Jude Law: How I Gained (and Lost) 30 Pounds

03/28/2014 at 11:33 AM ET

Jude Law Dom Hemingway
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For his new film Dom Hemingway, packing on the calories to play the foul-mouthed, fresh-out-of-prison title character didn’t come easy for the typically slim Jude Law.

The actor, 41, reportedly gained around 30 pounds for the role.

“I was banned from exercise and just encouraged to eat all the wrong stuff,” Law told PEOPLE at the film’s premiere in New York City on Thursday night, hosted by The Cinema Society & Links of London. “I ate a lot of red meat, a lot of steaks and burgers, and ice cream.”

His go-to flavor for the latter?

“Cookies ‘n cream…but I’ll be happy if I never see another tub of it again in my life,” he says.

“I’m not a big gorger, so it was the Coca-Cola that got me,” dishes the British actor. “I was drinking five to ten a day, and I just got kind of sick of it.”

Unsurprisingly then, when the film wrapped and it came time to shed the pounds, Law couldn’t have been more ready.

“I was really happy to be able to go for a run!” he says.

—Haiwen Lu


FILED UNDER: Food , Health , Jude Law

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Guest on

I never found it healthy for these actors and actresses to gain and loss weight like nothing. Its definitely not good for the body. I know that parts in a movie want the character to look a certain way…but this up and down weight gain and loss just isn’t good. As for Jude…I hope he loses the weight fast…his face looks way too heavy now.

JJ on

Am I missing some of the article? All I’m reading about how he lost the weight is that he was ready to go for a run. How can this be filed under “Great Ideas”? How does this tell us anything?

kj on

This article sucked donkey balls. Who writes this stuff? Wasted 60 sec. of my life.

Mary on

DAMN!! He has gotten FUGLY!!!

dawn nor on

He went for a run and poof it went away ? how long did he run a week straight?

K on

I think he looks alright
But I don’t know why actors do this for a role
It is a bit extreme to do that

K on

Cookies and cream rocks

Anonymous on

I hope the salary outweighs the toll that takes on the body.

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