Think Jim Carrey's new role in the comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" was just business as usual? Think again: The 51-year-old comedian dropped a bunch of weight to play the role of a svelte illusionist.
And no, he didn't like it.
"It's not a happy place to be," he told People over the weekend, adding that he's happy now that he's got his stomach -- "Mr. Cuddly" - back. "It looks great. It's fantastic and gets a lot of attention, but you have to eat, like, antimatter to stay in that kind of shape."
We had no idea he'd go to such lengths for a simple movie role. But, he's hardly the first - and definitely not the last - celeb to go to extreme measures to drop weight for an acting job.
Hugh Jackman dropped 25 lbs. to play Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" - and the role required him to take on some pretty miserable tasks to achieve that weight loss.
"I was spending even longer in the gym - like three hours in the gym - because I needed to be as emaciated as possible," he said earlier this year.
"I'd wake up and do 45 minutes of cardio on an empty stomach, eat something, go to the gym, do a vocal warm-up, and then after lunch I'd go back to the gym again."
He also deprived himself of food and water for 36 hours to film a few pivotal scenes. That's dedication.
Jackman's "Les Mieserables" co-star, Anne Hathaway, also copped to a starvation diet to play Fantine in the Oscar-winning film. At first, Hathaway said she ate oatmeal paste, but eventually she admitted that she stopped eating during her shooting schedule.
"I just had to stop eating for a total of 13 days shooting," she said. The starvation also caused her to break her arm on set.
Matthew McConaughey looked like a mere shell of his beefcake self when he dropped 38 lbs. in 2012 to play an AIDS patient in "The Dallas Buyers Club."
Luckily, he's back to gaining weight.
"I feel good now," the 43-year-old father of three said earlier this year. "Overall, [I] probably got 35 percent less energy.
He acknowledged it wasn't a healthy way to do things, but he looked at it as a challenge and a "spiritual cleanse."
"I just kinda dared myself," he said. "I haven't been this light since I was in the ninth grade."
That's not a good thing, Matthew.
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