It was actually Tom Hanks that gave Matthew the advice on how to extremely slim down for the role!
"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."
So then he dropped 40 pounds — from 185 to 145 — and thought that's where he would stop. But, he didn't!
"I was going around and people were going, 'Hey, are you feeling all right? But then I hit 135 lbs. I ran in to 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.' "
We're just glad he did it in a healthy-ish way! We'd be way more worried had he done this on his own, not knowing how to go about it!
He said this about not being worried about doing harm to himself:
"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."
We probably wouldn't recommend people do this, nutritionist or not! We feel like 185 for his frame and size is WAY healthier than 135!
If people are coming up to you worried… we mean… that's gotta be a sign, right??
We can't wait to see the movie, Matthew!
P.S. — If U haven't heard why Tom Hanks can no longer lose or gain weight for roles, CLICK HERE!!