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Hanks helped McConaughey slim down

Matthew McConaughey has revealed when he needed to lose weight for a role, he called on Tom Hanks for slimming advice.

The Magic Mike star said when he was required to slim down for his part in The Dallas Buyer's Club last year, he called Tom about how to get down to his lowest ever weight.

Matthew said: "I actually called Tom and had a great conversation with him about what he learned about losing weight for Philadelphia and Cast Away and I consulted a nutritionist about the best way to do this.

He said his original goal had been to drop from 185lb to 145lb but he ended up going further.

"I was going around and people were going, 'Hey, are you feeling all right?' But then I hit 135lbs. I ran into somebody and they didn't just ask if I was all right, they said, 'My God, we need to get you some help.' And I thought, 'There we go. That's the perfect spot'," he said.

But Matthew insisted he hadn't worried about his health while losing weight: " I fed myself good food, just not much of it. I found through this journey that the human body is much more resilient than we give it credit for.

"Somebody told me they heard a story about how I didn't have any energy on set, but I was kind of uncontainable with energy. All the acuity, energy and power I lost from the neck down transferred to the neck up."

Tom Hanks recently revealed he had Type 2 diabetes and that he wouldn't be bulking up or slimming down for any more films.

He said of his diabetes: "The gaining and the losing of weight may have had something to do with it because you eat so much bad food and you don't take any exercise when you're heavy.

"But I think I was genetically inclined to get it and I think it goes back to a lifestyle that I have been leading ever since I was seven years old, as opposed to 36."

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