Much has been made of Anne Hathaway's extreme pre-"Les Miserables" dieting, but it seems she was hardly the only star to adopt a brutal regimen in preparation for the film. Hugh Jackman told The Hollywood Reporter that he gave up eating -- and even drinking water -- in the run up to his first scene.
In the scene, a shockingly gaunt Jackman appears laboring in freezing water. The normally buff actor said he pushed himself to the edge of a breakdown: "I didn't have anything to drink until late in the day when we did the opening scene with Russell Crowe," he said. "You lose up to 10 pounds of water weight, mainly from the exterior of the body. But it was really brutal. About 20 hours in, a headache came. Then I wanted to drink water out of the ocean! I see the scene now, and I look really thin, really sunken."
Director Tom Hooper expressed his concern for Jackman. "I was worried," he said. "I thought, 'This is probably the kind of thing I should discourage.' I said, 'Have a sip of water.' But he was very determined. He'd obviously consulted doctors, but I do remember he eventually got very cold, really cold."
Jackman picked up a Golden Globe for his efforts, winning the award for Best Actor, Musical or Comedy.
Hathaway summed up her pre-"Les Mis" diet simply: "I just had to stop eating."
In earlier interviews, the "X-Men" star described the workouts he put himself through. "Weirdly, this was almost more physical in a way than an 'X-Men' movie," he said. "I was spending even longer in the gym -- like three hours in the gym -- because I needed to be as emaciated as possible, but still keep some muscle on for Jean Valjean. He's actually written as an ox of a man."
The THR piece goes in-depth into a number of other previously discussed topics, including Jackman's relationship with his family. In a December appearance on "Katie," Jackman discussed the pain of his wife's miscarriage.
Jackman also defends fellow Aussie Rupert Murdoch, who he met in the pool at New York hotpost SoHo House. "He loves having friends and family around," Jackman said. "A lot of people in his life are there for a long time. He looks after them and appreciates them. He's very caring and thoughtful and incredibly respectful of everybody around him."
For much more (including Jackman's reaction to rumors about his sexuality), head over to The Hollywood Reporter.
Matthew McConaughey - "The Dallas Buyers Club"
Matthew McConaughey got down <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2259231/Matthew-McConaughey-reveals-gained-25lbs-wrapping-Dallas-Buyers-Club--looks-frail-awards-show.html#axzz2KJnFz333" target="_hplink">to a reported 135 pounds</a> by implementing a liquid-only diet to play a man diagnosed with HIV in "The Dallas Buyers Club," out this year.
Ashton Kutcher - "jOBS"
For his role as Steve Jobs in "jOBS," Asthon Kutcher adopted a frutarian diet to copy that of the one followed by the Apple founder. Eating only fruit reportedly <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/28/ashton-kutcher-fruit-diet-steve-jobs-pancreas-hospitalized_n_2566289.html">caused him to be hospitalized for pancreas problems</a> just a couple of days before filming began.
Anne Hathaway - "Les Miserables" and "The Dark Knight Rises"
Anne Hathaway <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/anne-hathaway-stars-whove-extreme-diets/story?id=16605377#">used a 500 calorie-per-day diet</a> of radishes and hummus to drop pounds to play prostitute Fantine in the "Les Mis" remake. She also says she lived off of "kale and dust" to lose weight for her role as Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises."
Natalie Portman - "Black Swan"
For her role in "Black Swan," Natalie Portman slimmed down her already thin frame with a grueling 5 to 8 hours of ballet training each day. She <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1344902/Natalie-Portman-cert-best-actress-Oscar-says-I-barely-ate-Black-Swan.html#axzz2KJnFz333" target="_hplink">told the Daily Mail</a> she was "barely eating."
Beyonce - "Dreamgirls"
Beyonce <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/beyonces-master-cleanse-diet-fast-helped-her-lose-123694.html">lost weight for her role</a> as Deena Jones in "Dreamgirls" by using the Master Cleanse diet. The diet consists of a mixture of lime or lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper that is added to water. She also said she ate vegetables but consumed nothing else.
Christian Bale - "The Machinist"
Christian Bale <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/christian-bales-weight-loss-machinist-this-66659.html?cat=40">lost an extreme amount of weight</a> for the film by following a strict diet that consisted of coffee, water, tuna and an apple each day. He coupled this with vigorous exercise to make for a pretty unsettling transformation.
Matt Damon - "Courage Under Fire"
For this role Matt Damon said he would run 6.5 miles in the morning and at night and <a href="http://www.people.com/people/matt_damon/0,,,00.html" target="_hplink">ate nothing but</a> a chicken breast, a plain baked potato and egg whites each day.
Colin Farrell - "Triage"
He basically starved himself to drop pounds for the film, telling<a href="http://watch.accesshollywood.com/video/2009-toronto-film-festival:-colin-farrells-triage/1311497180001" target="_hplink"> Access Hollywood</a> he "did have two Big Macs during three-months in shooting ... and didn't eat for two or three days on either side of that."
Orson Welles - "Citizen Kane"
For his iconic role, Welles <a href="http://voices.yahoo.com/movie-stars-had-lose-weight-film-roles-5001104.html?cat=40">initially gained weight</a> to play the older Citizen Kane. But to 50 drop pounds to play his younger character, he stuck to a diet of only orange juice, boiled eggs and salads for an entire month.
Daniel Day Lewis - "In The Name of the Father"
Daniel Day Lewis' weight loss method of eating minimal food wasn't the most unusual way to drop weight for his role in "In The Name of the Father." But the fact that he ate prison rations in a jail cell -- he also <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-509161/The-VERY-strange-life-reclusive-superstar-Daniel-Day-Lewis.html#axzz2KJnFz333" target="_hplink">slept in the same cell </a>for three nights -- provided an unexpected twist of commitment to the role.
Jennifer Hudson - "Winnie"
To play Winnie Mandela in "Winnie," J. Hud took an extremely disciplined approach. She <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20386960,00.html" target="_hplink">joined Weight Watchers</a> and followed a strict diet and weekly exercise plan to shed over 80 pounds.