Alexander Skarsgard reveals drastic Tarzan diet

Alexander Skarsgard on the red carpetMe hungry!

Alexander Skarsgård reveals he was constantly hungry while filming the role of Tarzan in The Legend of Tarzan.

In a recent interview with USA Today, he says he ate “vicariously” through co-star Margot Robbie, who plays his wife Jane.

Although Alexander had to eat 7,000 calories a day while weightlifting in order to build enough muscle to convincingly portray Tarzan, he then had to slim down by eating six small meals a day. The meals contained no sugar, dairy or gluten. And poor Alexander wasn’t allowed a single cheat.

“The goal wasn’t to get huge. I didn’t want him to look like a bodybuilder, I wanted every muscle to be there for a reason and have a purpose.” But “I just missed food,” he says. “I would always finish my little box and be like, ‘OK, three hours until my next meal.’ ”

Margot applauds Alexander’s discipline.  “It was such a long shoot. I could maybe diet for a role briefly, but I couldn’t sustain it,” she admitted.

The Legend of Tarzan hits theaters July 1, 2016.

Could you stick to a diet for that long? Do you think the hard work paid off? Let us know in the comments below! ~Yanis Khamsi

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  1. Catrina • June 30, 2016 @ 12:26 AM

    I could stick to a diet that long for the amount of money they paid him.

  2. Jessica • June 30, 2016 @ 9:11 AM

    Whatever, he looks great in the film (or at least the trailers). I say keep dieting, Alexander.

  3. Kev • June 30, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

    When celebrities complain about anything, I automatically tune out.

  4. Andrea • June 30, 2016 @ 10:21 AM

    I have an extremely hard time feeling sorry for a rich, famous dude. Suck it up and enjoy your leisure time at your mansion and on fancy vacations.

  5. Chris • June 30, 2016 @ 11:28 AM

    Sounds like he should have gone ketogenic instead. No hunger and easier weight loss. Many athletes use it for cutting and if done right, he’d have more than enough energy.

  6. Matt • June 30, 2016 @ 12:16 PM

    I’ve been eating high fat, low to no carb for 4 months and would never want to go back to sugars and carbohydrates.

    Migraines? Gone
    Acid reflux? Gone
    Join pain? Gone
    Doing more while eating less? Check!

  7. D.S. • June 30, 2016 @ 1:40 PM

    Matt, eating high fat? Hope you’re kidding. Your migraines, acid reflux, joint pain might be gone and so will your heart.

  8. Teresa • June 30, 2016 @ 3:03 PM

    This is what I hear “Wwahhhhhhh, they paid me 35,000,000 dollars to diet..wahhhhwahhhhhwahhhhh”.

  9. Deebee • June 30, 2016 @ 6:39 PM

    DS you obviously don’t know what your talking about, do some research before posting. High fat is heart heAlthy, the trans fats are not. Keto dieting has all the evidence behind it now. We were made to believe the lies that eating fat made us fat and now the science is finally coming out proving that’s not true.

  10. William • July 1, 2016 @ 7:13 AM

    Diet?… Whole Food Plant based Diet. Not a fad and you’ll never be on another one.

    is in your bio-chemistry .

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