Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on April 1, 2008
He’s dated more Hollywood starlets than Ellen Degeneres(including Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson, Lindsay Lohan and Ashley Olsen), he’s the frontman and guitarist of his own band, 30 Seconds To Mars (what is with actor/musicians and their band names?) and he’s appeared in some decent flicks — albeit not always in the most memorable of roles (“Fight Club”, “Requiem for a Dream”, “The Thin Red Line”, “Panic Room” and “Alexander”).
But Jared Leto has a new claim to fame — gout. That’s just one of the health problems the actor suffered by piling on 60 pounds to portray John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, in the film “Chapter 27”. “I’d never do it again; it definitely gave me some problems,” the actor says (as quoted on IMDB). “Towards the end of the shoot, one of the glaring issues was the pain I had with my feet. I couldn’t walk for long distances; I had a wheelchair because it was so painful. My body was in shock from the amount of weight I gained”. Ouch.
So, just how did the pretty boy actor fatten up? The long time vegetarian says he did it “eating everything you think you’re not supposed to,” including ice cream, pizza and pasta. Worse yet was his “little trick” of microwaving pints of Häagen-Dazs and drinking them – after loading them olive oil and soy sauce. Yuck.
For the fun part of taking off the weight, Leto sought help from Mother Nature. “It took me about a year to recover,” he says, adding that the raw food staples of fruits, vegetables and nuts helped him get back into shape. “Health food every day. I will eat anything that doesn’t have taste – like unsalted nuts, raw food and berries.”
Tasteless? Maybe all that Häagen-Dazs topped with soy deadened his taste buds. I mean, come on — is there anything more flavorful than a berry?
Regardless, it’s good to have Jared back on the path of health so he can do what he does best… act, jam and chase girls.