Post # 1
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Can anyone guess who that is?
This is disturbing and gross. I also think it is very sad that stars have to do this to themselves for money. He was so good looking this makes me loose respect for him.
Post # 3
How does this make you lose respect for him? Because he altered his looks in a way that is less attractive?
Post # 4
I don’t think he is doing it for money, it’s for a film role. I think if anything he make more money by buffing up and doing a mindless action hero flick blowing shit up. Clearly he doesn’t intend to stay that way and will gain the weight back. I hope the role is worth is.
Post # 5
That is what acting looks like, sometimes you have to take drastic measures to achieve a look requried for a character, jus like lawyers read case law before a trial and athletes train for the olympics, it’s what dedication looks like.
Post # 6
@figgnewton: Yeah it freaked me out!! It’s Matthew McConaghey (spelling?!).
I dunno, on one hand if you can starve yourself for a bit, under the intense supervision of doctors, and make a few million, then why not. I might. I probably couldn’t since I love food so much but yeah. Anne Hathaway did it too recently.
On the other hand yeah it is a bit bizarre, but I guess it doesn’t affect me so whatever.
Post # 7
@jjmomma: That he would drop down to such an unhealthy weight. Maybe “loosing respect” was the wrong way to put it.
Post # 8
My only concern when stars do this is the lasting results on their bodies. In the article he mentions that he was lacking energy etc which likely means he wasn’t getting the proper nutrition. This cannot be healthy, regardless of the reasons or motivations.
Post # 9
I just think it is more sad then anything. They shouldn’t have to do this to their bodies.
Post # 10
I volunteer at hospital a couple days a week and read about this in one of their trashy celeb mags (secretly love them), and it said that he was doing this to act in the role of a patient with AIDS. Also that he was doing it under very close supervision and just eating a high protein diet, and that (apparently) his Mom said he feels fine! 😉 Anyway, I think I’d do it too for a few mil.. If a doctor said I had the go ahead and that it wouldn’t hurt my body in the long run.
Post # 11
He’s an actor, acting is competitive, you do what you need to do (within reason) to maintain a career where roles are advancing your work. Christian Bale, Tom Hanks, Adrien Brody, Renee Zellwegger, all have altered their weight for performances under the guidance of medical professionals.
Remember how thin Natalie Portman got for Black Swan?
Post # 12
Check out Christian Bale in The Machinist…sometimes it’s what they have to do
Post # 13
How is this different from Anne Hathaway eating one random cracker a day in order to do Fantine?
Post # 14
He doesn’t “have” to do this to himself “for money.” He chose to do this because he’s playing an AIDS patient in a film. I actually respect him more for it. I can’t imagine how difficult that would be, and seeing someone so high profile and recognizable go through that sort of transformation helps to bring home the horror of the disease. Other actors have gone to comparable extremes in roles as Holocaust victims, etc. I don’t really understand your objections.
Post # 15
I admire his dedication to the role — that is a significant amount of weight to lose. No, he doesn’t look healthy — but he’s not supposed to. As long as he feels mentally and physically fine, I don’t think it matters what he or another person does to their body (save for eating disorders).
Post # 16
I don’t get what the issue is here. He’s an actor; lots of actors change their appearance for a role.