Emile Hirsch had to undergo dramatic weight loss for the movie ‘Into The Wild,’ to accurately portray Chris McCandless, a man who ventured into the Alaskan Wilderness and eventually starved to death.
“I weighed about 156 pounds when I got the part, and I weighed 130 pounds throughout most of the film, so I lost the 26 pounds to get in shape for the film,” he said. “And then I went down to 115 pounds for the weight loss in the Alaska segment. So it was like two stages of weight loss.”
How did he do it? “So it was a lot of running and being very hungry and dreaming of candy all the time. It’s funny because normally, I’m not a big chocolate bar eater. But, that was really what I wanted more than anything when I was at my most hungry. It was like, Steak? No. Like a Take 5 Candy Bar? That was like the Ideal.”