Jason Segel Gained 40 Lbs. for Upcoming Film Thanks to His ‘Hot Pocket Diet’

08/04/2015 at 01:08 PM ET

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This newfangled Hot Pocket cleanse sounds pretty spectacular to us.

On Tuesday morning’s Live with Kelly and Michael, Jason Segel opened up about the precise mechanics of gaining 40 lbs. for his role as David Foster Wallace in the upcoming biopic The End of the Tour. His strategy for packing on the pounds? Bingeing on Hot Pockets like a college student.

“By the end, I was running out of time. I had about two weeks left, so I put myself on a Hot Pocket diet, which was two Hot Pockets every three hours,” Segel said. “It was horrible. I was eating like 12 Hot Pockets a day at that point. I was so sick of them.”

Horrible? Honestly, 12 cheesy, saucy Pockets a day sounds better than any diet we’ve ever heard of (certainly preferable to juice cleanses).

“The first week is fun. And then after that every day feels like Thanksgiving night. Like you’re just done. You have no energy or anything like that.”

Despite the traumatizing experiencing, Segel knows himself—and that if someone offered him one of those oozy microwaved mini meals, he’d probably accept it.

“I swore that I’d never eat another Hot Pocket, but if you put a Hot Pocket in front of me right now, I’d eat it.”

All this Hot Pocket talk got Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan and Segel excited.

“Do we get free Hot Pockets!?” Segel asked.

Ripa chimed in. “This guy is a major movie star. Can you please get him a Hot Pocket?”

—Maria Yagoda, @mariayagoda

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Eat a hot pocket for breakfast, one for lunch and be dead by dinner…

Hot Pocket

Diarrea Pocket

Instructions: Open package, put directly in toilet.

-Jim Gaffigan

Meme Sd on

That sounds so gross!! It could be because hot pockets are nasty and eating 12 a day is even worse. Why not order tons of pizza, turkey with mashed potatoes and loads of bread. That sounds amazing.

Praying Mantis on

I’m a lot more interested in how he’s going to take those 40 extra pounds off.
I think a movie about David Foster Wallace would be too sad for me to watch.

Gina on

That’s pretty gross. Surely there must be more appropriate non-artery clogging ways to gain weight. But I guess it’s his body, his choice.

Saiph on

I just want to know why on earth the PEOPLE editors filed this under “Great Ideas.” Isn’t there a more appropriate file selection? Suggestions: “Eating Patterns that Will Kill You” or “Actors Sometimes Have to Do Insane Things to Transform for Roles, Here’s an Article to Help You Be Really Happy You Don’t.”

PEOPLE, eating twelve Hot Pockets a day is not a “Great Idea.” Yeesh.

tracie on

Jason Segal is absolutely dreamy!!!!

elina on

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