George Clooney recently revealed that he was hospitalized after losing almost 25 pounds for his latest role.
The Oscar winner, who directs and stars in the forthcoming sci-fi film ‘The Midnight Sky’ reportedly shed the weight for his role as a scientist who survives an apocalyptic event due to which he had to spend multiple days in medical care.
For the role of a post-apocalyptic survivor, the 59-year-old actor lost nearly two stone, but was later diagnosed with pancreatitis and believes his diet may have contributed to his illness, reports Mirror.
“I think I was trying too hard to lose the weight quickly and probably wasn’t taking care of myself,” George Clooney said while speaking to the Mirror.
“It took a few weeks to get better and as a director, it’s not so easy because you need energy. We were out on this glacier in Finland, which made it a lot harder work. But it certainly helped with the character,” he explained.
“This is bigger than anything I’ve done before and it was like herding cats to get it done. But, you know, it was fun.”
The ‘Oceans Eleven’ star who also had to don a thick beard for the role further added, “I grew a big ugly beard and my son loved it because he’d hide things in it, which I wouldn’t know about until I got to work and I’d be like, ‘Oh, there’s a popsicle stuck in my beard.”
“But my wife and daughter were really happy when it came off because it was very hard to find a face underneath all that mess,” George Clooney said.
‘The Midnight Sky’ is based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s acclaimed 2016 novel ‘Good Morning, Midnight’ and also stars Felicity Jones and David Oyelowo in key roles.
George Clooney plays the role of an astronomer Augustine Lofthouse, who lives alone in the Arctic in the aftermath of a global catastrophe and must warn a crew of astronauts not to return to Earth, as per Dailymail.
The film is scheduled to be released on December 23 on Netflix.