Full disclosure: I do not want to see this movie. I don’t want to watch anything where we’re basically glorifying someone for killing a whole bunch of people even if it’s his job. I don’t care. I’m anti violence and anti war, so, this is not the film for me. But I did find it interesting that Cooper had to gain so much weight to become Chris Kyle, and then lost it so quick to play the Elephant Man on Broadway. How do dudes do that?!?!
Cooper tells Men’s Health he consumed an insane 6,000 calories a day — and had to be force-fed! — while getting into character. “I had to get to the point where I believed I was him,” Cooper, 40, told the fitness magazine. “At 185 pounds, it would’ve been a joke….Chris wasn’t ripped. He wasn’t sinewy. He was just a bear.”
Cooper’s pre-production journey wasn’t all Twinkies and Oreos, either. In order to do the least amount of damage to his body while bulking up, Cooper — under the guidance of trainer Jason Walsh and a personal chef — took in five meals a day, along with energy bars and the pre- and post-workout drink Plazma. “It was a real shock to my body. If it’s pizza and cake, that’s one thing. Putting 6,000 calories a day in your body gets old quick,” Cooper said.
I don’t know… I love pizza. This sounds like my kind of diet.