Scrawny Chris Hemsworth? The Australian actor is losing all his muscles and only eating about 500 calories per day.
Why, you ask? A new role, of course!
The dedicated actor has had to transform his body in the past, losing 30 pounds in order to play the British race car driver James Hunt in Rush.
For the Marvel superhero Thor, he had to get chiseled and gain lots of muscles and 20 pounds, in order to wear the famous spandex.
Now for another Ron Howard film, Heart Of The Sea, Hemsworth is shedding major pounds.
During a recent visit to the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, the blue eyed hunk confessed he wants to look as scrawny as possible for his new role.
In the film, he portrays a starving sailor as he explained:
“Heart Of The Sea is the true events that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick.
“A bunch of sailors in a whaling ship get struck by a whale, the ship sinks and they jump onto the small rafts and drift for 90 days. And basically they begin to die and eat each other.”
“[It’s] a romantic comedy.” Chris Hemsworth joked with Kimmel.
In order to make the characters credible the cast members are undergoing a crash diet, in which they are only allowed to have a 500-600 calorie intake per day.
So what can a person eat while in such a diet?
“I mean, you can consume 600 calories in a milkshake,” he noted. “So it ends up being a couple of small salads, a couple of small pieces of protein and that’s kind of it and you go to bed hungry. And then you have like a fasting period of 15 hours, like you stop eating completely, and then you have little meals through the day.”
Chris Hemsworth confessed that he was in a good mood because he had cheated on his diet right before the show.
“I had a cheat meal a couple of minutes ago so I’m in a good mood. I had a bit of pizza. Like 10 slices.”
However, he said they only get a treat once a week and then he feels “really guilty.”
Hemsworth finds it humorous that the cast is discussing their calorie intake.
“It’s funny, you’ve never heard 15 big, burly guys playing sailors talk about their calorie-count, what they should and shouldn’t eat, what their cheat meal is going to be.”
We are shooting a scene that does not involve boats or dump tanks today pic.twitter.com/5m3Fs8tj1I
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 31, 2013
The more muscular version of Chris Hemsworth can be seen in the highly anticipated sequel Thor: The Dark World, which opens in the US this coming Friday.