Jul 13, 2010 3:16 PM GMT
Brody believes that without having won an Oscar, he wouldn't have gotten the part. "I would never have been given the shot — ever — if I didn't have that under my belt, because they definitely wouldn't hire skinny actor Adrien Brody without that," he said.
After a month-long process of securing the faith of studio executives, Brody finally did land the "Predators" lead and had to begin a rapid physical transformation to gain 25 pounds. He ate six meals a day: lean complex carbohydrates and proteins, supplements, shakes, oatmeal. He trained with heavy weights and abstained from indulging in alcohol and sugar.
When he unveiled his new physique to the filmmakers, Brody recalled, they were surprised.
"When I was training, I wasn't really showing off the progress, and at the end, I think I scared them because I had grown a lot and they were all pretty shocked at how I looked," he said, glancing down at his body. His flannel shirt fell loosely onto his frame, and it appeared that he had since shed much of the muscle mass he gained for the film.