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The Dorito-Donut Diet: How Stars Gain Weight for Roles

  • The Informant

    Matt Damon, The Informant

    Movie Role: Mark Whitacre, The Informant

    Weight Gained: 30 pounds

    Foods Consumed: In interviews, he’s listed dark beer, Doritos, and Mickey D’s Value Meals—eaten in between meals on the set—as part of his plump-up plan. 

  • Chapter 27

    Jared Leto, Chapter 27

    Movie Role: Mark David Chapman, Chapter 27

    Weight Gained: 60 pounds

    Foods Consumed: To prepare himself for the movie, the usually-slim Leto gorged on entire large Domino’s pizzas for dinner. He also ate whole ice cream pints microwaved and mixed with olive oil and soy sauce. 

  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    Megan Fox, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    Movie Role: Mikaela Banes, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

    Weight Gained: 10 pounds

    Foods Consumed: Deemed too skinny for the sequel by director Michael Bay, Fox was ordered to put on a few pounds. She did this by eating three meals a day (instead of the usual one … yeah, that’s right, one) and having red velvetcake  at night. 

  • Bridget Jones's Diary

    Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jones’s Diary

    Movie Role: Bridget Jones, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones’s Diary: The Edge of Reason (and the upcoming third installment)

    Weight Gained: About 30 pounds

    Foods Consumed: Zellweger keeps mostly mum about what she ate to prep for both movies, but rumors run the gamut, with everything from pizza and chocolate to spirulina and flax oil shakes. 

  • Syriana

    George Clooney, Syriana

    Movie Role: Bob Barnes, Syriana

    Weight Gained: 35 pounds

    Foods Consumed: Clooney reportedly noshed on donuts and chips and completely stopped exercising, which was hard for the naturally-active actor and made him depressed during filming. 

  • Raging Bull

    Robert DeNiro, Raging Bull

    Movie Role: Jake La Motta, Raging Bull

    Weight Gained: 60 pounds

    Foods Consumed: He was the first actor to dramatically change his body for a role. According to director Martin Scorcese, production was halted for four months so DeNiro could eat huge plates of pasta and buttery delicacies at French restaurants. 

  • Cadillac Records

    Beyoncé Knowles, Cadillac Records

    Movie Role: Etta James, Cadillac Records

    Weight Gained: Almost 15 pounds

    Foods Consumed: To make her body match the curvier Etta James, Knowles reached for macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and butter pecan ice cream. 

  • Cop Land

    Sylvester Stallone, Cop Land

    Movie Role: Sheriff Freddy Heflin, Cop Land

    Weight Gained: 40 pounds

    Foods Consumed: Stallone became a daily diner at a local pancake restaurant known for its huge pancakes.

  • Body of Lies

    Russell Crowe, Body of Lies

    Movie Role: Ed Hoffman, Body of Lies

    Weight Gained: 63 pounds

    Foods Consumed: He ditched his Gladiator-tight bod and went doughy by eating cheeseburgers for breakfast and copious amounts of Sprinkles cupcakes. 

  • Nine

    Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson, Nine

    Movie Role: Saraghina, Nine

    Weight Gained: 13 pounds

    Foods Consumed: Fergie said in an interview that she and costar Penelope Cruz ate “everything fried and full of fat and salty.” One of her favorite go-to dishes was fish and chips, specifically. 

  • Monster

    Charlize Theron, Monster

    Movie Role: Aileen, Monster

    Weight Gained: 28 pounds

    Foods Consumed: Theron became completely unrecognizable in this role, partly due to noshing on Krispy Kreme donuts and potato chips . 


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