Diet could have killed me - Damon

16:00, Oct 11 2011
Matt Damon
CHAMELEON: Matt Damon in a scene from 1996 film Courage Under Fire (L), and at a healthier weight this year.

Matt Damon claims he lost so much weight for a film he could've died.

The Bourne Trilogy star was so desperate to become an actor when he was younger, he would have done anything to get a role.

His methods were so drastic that his dieting for his part in the 1996 film Courage Under Fire become dangerous.

"I had to be thin and went on an unsupervised diet which could have killed me," the actor told British newspaper The Sun. "A doctor told me later I could have shrunk my heart permanently. I am 5ft 11in [180cm] and went down to 135lb [61kg] from my usual weight, between 173lb [78kg] and 176lb [80kg]. It didn't do me any good."

It wasn't until a year later that Damon became an international star. His movie Good Will Hunting propelled him and co-star Ben Affleck into the Hollywood spotlight. Damon admits that the sudden fame was shocking.

"After years of struggling, I had plenty," Damon explained. "I hit a point in my late twenties when I was travelling and working non-stop. It took years before I felt like myself again. The whole thing was like an out-of-body experience."

However, Damon does enjoy the perks of fame. He doesn't understand why other actors complain when there are so many benefits.

"Whenever I read about famous actors suffering [from] pressure I wonder: 'What are you talking about?' You want a new suit? Armani give you one. It arrives and fits perfectly. You want a set of golf clubs? You get one free," he said.


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