The Dorito-Donut Diet: How Stars Gain Weight for Roles
by Cassandra Evanas
Matt Damon, Jared Leto and other illustrious celebs have all gained weight for movie roles, ranging from an extra 10 pounds to a whopping 60 pounds. I have to admit, I get awfully jealous whenever I hear about stars getting paid to pack on the pounds. Here I am, eating bird food and sweating through spin class to keep my jeans from getting snug and they’re binging their way to box office and Oscar gold. But after seeing some of the diets they follow to fatten up—especially considering they have to eat this way for months at a time—suddenly a sensible salad doesn’t seem all that bad.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .