Stepping Into Character

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Too many times we flick over to watch our favorite celebrities in their next role and are surprised by the severe body alteration that has occurred.

Whether it’s gaining 20kg for the latest blockbuster film or not eating for a week to achieve Anne Hathaway’s slim build in Les Miserables, these celebrities are certainly dedicated to their craft.

Embodying a character and capturing the real essence of another human being is difficult enough and on top of this these Hollywood actors are expected to cut their portions or double their fat intake.

It was rumored that Hathaway only ate two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day in the week leading up to shooting the film, so that she could achieve the gaunt figure of Fantine in Les Miserables.

 Just like any other competition, gaining and losing weight for these lead roles is all for that gold and shiny prize at the end, the Oscar.

But is it right to applaud the mental strength of these actors or should we be focusing on the long-term effects?

These diets are commonly known as “yo yo” diets which include a short-term solution that ends up increasing your body fat levels over time.

The Better Health Channel said “your body responds to these periods of semi starvation by lowering its metabolic rate”.

They also said this kind of eating pattern can effect long term general health, with just one cycle of weight loss or gain increasing the risk of coronary heart disease.

Blockbuster stars like Matthew McConaughey have also turned to not so strict diets in an effort to gain the pounds for his Oscar winning role. revealed that McConaughey had to gain around 47 pounds, which is around 21kg to secure his role in popular movie “Gold”.

It was only three short years before this McConaughey was stripping down to a slim 60 kg for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, where he played AIDS patient Ron Woodroff.

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He spoke to Daily Mail UK about the weight loss and said “‘you have to reprogramme all of your habits, and the days get so long. You think it must be lunchtime already, and it’s only 9.30 in the morning”.

Although having a diet of pizza and cheeseburgers might be fun it has proved quite destructive to several high profile celebrities.

Renne Zellweger stacked on the weight twice for her renown role in Bridget Jones and according to “I had a panic attack with all the specialists talking about how bad this is for you long-term, putting on that much weight in short periods of time,” Zellweger says.

We spoke to local Kinky Boots actor, Joe Kosky who also had to adjust for his role in the theatre show.

Although he wasn’t a slim build to begin with Kosky had to ensure his body was big and boisterous resembling his character Don in the show.

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 Keeping his facial hair, was also a must.

“It wouldn’t have made sense if he (Don) were a beautiful looking body builder and I try and do plenty of weights training to keep size on it that way”, he said.

Mr Kosky assured he hadn’t turned to drinking or smoking cigarettes so he positioned himself to take the healthier alternative amongst the crazy Hollywood weight gain fads.

As Hollywood actors continue to trim down or size up for their next role we will wait patiently to see what big change will appear next.  



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