Tom Holland paid a huge price to commit to his role in Cherry
Unlike many stars who try to make risky diets easy, giving the public unrealistic expectations for their own bodies, Holland cuts to the chase. “It was awful. Really,” he told GQ of the experience which saw him lose a significant amount of his body weight. The actor says his trainer, George Ashwell, limited his diet to 500 calories a day and told him to run 10 miles. After surviving shooting on those excruciating numbers, Holland then had to gain weight with a similar rapidity.
“I got very sick, actually,” he says of the process. “And it completely changed my relationship with food. I think I would find it very difficult to find a role that would justify that kind of abuse on my body again.” As miserable as the actor went through this, it’s great to hear him call it what it is: abusing his body. By any professional measure, this diet could be diagnosed as an eating disorder. Yet, for some reason, it’s been considered an industry standard for actors for years.
This type of dangerous change has never been without consequences, but it seems that actors are only recently starting to say no to unhealthy diets. In 2000, Jared Leto said he felt “addicted to losing weight” after “Requiem For A Dream”. In 2017, Tom Hardy admitted his crash diet for roles like Bane in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ had changed his body forever, telling The daily beast, “I think you pay the price with drastic physical changes.” And Kumail Nanjiani memorably spoke about his complex relationship with his masculinity and self-image after going through some serious changes ahead of his role in ‘Eternals’. nanjiani told GQ in 2021, “It’s about winning. And that’s what the male ideal has been.”