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Chris Hemsworth: Starvation is misery

Published 28/07/2015

Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth has recounted developing a cheeseburger obsession while eating less than 1,000 calories per day for his role in forthcoming feature In the Heart of the Sea.

The 31-year-old actor is normally building up his muscle for roles in movies like Thor: The Dark World or Avengers: Age of Ultron.

But Chris portrays a starving sailor in Ron Howard’s forthcoming picture In the Heart of the Sea and he had to prepare for certain scenes in the flick by significantly restricting his real life diet.

"We have to shoot the really skinny stuff where we drop down to 5, 6, 700 calories a day, a good three or four weeks and it's going to be pretty uncomfortable, but we'll be together in our misery," he told ET Online. "I spend more time thinking about food than anything else at the moment."

Chris admitted he developed an intense hankering for the things he couldn’t eat.

The star found himself drooling over thoughts about certain calorific foods.

“All the bad stuff pizza, hamburgers, chocolate, ice cream… Anything that is not on the menu it automatically is something that you have an absolute obsession with,” Chris explained.

Chris has previously lamented about how difficult it was to train his body to extremes for one project then pretty much starve for another.

"It's the accordion effect which is the worst part. First I had to gain 20lbs of muscle mass for Thor and then I had to lose all that and then lose another 20lbs to play my character In the Heart of the Sea," he sighed to the British edition of OK! magazine.

"After all that dieting, if I see one more serving of chicken breast with biologically grown broccoli, I swear that I'm going to take Thor's hammer to the plate."

In the Heart of the Sea reaches US theatres December 11.

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