- Filipino-American actor Jacob Batalon who’s known to play Spider-Man’s best friend in the latest Marvel movies recently celebrated his 24th birthday
- As a way to celebrate his birthday, Jacob surprised netizens with a photo of him showing off his trim figure
- Jacob was first seen in the Spider man movie as the chubby guy—but not anymore!
If you’re a fan of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, there is a high chance that you know Jacob Batalon — the guy who played Peter Parker’s best friend in the latest Spider-Man movie, and one of the Filipino pride in the Hollywood scene.
Jacob Batalon was born in Hawai’i to Filipino migrant parents. He rose to stardom when he landed the role of Ned Leeds in the Marvel movies Spider-Man and was seen on Infinity War. Jacob is known as the funny and chubby best friend of Spider-Man — but he isn’t that chubby guy anymore.
For his 24th birthday, Jacob shocks fans and netizens when he posted a picture of himself showing off his impressive weight loss transformation. Jacob was wearing a brown corduroy jacket with nothing underneath it.
The photo of Jacob was captioned: “Don’t try to get at me… imma be vibin all day [emojis], by the way, while I appreciate the concern, people can stop telling me to lose weight now.”
Jacob has over 1.3 million followers on Instagram, and before showing his weight transformation, he posted a photo from 2019 that showed his figure prior to the weight loss. Fans began noticing his slimmer figure when Jacob posted a photo of himself in a polo shirt and maong shorts last August.
Fans will be able to see Jacob’s new look on the big screen as the third installment of the movie series by Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures is set to start in Atlanta, Georgia, in the U.S. later this October. It was confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays the role of Doctor Strange, will be part of the movie.
Jacob visited the Philippines last year and received a warm welcome from Pinoy fans.
“Filipinos are really a proud people and I’m very proud and love you all for being proud of me. This is all very overwhelming for me,” he said in an interview.