George Clooney ‘Was Really Depressed’ Gaining Weight for ‘Syriana’, Matt Damon Says

by Jeremy Spirogis
George Clooney attends the American Film Institute

Actors reworking themselves for roles is nothing new in Hollywood. But the method (and the aftermath) might be grueling for the actors. Enter George Clooney who altered his look for 2005’s Syriana.

George Clooney ate 9 meals a day to prep for ‘Syriana’

George Clooney attends the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to George Clooney
George Clooney will get honored by the American Film Institute | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Turner

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Clooney didn’t have a lot time to achieve a reported 30-plus kilos for his position as Bob Barnes in Syriana. A

ccording to the Irish Examiner, the daddy of two stepped as much as play the position after one other actor dropped out, leaving him with solely a month to achieve the load. 

To bulk up, Clooney would chow down on as many as 9 meals a day. Staying at his well-known Villa Oleandra on Lake Como in Italy, the actor says he couldn’t get pleasure from his meals. 

“I was miserable because there I was in Italy, and I wasn’t looking forward to eating,” he stated. “Who doesn’t look forward to eating in Italy?”

“People always think, ‘Oh, that’ll be fun,’ but it’s like going to a pie-eating contest every day,” he added.

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He took in as many energy as potential to attain the specified physique. But as Clooney reiterated in one other interview with The Tech, it wasn’t a nice expertise. 

“My job was just to eat as fast as I could, as much as I could,” he stated. “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.”

When it got here time to shoot the film, Clooney had stuffed out his body however as his co-star and shut friend, Matt Damon, later famous, the actor wasn’t himself. 

George Clooney was not ‘the life of the party’, Matt Damon says

Matt Damon and George Clooney at the premiere of 'Syriana'Matt Damon and George Clooney at the premiere of 'Syriana'
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Pranks on film units are a fairly frequent prevalence and Clooney is a grasp of them. He loves taking part in jokes on his co-stars however when it got here to Syriana, he wasn’t his regular jokester self. Even Damon seen a change in Clooney. 

“He had put on all that weight and he was really depressed,” Damon instructed Indie London. “George is a really active guy and he couldn’t move around. He had to just sit there. I’ve never seen him like that. He’s normally the life of the party, but he was really depressed.”

After filming on Syriana ended, Clooney couldn’t sit nonetheless any longer. He went to work on Good Night, and Good Luck, a 2005 movie he directed. 

Filming ‘Syriana’ isn’t a cheerful reminiscence for George Clooney

Playing a CIA operative would possibly sound like an excellent time however for Clooney on the set of Syriana, it was something however. Directed by Stephen Gaghan (Doolittle), the film meant filming in upwards of 200 places on 4 continents.

Bouncing from place to position didn’t trouble Clooney a lot as what occurred to him that yr. 

“There was nothing fun about it,” he instructed The Sydney Morning Herald. “There was not a moment that was fun about shooting this film. That’s not a slap on the film or [the director Stephen] Gaghan. It’s just that everybody has that year where you age a decade and this was that one for me.”

After Syriana hit theaters on November 23, 2005, Clooney went on to obtain a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his efficiency.

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