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Zachary Levi How Breakthrough Therapy Helped Him Get the Role of Shazam – The Hollywood Reporter


Zachary Levi credits a breakthrough in therapy and personal healing for helping him land the superhero role Shazam.

while appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon To promote his role in the tournament Shazam! Wrath of the GodsLevy said he initially decided not to audition for any role in the DC franchise in part because he was battling personal demons.

“I was in a kind of dark place in my life at that point. Then fast-forward about a month and a half later, and I’m in this very intensive, life-saving therapy, and I’m learning how to love myself, really, for the first time in my life, and I have it all,” Levy recalls.

But after also telling his agents that he was taking a break in the middle of his treatment amid progress in recovery, Levy nonetheless agreed to audition for a supporting role in the first Shazam film.

While doing so, the Hollywood actor was told by executives that he had to get to the top. “In basically one week, I ended up going from auditioning for this whole other role to saying, ‘Hey, we think you’re our Shazam,'” Levy recalled.

So, finding himself in a better place due to his treatment, Levi flew to Los Angeles, had a second audition and in one week he was offered the role of Shazam. “It’s an indication of when we’re doing the real work of healing ourselves, helping others heal themselves, for that’s where all good things come from. That’s where that blessing came down in my life,” he insisted.

Wrath of the Gods It is the twelfth installment in the DC Extended Universe, and the first to be released since director James Gunn Shazam! Producer Peter Safran has been named Co-President of DC Studios, home to some of the most popular superheroes in comic book history.

Joanna Swanson

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