Megastar George Clooney has shed light on his excruciating preparation for his latest role – revealing his extreme diet led to him being rushed to hospital.
Megastar George Clooney has shed light on his excruciating preparation for his latest role – revealing his extreme diet led to him being rushed to hospital.

Clooney hospitalised after weight loss

George Clooney was hospitalised with pancreatitis after dropping nearly 12kg for his forthcoming film, The Midnight Sky, according to The Mirror.

Clooney, 59, shed the weight for his role in the film as an astronomer who survives an apocalyptic event, but four days before he was due to report to set, he was rushed to the hospital with stomach pains, eventually diagnosed as pancreatitis, and spent weeks recovering.

He told the tabloid, "I think I was trying too hard to lose the weight quickly and probably wasn't taking care of myself."

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The star also directed The Midnight Sky. Picture: Netflix
The star also directed The Midnight Sky. Picture: Netflix

Clooney, who also directs the film, added, "It took a few weeks to get better and as a director, it's not so easy because you need energy. We were out on this glacier in Finland, which made it a lot harder work. But it certainly helped with the character."

He also had to grow a wizard-esque beard for the role, which apparently didn't do him any favours with his wife Amal, 42.

"I grew a big ugly beard and my son loved it because he'd hide things in it, which I wouldn't know about until I got to work and I'd be like, 'Oh, there's a popsicle stuck in my beard.'

"But my wife and daughter were really happy when it came off because it was very hard to find a face underneath all that mess."

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His son, however, loved his ‘big ugly beard’. Picture: Netflix
His son, however, loved his ‘big ugly beard’. Picture: Netflix

The Clooneys are parents to twins Alexander and Ella, 3, and have been spending the pandemic in the Hollywood Hills.

"We really haven't moved since February," Clooney told The Mirror.

"It's easier in Los Angeles because it's not raining and snowing, so it's a lot easier to walk out in the street."

The actor added that he's been keeping busy by cooking for the family and doing handyman-style chores around the house, painting and wood-staining furniture.

Unfortunately, Clooney's ascetic approach to The Midnight Sky didn't do the film any favours with critics: It's sitting at a 58 per cent critic's score from 36 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes ahead of its December 23 release on Netflix.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

Originally published as Clooney hospitalised after weight loss


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