Chris Hemsworth Reveals Stunning 'In the Heart of the Sea' Weight Loss

Chris Hemsworth Reveals Stunning 'In the Heart of the Sea' Weight Loss

Nov 24, 2015

Chris Hemsworth has been making the publicity rounds in advance of his latest movie, In the Heart of the Sea. The movie is based on a true story about a ship's crew who were stalked by a giant sperm whale in 1820, a tale that inspired Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick.

Writer Nathaniel Philbrick related the riveting story in his book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whalehip Essex, first published in 2000. The crew lost their ship in the Pacific Ocean, and then set off in whaleboats for South America, more than 1,000 miles away. They suffered from dehydration and starvation, leading to desperate measures as they were at sea for some 90 days.

In order to lend authenticity to their roles, the actors -- including Cillian Joy, Tom Holland, and Benjamin Walker -- limited their diets to 500-700 calories per day for three or four weeks, according to Hemsworth. He shared a photo of his weight loss, noting in the caption: "Just tried a new diet/training program called 'Lost At Sea'. Wouldn't recommend it."

 

Just tried a new diet/training program called "Lost At Sea". Wouldn't recommend it.. #IntheHeartoftheSea

A photo posted by Chris Hemsworth (@chrishemsworth) on

 

That's quite a contrast with the muscular physique he developed to play Norse god Thor.

Of course, Hemsworth and his crewmates aren't the first actors to change their bodies for the sake of a role. In recent years, we've seen several examples. Matthew McConaughey, for example, lost some 47 pounds in order to portray an AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club.

Jake Gyllenhaal lost some 20 pounds for Nightcrawler, giving his ambitious character a gaunt look.

Christian Bale shed a shocking 63 pounds for The Machinist.

For his role in Cast Away as a man who survives a crash landing at sea and then lives in isolation on a deserted island, Tom Hanks first gained weight by not exercising. Then production was put on hold for a year so he could lost 50 pounds (and grow out his hair).

Hemsworth can be seen in his full glory when In the Heart of the Sea opens in theaters on December 11.

 

 

 

 

 

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