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Robert Pattinson says he once ate nothing but potatoes and salt for two weeks

Tom Wood

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Robert Pattinson says he once ate nothing but potatoes and salt for two weeks

Robert Pattinson has spoken out about the horrendous diet routine that he had to undergo to get into the required shape for The Batman, which including eating only salted potatoes for a full fortnight.

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Now, it’s absolutely nothing new for film stars to gain weight, drop a load of pounds, build a load of muscle, or change their appearance in any way for a role.

Think Christian Bale in The Machinist, or Christian Bale for Batman Begins, or – actually – just think about pretty much any Christian Bale movie.

That guy really loves to undergo a physical transformation for his roles, but he’s far from the only one who does stuff like that.

One such person is Robert Pattinson.

For his role as Bruce Wayne in the most recent iteration of the Caped Crusader, he was made to pile on a lot of muscle and weight in order to properly inhabit the PVC bat suit.

Pattinson did managed to get pretty ripped for The Batman. Credit: Album/Alamy Stock Photo
Pattinson did managed to get pretty ripped for The Batman. Credit: Album/Alamy Stock Photo

It’s fair to say that he didn’t particularly like the idea of it, having spoken out about the ‘insidious’ standards that male actors can face in order to take on a part.

At this point, it’s worth pointing out that there are some ridiculous and exacting standards that women are forced to conform to within Hollywood, and we are definitely not minimising that fact - we're just looking at what Pattinson himself had to say.

In a cover interview for ES magazine, the Twilight star said: “Even if you’re just watching your calorie intake, it’s extraordinarily addictive — and you don’t quite realize how insidious it is until it’s too late.”

He claims that his own body image has not been something that he’s struggled with, but admitted that he’s ‘basically tried ever fad you can think of, everything except consistency’.

That includes a particularly strange – and likely seriously unhealthy – diet that he once adopted.

He was quite skinny in the Harry Potter films, though. Credit: Album/Alamy Stock Photo
He was quite skinny in the Harry Potter films, though. Credit: Album/Alamy Stock Photo

The 36-year-old Londoner said: “I once ate nothing but potatoes for two weeks, as a detox. Just boiled potatoes and Himalayan pink salt.

“Apparently it’s a cleanse… you definitely lose weight.”

Nowadays, he wants to ‘try consistency’ for 2023 after becoming bored of diets such as keto.

On that front, he said: “I was like, ‘Oh, there’s a diet where you just eat charcuterie boards and cheese all the time?’

“But I didn’t realize that you can’t have beer as it completely defeats the purpose.”

When he was in preparation for The Batman, Pattinson actually said that he didn’t believe being ripped was that important.

He once said: “I think if you’re working out all the time, you’re part of the problem. You set a precedent.

“No one was doing this in the ’70s. Even James Dean — he wasn’t exactly ripped.

“Literally, I’m just barely doing anything.”

Nowadays, he just wants 'consistency'. Credit: NurPhoto SRL/Alamy Stock Photo
Nowadays, he just wants 'consistency'. Credit: NurPhoto SRL/Alamy Stock Photo

However, those comments landed him in hot water.

He later admitted that that ‘came back to haunt [him]’, adding: “I just always think it’s really embarrassing to talk about how you’re working out,

“You’re playing Batman. You have to work out.”

Back in this latest interview, he said: “I got in so much trouble for saying that I don’t work out, even from my trainer, who was like, ‘Why would you say that?'”

If you want to catch Pattinson in his latest role, he’s currently starring in Mickey 17 - under director Bong Joon-Ho – which is set for release in March next year.

Featured Image Credit: Ana Maria Wiggins / Sipa US / Alamy

Topics: Robert Pattinson, TV and Film, Food And Drink, Health, Weird, Celebrity

Tom Wood
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