Matt Damon: Weight Gain of 35 Pounds

by Betsy on Celebs on September 8, 2009


Matt Damon stars in the film, Steven Soderbergh’s Informant, that is being viewed this week at the Venice film festival. The film is based on the non-fiction book by Kurt Eichenwald which tracks the story of the corporate whistler-blower, Mark Whitacre. To play the part of Whitacre, Damon had to gain a whopping 35 pounds for the role. He said,

“It was very, very easy to gain the weight,” he said. “It was very, very fun, probably the funnest time I had working, because I didn’t have to go to the gym after work and I just ate everything I could see.”

Damon joins the list of many actors and actresses that go to extreme measures in perfecting their method-acting skills. But as we’ve learned from stars like Jamie Foxx who had to undergo counseling and Renee Zellweger whose nutritionist warned her of the health risks, extreme weight gain and weight loss can be detrimental to the body and mind. Of course it will be easy for Damon to lose the weight with the help of his personal trainer and watching what he eats. But even though he gets a fat paycheck for playing the role and can afford the assistance required to lose the weight, it’s a shame that he has to abuse his body for the sake of a movie.


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