Jeffrey Dean Morgan followed an extreme tuna weight loss diet to lose over 40 pounds for the miniseries “Texas Rising.” The 6-foot-2 Morgan, who weighed about 170 pounds, starved to an anorexic 130 pounds by following a strict diet of one can of tuna fish a day.
Jeffrey Dean decided to lose weight after producers asked him to shed 10 pounds to play the role of Deaf Smith, who’s sick with tuberculosis.
“He had a consumption of tuberculosis,” Morgan told the Today Shoe. “I got there and I was probably about 175. I left and I was about 130. I ate a can of tuna fish a day.”
Jeffrey Dean admits he took his extreme tuna weight loss diet too far. “I did it in the most unhealthy way possible,” said Morgan, 49. I didn’t consult with a doctor or anything. We had said maybe I should lose 10 pounds, and I just kept going and going. By the end of the movie, I was just [moving] like a snail!”
Drastic weight loss is nothing new for Hollywood actors, many of whom are rewarded with accolades, including the Oscar, for their shocking before and after transformations. In 2013, Matthew McConaughey lost 50 pounds to play a man who contracts HIV in “Dallas Buyers Club.”
The athletic 6-foot-tall McConaughey slimmed down from 185 pounds to 135 pounds by following an extreme low-calorie diet and doing intense cardio workouts. Matthew went on to win the Academy Award for best actor for his moving work.
Similarly, McConaughey’s “Dallas Buyers Club” co-star, Jared Leto, lost 30 pounds on a month-long fast to play an AIDs patient for the film. The lanky 5-foot-9 Leto, a longtime vegan diet proponent, slimmed down from 146 pounds to an emaciated 116 pounds by fasting for four weeks. Jared won an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his work.
In 2007, Leto gained a whopping 67 pounds to play John Lennon assassin Mark David Chapman for the drama “Chapter 27.” Jared piled on the weight by gorging on pints of ice cream spiked with olive oil and soy sauce. In 2008, Leto insisted he would never again gain weight for a film role because the excessive weight damaged his health.
“I’d never do it again; it definitely gave me some problems,” said Jared. “I don’t know if it was gout, but I had a definite problem with my feet. Towards the end of the shoot, one of the glaring issues was the pain I had with my feet. I couldn’t walk for long distances. I had a wheelchair because it was so painful.
Leto added: “My body was in shock from the amount of weight I gained. It took about a year to get back to a place that felt semi-normal. I don’t know if I’ll ever be back to the place I was physically.”
Despite his vow to never again gain weight for a role, Jared gained a noticeable amount of weight to play the Joker in the “Suicide Squad,” Celebrity Health & Fitness reported. Unlike his previous weight gain, Leto didn’t just get obese; he worked out and got ripped by lifting weights and following a high-calorie vegan diet.