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The Josh Brolin diet: 22 pounds -- in 2.5 days

9:55 PM, Oct 11, 2013   |    comments
Josh Brolin arrives at the "Machete Kills" L.A. premiere on Oct. 3. (Photo: Steve Granitz, WireImage)
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Extreme weight gain and loss is nothing new in Hollywood, of course.

But Josh Brolin's yo-yo - nay, boomerang - diet to play a 20-year kidnapped hostage in Spike Lee's upcoming movie Oldboy sounds downright drastic compared with even the Christian Bale/Matthew McConaughey/Robert DeNiro/Jared Leto mold of body molding.

Even Brolin seems to think so.

"I was actually just dumb," the Oscar nominee tellsExtra. "The idea of it was great. And then doing it was really painful."

It wasn't just the weight gain - 28 pounds in 10 days - "which was not good, I mean really not good. It hurt."

It was the weight drop. "We had to lose 22 pounds in 2½ days...It literally hurt."

"People are like 'Oh, it must be fun and you get to eat all the time'...No, we were doing water weight, so we were figuring out ways just to hold the water as much as possible. I was like one big roly-poly bloat. So I was happy to lose it. "


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