Incredible Celebrity Transformations
John C. Reilly
Weight Lost: 25lbs
Name: John Christopher Reilly
Birthdate: May 24, 1965 (52 Years Old)
Starting Weight: 225lbs Current Weight: 200lbs
Diet: Low Calorie Favorite Diet Foods: Unknown
Exercises: Hiking
Famous For: Boogie Nights, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers
Name: John Christopher Reilly
Birthdate: May 24, 1965 (52 Years Old)
Starting Weight: 225lbs Current Weight: 200lbs
Diet: Low Calorie Favorite Diet Foods: Unknown
Exercises: Hiking
Famous For: Boogie Nights, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers
John C. Reilly
Weight Lost: 25lbs
Name: John Christopher Reilly
Birthdate: May 24, 1965 (52 Years Old)
Diet: Low Calorie
Favorite Diet Foods: Unknown
Exercises: Hiking

John C. Reilly was thrust into the movie world back in 1989 when he made his film debut in “Casualties of War”. Throughout the 1990s, Reilly would be one of the more recognizable supporting actors, and kept the momentum rolling into the 2000s when he was featured in a trio of movies that were nominated for many awards, earning himself an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor in “Chicago”.

Getting more aware from the dramatic scene and transitioning to comedy, Reilly made his first big splash in comedy with “Talladega Nights”. Along with the change over to comedy seemed to be a slight change in weight. Though he put on a few pounds throughout his career and appeared more “schlubby”, Reilly had become more popular than he ever had been before.

Even at his heaviest, Reilly wasn’t considered to be severely overweight. The 6’2” Reilly was estimated to be around 210 to 220 pounds during “Talladega Nights”, but has seemingly trimmed down since then. When talking about other actors that would intentionally put on weight for a role, Reilly said that it wasn’t so easy for some to lose the weight.

In an interview with Conan O’Brien, Reilly was talking about Colin Farrell putting on 40 pounds for a role, and was able to gain it and lose it within eight weeks. Reilly said for people like he and co-host Andy Richter, for “you and I, it’s just a slow march to obesity no matter what we do.” He certainly seemed to be exaggerating, as he’s in solid shape right now.

In his younger days, Reilly stayed in shape by wrestling, and didn’t have many plans on becoming an actor. Now that he’s over 50 years old and has to sometimes lose or gain weight for a movie role, he stays in shape through other means. “I do a lot of hiking, but I don’t really have a workout routine,” he said. “If I need to be physically fit for a role, then I do it. If my hair needs to be long, then I’ll grow my hair. Basically my body is just a vessel for whatever part I need to play.”

Reilly is certainly one of those actors that’s a bit of a chameleon, and doesn’t have much trouble losing weight after putting on a few pounds. Certain roles in Hollywood call for a more humble looking actor that isn’t in tremendous shape, while others such as Reilly’s role in “Guardians of the Galaxy” require a bit more of an imposing physique. Being around actors such as Chris Pratt, Colin Farrell and Leonardo DiCaprio throughout his career has shown Reilly how character actors get in and out of their roles.

During the times where Reilly is staying slim, he usually sticks to tea and fruit for a low-calorie metabolism boost. Adding in some hiking helps to accelerate weight loss, too. At around 200 pounds, the average person can burn around 550 calories per hour while hiking, making it an easy workout to pick up and use efficiently for weight loss. Many people enjoy hiking not just for the exercise, but also being able to walk through nature.

There’s little doubt that we’ll see more physical changes for Reilly in the future depending on his character. We’ve even recently seen Reilly wearing a fat suit in the music video for “Ham” by Mr. Oizo. For a three minute role, Reilly obviously didn’t want to put on a couple of hundred pounds. It makes sense as he was getting in shape for the film “Kong: Skull Island” that was released in 2017.

Reilly will also stay in better shape for playing Dr. Watson in the new Sherlock Holmes film alongside Will Ferrell, but will likely put on weight to play comedian Oliver Hardy in an upcoming biopic. In early footage from the film, Reilly appears to be wearing a fat suit once again, looking almost unrecognizable. His ability to transition from one character to another no matter how dramatic the differences in appearances are has made Reilly one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood.