Colin Farrell is back in shape after gaining more than 40 pounds in 8 weeks for “The Lobster.”
Farrell, who has always been extremely fit, got paunchy and flabby for the dystopian drama, The Lobster.
“I gained about 43 to 45 pounds,” Colin told Jimmy Kimmel (see video).
“The director said if [my character David] was too thin there would be ‘a psychological issue, we don’t want to confuse the audience. I think he’s soft.’ So I ate cheeseburgers for breakfast.”
Colin’s nauseating weight gain diet for “The Lobster” also included melted ice cream, pizza, soda, and any other high-carb, high calorie food he could cram down his throat, as Celebrity Health Fitness has reported.
“I would put [ice cream] in the microwave to melt and drink it,” Farrell told The Hollywood Reporter.
“Two cheeseburgers, fries and Coca-Colas, and two slices of chocolate cake at 10 am is not that fun.”
The naturally lanky Colin said the weight gain not only changed his body, but affected his emotional state.
“It makes you aware of how you’ve identified being a certain way,” said Farrell. “I gasped [when I saw myself shirtless on screen]. I’d forgotten what it looked like.”
Farrell’s weight gain paid off: The Lobster won the Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, thanks in large part to Colin’s excellent acting.
In 2012, the Irish heartthrob followed a low-carb diet and did intense weightlifting workouts to get ripped for Total Recall.
Low carb, high-fat diets such as the ketogenic and Atkins diets promote rapid weight loss by forcing the body to burn fat for fuel, said Dr. Mark Hyman, author of Eat Fat, Get Thin.
Farrell’s rigorous training regimen included daily 2-mile runs and an hour of weightlifting six days a week, Examiner reported.
“I’m somebody who a couple of years ago couldn’t even run a mile,” said Farrell, who went to drug rehab in 2005.
Until recently, actor Colin was a poster boy for bad behavior due to his drug and alcohol abuse, but he overhauled his lifestyle once he became a dad. Farrell’s first son, James, was born in 2003, and his second son, Henry, was born in 2009.
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“What my first son James did was allow me to care for something in this world when I couldn’t care for myself,” said Farrell. “James saved my life.”
Inspired by his desire to be around for his children, Colin Farrell began working out regularly, eating better and stopped doing drugs and drinking excessively.
“I live a clean lifestyle,” said Farrell. “I eat really well, drink loads of green tea, and take a [loads] of vitamins. I want to live for as long as possible now. I have two boys that I want to see grow up.”