Actors go on crazy diets all the time to look their best for an important role. You had Christian Bale eating just one apple and a can of tuna a day to drop over 60 pounds for his role in The Machinist. Gerard Butler completely transformed his body for the film 300, and he claims it was one of the hardest things he’s ever done.
And after listening to Alexander Skarsgard’s experience while filming The Legend of Tarzan, we’re beginning to think some of these actors do deserve those insane paychecks.
To get in the best shape of his life for the movie, Skarsgard had to first gain weight and then spent several months on an extreme diet to reveal all the muscle he had gained. During an interview with Mr. Porter’s The Journal, the 39-year-old actor revealed he gained 25 pounds by eating close to 7,000 calories a day, which he probably should have enjoyed more than he did.
Because after that, the real pain kicked in. After eating big and lifting heavy, the actor’s trainer forced him to go on a strict diet, which basically involved cutting out every delicious thing from his meal plan. No sugar, no gluten, no alcohol…no fun.
Chicken and veggies all day. He trained twice a day and ate six small meals every single day. And while eating six meals might sound like a lot, he told Conan that the meals were so incredibly small. He was thinking about food all the time.
“I had to eat every three hours, which meant I spent the entire day thinking about food. When I finished the meal, I would go, ‘All right. 2 hours and 55 minutes ’til my next meal.”
And then finally, after months of this brutal diet, he was able to relax and stuff his face. Or so he thought, check out the video below to hear why the torture was extended for another month.