Mark Ruffalo had to force-feed himself to gain weight for TV show

Mark Ruffalo had to force feed himself in order to gain 30 pounds (13 kilograms) for his new HBO show, I Know This Much Is True.The actor plays the dual role of twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in the upcoming drama series, which is based on the novel…

Mark Ruffalo had to force feed himself in order to gain 30 pounds (13 kilograms) for his new HBO show, I Know This Much Is True.

The actor plays the dual role of twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in the upcoming drama series, which is based on the novel of the same name by author Wally Lamb.

It follows the brothers at different stages in their lives as they deal with the problems stemming from Thomas’s struggle with paranoid schizophrenia, and Dominick’s grief over the death of his child.

Ruffalo was tasked with gaining weight for the role of Thomas to portray the side effects of the “stabilisers and antipsychotics” he has to take in order to control his condition, and the Avengers: Endgame star has now claimed putting on the extra pounds was a lonely existence.

“When you’re force-feeding yourself, some of the romance of food leaves,” he said during an appearance at an event for the Television Critics’ Association. “Those five weeks were kind of lonely, I’d been away from my family and (Thomas) hears voices, and I was imagining that life and there was a couple weeks where I was just staying by myself, going down into the heart of this mental illness and studying it.”

And the Ruffalo felt a lot of pressure when taking on both roles, and confessed he was afraid to try and depict Thomas’s mental illness.

“I was really afraid to play it, I think it’s a really an important issue and I want to tell it as honestly as possible, the responsibility of playing it was really apparent to me,” the 52-year-old explained.

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Matt Damon to star in Tom McCarthy’s new drama

Matt Damon is teaming up with director Tom McCarthy for new drama Stillwater. The Bourne Identity actor will play Bill, an oil rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille in France to visit his estranged daughter who is in prison for a murder…

Matt Damon is teaming up with director Tom McCarthy for new drama Stillwater.

The Bourne Identity actor will play Bill, an oil rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille in France to visit his estranged daughter who is in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit.

Bill makes it his mission to exonerate his daughter, although he is confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system.

According to editors at Variety, McCarthy, who won an Oscar for writing 2015’s Spotlight, which also won Best Film, approached the Ocean’s Eleven star with the Stillwater script and Damon jumped at the opportunity, because they had been very interested in working together after Damon had to pass on Spotlight due to scheduling conflicts.

The 48-year-old attached himself to the project back in May and it was quickly acquired by executives at Participant, who had previously worked with McCarthy on his Oscar-winning drama.

“This is a wonderful script, centred on universal themes of connection and the search for truth, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring it to audiences around the world,” Participant chief executive officer David Linde told the publication.

McCarthy co-wrote the script with Thomas Bidegain and Noe Debre, and will also serve as a producer alongside Liza Chasin, Jonathan King, Jeff Skoll and Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda.

“Tom, Thomas and Noe have written a complex, surprising and emotional story, and Tom is crafting a film that asks us to consider how we engage with each other in an increasingly connected but also fragmented world,” said King and Chasin. “Matt is the perfect actor to stand at the centre of it all.”

Damon can next been seeing in Ford v Ferrari, alongside Christian Bale, while McCarthy recently developed the TV series The Loudest Voice, about the rise and fall of Fox News executive Roger Ailes.

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