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

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

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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. 

Photo: The Informant

Jared Leto, Chapter 27

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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. 

Photo: Chapter 27

Megan Fox, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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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. 

Photo: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jones’s Diary

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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. 

Photo: Bridget Jones's Diary

George Clooney, Syriana

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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. 

Photo: Syriana

Robert DeNiro, Raging Bull

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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. 

Photo: Raging Bull

Beyoncé Knowles, Cadillac Records

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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. 

Photo: Cadillac Records

Sylvester Stallone, Cop Land

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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.

Photo: Cop Land

Russell Crowe, Body of Lies

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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. 

Photo: Body of Lies

Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson, Nine

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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. 

Photo: Nine

Charlize Theron, Monster

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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 . 

Photo: Monster

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