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TheDailyBeast: Stars Who Gained Weight for Roles

George Clooney, 'Syriana' (30 lbs.)

Undergoing a radical body transformation often spells Oscar, and it did in George Clooney’s case for his role as CIA agent Robert Baer in the 2005 film "Syriana." Fitness freak Clooney put on 30 pounds in 30 days, feasting on bowl after bowl of pasta (and grew a beard) to portray the real-life Baer. “The truth is, it’s not nearly as fun as it sounds, the idea of putting on that kind of weight, but at the end of the day, in general, that’s what we do for a living,” Clooney told The Tech. “So my job was just to eat as fast as I could, as much as I could … But mostly you just ate until you wanted to throw up, and made sure you didn’t throw up. So that was my job for a month, was eating.” The gorging on food paid off, as Clooney was awarded the best-supporting-actor Oscar for his performance—his only Academy Award to date.

(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images/Warner Bros. Pictures)
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