Don’t think I’ll ever do that again, said David Harbour after losing 80 pounds for Season 4 of Stranger Things.
The character of Hopper, who begins the season imprisoned in a Russian work camp, required the actor to undergo a complete makeover in just eight months, according to the actor. David Harbour has no interest in slimming down for a job again.
The 47-year-old Stranger Things actor believes that was likely the last time he underwent that kind of makeover. He lost 80 pounds for his role as Sheriff Jim Hopper in the adored Netflix series.
In season three, Harbour weighed about 270 pounds; by the time we started filming season four, he was about 190 pounds.
According to the actor, he reduced his weight in just eight months by practising intermittent fasting and Pilates in order to represent Hopper, who begins the new season being taken captive by Russians in a labour camp.
According to him, he won’t likely ever repeat that action. “I gained [it all back] because I have this Santa Claus movie, “Violent Night,” that Universal will release in December. Now, though, never again. Too wonderful are the prosthetics.”
Since the start of the popular Netflix series, fans have loved Harbour’s character from Stranger Things. Late last year, Merriam-Webster tweeted a video of Harbour dancing from the show as a visual representation of the phrase “dad bod.”
The actor, however, admitted the following year that he is conflicted about the acceptance of his “dad bod.”
At the time, Harbour said to CNET Magazine, “I have a peculiar connection with this dad bod thing. “I sort of adore it, and there’s a really significant cause for my affection.
I do believe that in some ways, I’ve evolved into a sort of sex symbol for the modern age – there are headlines about people enjoying Hopper. However, I’m also a little big and overweight. Real bodies on television are an amazing concept. And I adore the notion of making actual people lovely and beloved.”
The native of New York continued by saying that he was “sick of these bodies on television that are unrealistically thin” and that he hoped the good response to his “actual body” may inspire Hollywood to keep broadening its conception of what is leading girls and leading men should look like.
“I’m sick of twigs on both ends of the gender spectrum, therefore I want people to feel beautiful in their bodies. I’ve had enough of twigs “he stated.
“I want individuals to value their bodies. I don’t want you to be unwell, look. I want you to take good care of your heart and of yourself. Your obesity is not something we want. I no longer find those people attractive, though, because of the unrealistic standards that Hollywood imposes.”
These unrealistic beauty standards, according to Harbor, are “brutal to culture,” and he doesn’t “want that cruelty in our bodies longer.”
He continued, “I want more huge girls playing important roles. “I favour big men playing the lead roles. I desire for them to be the hero.”
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