Hollywood stars often go on extreme diets in their quest of realistic character portrayals. Recently, in fact, Tom Hanks announced that he had developed type 2 diabetes, which some health experts attributed in part to his fluctuating weight for various roles (click here for details). Now you can add Josh Brolin to the list of stars who suffered for his art: He lost 22 pounds in just two and a half days, reported USA Today on October 11.
Josh chose the extreme weight loss path to play a 20-year kidnapped hostage in Spike Lee's upcoming movie "Oldboy." And it was about as much fun as a root canal without anesthesia, even though Josh was enthusiastic about the concept.
"The idea of it was great. And then doing it was really painful," Josh confessed to Extra TV on October 11.
The role involved yo-yo dieting more drastic than anything Oprah Winfrey encountered during her infamous weight gains and losses.
First he had to gain 28 pounds in 10 days. And that was painful as well.
The abrupt weight gain "was not good, I mean really not good. It hurt," Josh said. “We gained 28 pounds in 10 days, because of salt.”
Then came the weight loss.
"We had to lose 22 pounds in 2½ days…It literally hurt," Josh said.
Although the weight gain might sound like a dieter's dream come true (endless rounds of hot fudge sundaes and French fries), it was not.
"People are like 'Oh, it must be fun and you get to eat all the time'…No, we were doing water weight, so we were figuring out ways just to hold the water as much as possible. I was like one big roly-poly bloat. So I was happy to lose it," Josh said.
Summing up the yo-yo diet experience, Josh made it clear that he considers it a "don't try this at home" experiment.
"I was actually just dumb," he now says.