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Dec 12

George Clooney Was Hospitalized With Pancreatitis After Losing 30 Pounds for Midnight Sky –

George Clooney may have gotten a little too into character for his latest film role. In The Midnight Sky he plays Augustine, a gout astronomer with cancer who, as the sole survivor of an apocalyptic event, braces for the Earthbound return of astronauts who have no clue their planet is inhabitable. According to the U.K.s Mirror, the Oscar-winning actor lost 30 pounds to achieve Augustines emaciated state, which hospitalized him with pancreatitis four days before filming began.

According to Mayo Clinic, pancreatitis is caused by inflammation of the pancreas. Symptoms include abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting. It occurs when digestive enzymes become activated while still in the pancreas, irritating the cells of your pancreas and causing inflammation, per the clinic.

I think I was trying too hard to lose the weight quickly and probably wasnt taking care of myself, Clooney told Mirror. The 59-year-old also directed the film, and his diagnosis took a toll on early production.

It took a few weeks to get better and as a director its not so easy because you need energy, he explained. On the upside, the condition played right into Augustine. We were out on this glacier in Finland, which made it a lot harder work. But it certainly helped with the character, Clooney said. This is bigger than anything Ive done before and it was like herding cats to get it done. But, you know, it was fun.

As Augustine, Clooney is nearly unrecognizable. Hes obviously thinner and sports a shaved head and gray, scraggly beard. He told Mirror that his wife Amal and 3-year-old daughter, Ella were not the biggest fans of the facial hair.

[They] were really happy when it came off because it was very hard to find a face underneath all that mess, he said. But Ellas twin brother Alexander loved it because hed hide things in it, which I wouldnt know about until I got to work and Id be like, Oh, theres a popsicle stuck in my beard, he quipped.

According to Clooneys recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the film wrapped in February, just before coronavirus lockdowns ravaged the globe. The Midnight Sky premieres on Netflix on Dec. 23.

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