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TheDailyBeast: Stars Who Gained Weight for Roles

Rob McElhenney, 'It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia' (52 lbs.)

While most movie actors gain weight to disappear into their roles, Rob McElhenney, the creator and one of the stars of the FX TV series "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia", just did it for fun. The actor gained 52 pounds, going from 160 to 212, by consuming five 1,000-calorie meals a day. “As I started off I was doing it with chicken breast and rice and vegetables,” McElhenney told The Wrap. “But when you're four months in it and you have to muscle down 1,000 calories for the third time or fourth time in a day and you have to either eat three chicken breasts, two cups of rice and two cups of vegetables—or one Big Mac—you start to see the Big Mac and realize it's a lot easier to get down ... And then every once in a while I would eat three doughnuts. And every day one of my meals was a high-calorie protein shake.” While McElhenney didn’t feel lethargic at all, there was one tiny downside. “My legs and my gut got so big that my penis looked even smaller,” said McElhenney.

(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/FX)
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