Colin Farrell On Gaining 40 Lbs: ‘It Looked Like A Dad Bod’ [Video]

So what does it feel like to gain 40 pounds in just under eight weeks? Colin Farrell can tell us, and he does just that in a video interview with the Hollywood Reporter. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Irish actor ate melted ice cream for breakfast to pack on a hefty 40 pounds for the single loner he plays in The Lobster.

Oscar-winning co-star Rachel Weisz told the Examiner that Farrell looks like a “lardy lumpy fat man,” in response to the actor’s weight gain, while Ben Whishaw, who plays the Limping Man in The Lobster, reported that Colin was “always shooting off with several plates of pudding” in the video interview.

What does it feel like to gain 40 pounds virtually overnight?

The actor reported that his body went into shock from eating five pints of Haagen-Dazs ice cream, countless pizzas, and endless cheeseburgers to gain the weight.

Colin told the Hollywood Reporter that to achieve his weight gain “I would put [the ice cream] in the microwave to melt and drink it. Two cheeseburgers, fries and Coca-Colas, and two slices of chocolate cake at 10 a.m. is not that fun — and I love cheese­burgers.”

“There is a certain sadness to it. It felt sad,” to tip the scales, according to Colin. “It created a separation from the Colin that I was used to.”

Apparently, that separation “helped me,” he reported, but after seeing his heavyweight body onscreen and shirtless during the Cannes Film Festival, “I gasped. I’d forgotten what it looked like. In fact it looked, in the current ubiquitous parlance, like a dad bod.”

Gaining the weight must have been worth it, though, because, at the Cannes Film Festival, The Lobster premiered to much critical acclaim.

According to the Wrap, The Lobster is about a single man “”whose recovery from an 11-year relationship is complicated by the fact that he lives in a society that can’t abide single people.” It’s the first English film by Oscar-nominated Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos. When Farrell saw the script, he was blown away.

“It’s so unusual. When I read the script I couldn’t believe it,” Colin Farrell toldIrish Central.

Said Farrell, “I seem to find myself every two or three years shooting something at home. It’s always a joy. It’s not by design. I’ve just been fortunate that things have come across my path. Where we shot in Sneem in Co. Kerry was an absolute joy. It’s a very particular place.”

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