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George Clooney Was Reportedly Hospitalized after Extreme Weight Loss for His Latest Role

Busayo Ogunjimi
Dec 13, 2020
01:40 P.M.
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Some of the most prolific actors have taken on significant risks to be perfect for their roles. George Clooney is one such actor, and he appears to have taken things a bit too far.

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Earlier this week, The Mirror reported that actor and movie director George Clooney had been hospitalized following a rapid weight loss process he went through for a movie role.

The news medium explained that Clooney was gearing up to star in "The Midnight Sky," where he would play a cancer-riddled astronomer. Naturally, he needed to lose some weight.

George Clooney at at the 'Tomorrowland' Press Conference at the L'Hemisferic on May 19, 2015. | Photo: Getty Images

George Clooney at at the 'Tomorrowland' Press Conference at the L'Hemisferic on May 19, 2015. | Photo: Getty Images

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However, four days before he was scheduled to begin filming, he was rushed to the hospital after he felt some severe pains in his stomach. The actor was diagnosed with pancreatitis — a potentially life-threatening situation.

The actor had reportedly lost up to 2 stone (about 12.7 kg.) for the new role. As expected, he believed that his diet contributed to the condition. Clooney said:

"I think I was trying too hard to lose the weight quickly and probably wasn't taking care of myself."

George Clooney attends the "Money Monster" photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

George Clooney attends the "Money Monster" photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images

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Speaking on the project's effect, Clooney highlighted that he would act and direct the movie. He called it his biggest project yet, adding that he needed to be in shape.

The movie appears to feature elements of astronomy and space. That is usually a big market, and it will definitely take some input to work.

Along with his diet change, Clooney also needed to stop shaving to be in character.

George Clooney at "The Men Who Stare At Goats" premiere at the Sala Grande during the 66th Venice Film Festival in 2009. | Photo: Getty Images

George Clooney at "The Men Who Stare At Goats" premiere at the Sala Grande during the 66th Venice Film Festival in 2009. | Photo: Getty Images

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"The Midnight Sky" does appear to be a big-ticket movie. It will be produced in collaboration with Netflix, and it will star names like David Oyelowo and Felicity Jones.

It will also take some exceptional work. In the manner of movies like "Interstellar," Clooney and the crew will have to travel to distant locations.

As the actor told The Mirror: "We were out on this glacier in Finland, which made it a lot harder work. But it certainly helped with the character. This is bigger than anything I've done before and it was like herding cats to get it done."

George Clooney speaks onstage during the Hulu Panel during the Winter TCA 2019 on February 11, 2019

George Clooney speaks onstage during the Hulu Panel during the Winter TCA 2019 on February 11, 2019

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Along with his diet change, Clooney also needed to stop shaving to be in character. The movie's trailer shows that the actor was sporting a substantial beard. This is not Clooney's first brush up with complications amid filming.

In 2018, he had to go to the hospital after he got into a collision with a car in Italy. As reports explained at the time, Clooney was riding his scooter while filming an adaptation of "Catch-22."

George Clooney arriving at the premiere of Michael Clayton during the 33rd Deauville American Film Festival, on September 2, 2007. | Photo: Getty Images

George Clooney arriving at the premiere of Michael Clayton during the 33rd Deauville American Film Festival, on September 2, 2007. | Photo: Getty Images

He was eventually hit by a Mercedes that failed to come to a full stop before turning. The actor did not suffer any significant injuries during the accident. He was eventually discharged just a few hours after checking in.

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