Weight Lost: 40lbs
Name: Matthew Paige Damon
Birthdate: Oct 8, 1970 (46 Years Old)
|Starting Weight: 230lbs||Current Weight: 190lbs|
|Diet: High Protein||Favorite Diet Foods: Chicken|
If you’re assembling a list of the best actors in the past 20 years, you have to include Massachusetts native Matt Damon. Damon had started out with minor roles in sporadic movie appearances, but started to get attention for “Courage Under Fire” in 1996. The next year, Damon was able to get a movie greenlit that he and Ben Affleck wrote called “Good Will Hunting”. The movie would be a success both critically and commercially, earning several Oscar nominations.
Weight Lost: 40lbs
The next year, Damon would continue his hot streak with roles in “Saving Private Ryan” and “Rounders”. Now, Damon is one of the most recognizable actors in the world, and still pumping out blockbuster movies. In the past three years alone, we have seen Damon star in movies such as “Elysium”, “The Martian” and “Jason Bourne”, which has been a long running and successful film franchise.
Damon has proven to be a method actor who really throws himself into a role, but we have been used to seeing him on the buffer side with roles like the one in the “Bourne” series. We have seen his weight go up and down with his recent film roles, but we haven’t seen anything from Damon quite like we did in 2009. Damon had to play a middle America whistleblower in “The Informant”, which required him to put on weight.
So Damon decided to eat everything that he possibly could, making frequent fast food trips in hopes to get chubby for the film. Damon was able to put on 30 pounds, and he actually enjoyed being able to fatten up. “It was very, very easy to gain the weight,” he said. “It was very, very fun, probably the funnest time I had working, because I didn’t have to go to the gym after work and I just ate everything I could see.”
Even while “The Informant” was filming, Damon continued to eat like crazy until they were done shooting. “I definitely got doughy,” he said after eating cheeseburgers on set in between takes. “It was absolute heaven.” After “The Informant” was done filming, Damon knew that it was going to be time to get back in shape for future roles, and it was time to hit the gym once again. Damon picked up his usual workout of boxing training, and the pounds started to come back off rather quickly.
Damon was not only able to shed all of the extra fat that he had put on for “The Informant”, but also added a lot of muscle when the “Bourne” series re-started. When the latest “Bourne” film was done, Damon actually had to try and add some of the fat back as he wanted to look like “a normal person” for his role in “Downsizing”. To do that, Bourne gave up working out so much everyday and started “eating marshmallow pasta.”
It’s probably not going to be the last time that we see Damon either add or lose weight for a role, but it’s definitely getting harder with age. Working out to drop the weight, according to Damon, “It’s painful…It’s a different thing. I’m 44 now and I feel it definitely.” However, training for the latest “Bourne” movie was not the hardest weight loss Damon had to do.
When filming for “Courage Under Fire” back in 1995, Damon had to lose 60 pounds, dropping all the way down to 139 pounds. Damon said that “I had to run about 13 miles a day, which wasn’t even the hard part. The hard part was the diet.” So what did Damon eat to look so gaunt in the film? “All I ate was chicken breast…I just made it up and that was incredibly challenging.”
Now he gets to indulge on his favorite foods (that include pizza and beer) so that he can look like an average joe again. Just don’t rule out a ripped Damon in the ne