ďThe idea of looking at four months of constant vigilance as far as what I ate, as well as two hours a day in the gym doing nothing but a monotonous kind of work-out, that was formidable. You have to power yourself through it almost by some sort of meditation trickery. Itís not glamorous.Ē The actor had to put on 50 lbs (23 kg) during pre-production to make him look like a middle-aged man. It comes easily if you look back to Jennifer Hudson or Rene Zellweger, what they ate when putting on extra pounds. If you eat tons of carbohydrates and junk food, pounds (kilos) come easily but get rid of them is the hard work. Basically, when Tom Hanks was in this shape, they shot the parts of the film before the island scenes, and then took a year off to let Tom lose weight to impersonate a real cast away. He didnít shave or cut his hair for weeks and shed 55lb in four months with a diet and a tough exercise regime.
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