believed (if even for a second) that this could be me. Wow. Bless you. Like, really, really thank you. I'm flattered," he wrote. "But it isn't me. It never was me. Don't get me wrong, I have worked out before, and I really like it when I do, but to THIS extent? Not something I've done yet. Maybe one day, eh?"
The Instagram post ended with a note about how he won't be spending time at the gym, because he's a father. Sam and his wife Laura Haddock welcomed their son in December 2015.
He explained, "Right now, I'm enjoying my work, and being a Dad for the first time, and it's getting way too close to Christmas for me to spend any free time I DO have in the gym. But bless you. #dadbod #imhappyasme #imhappyasmeandyoushouldbetoo #merrychristmas #photoshopphonies."
This of course isn't the first time that Sam has opened up about his body. In June 2016, Sam admitted that he dropped 42 pounds to get ready for the role of Will Traynor in "Me Before You."
"I had to get myself in peak physical condition to play Will before the accident, and that came along with at least one long and hard daily session in the gym and a very strict diet, with little sleep," Sam wrote on Instagram along with this incredibly fit photo of himself at the time.
Just like he did with the fake photo, he addressed the reality of what it took to look like this image.
"A lot of people struggle with every day life, and do it alone, I was fortunate to have a wonderful support network around me, guiding me through the process step by step," he shared. "I'm not saying I'm a hero. I'm merely saying I found it tough and therefore appreciate what other people go through."
And we appreciate Sam for being so candid about his body image, dad bad or not!
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