‘Sunny’ TV Star Slims Down To Former Self

by | September 16, 2011 at 12:33 PM | TV News

By Tim Molloy

NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) – Viewers stunned by Rob McElhenney’s deliberate, 50-lbs weight gain in last night’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” season premiere might be even more in awe of this: He’s lost most of it already.

McElhenney, who took five months to gain the weight, has lost about 30 lbs in the last two months. We checked in with him about his weight loss while talking about — yep, you guessed it — weightier matters, including how his show has become a model for every other comedy on FX.

“I got up to 212 and now I’m down to 182,” said the actor, who normally weighs around 162. “For me and my metabolism it was simple. If I wanted to gain weight I needed to eat a lot more, and if I wanted to lose weight I had to eat a lot less, and work out. Believe me, it’s not easy.”

McElhenney gained the weight to mock the vanity of his character, Mac, and because he was sick of seeing sitcom stars get better-looking as their shows age.

He has no regrets about becoming the first actor to make a “Raging Bull”-sized commitment for a TV comedy. The first part of the new season, especially, makes the most of Mac’s new size. Look for his character to try to cover up in Hawaiian shirts in future episodes.

“I love those first four episodes,” he said. “I’m so, so excited about this year.”

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