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Chris Hemsworth: The Story Behind His Drastic Weight Loss

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Chris Hemsworth was barely recognizable in a photo he posted on Instagram Tuesday. The blond and buff actor with perfectly coiffed hair is seen with unruly locks, sunburned skin and several kilos thinner.

The Thor star goes from “Sexiest Man Alive” to one of the skinniest because of a strict diet for his role in the Ron Howard action-adventure film ?In The Heart of the Sea? that?s based on an 1820 incident when a whaling crew were said to have been stranded at sea for 90 days after a sperm whale destroyed their ship that became inspiration for Herman Melville?s novel, ?Moby Dick.?

Chris plays Owen Chase, the ship?s first mate, and revealed to KIIS FM that he lost 15 kgs for the part.

Just tried a new diet/training program called "Lost At Sea". Wouldn't recommend it.. #IntheHeartoftheSea @zocothebodypro

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The drastic change in his physique is not at all far from what Tom Hanks did for his 2000 film ?Castaway? and Chris admitted that he got pointers from the veteran.

?? we called up Tom Hanks and he gave us some advice on how to lose the weight,’ Chris said. Tom?s advice? ?’Don’t eat?. Pretty straight-forward.?

“We have to shoot the really skinny stuff where we drop down to five, six, 700 calories a day, a good three or four weeks and it’s going to be pretty uncomfortable, but we’ll be together in our misery,”?the 32-year old actor?told ET. “I spend more time thinking about food than anything else at the moment.”

This role will help Thor fans see the Aussie actor in a new light. Growing up in the Northern Territory, he and his brothers (Luke and Liam, who are also actors) were exposed to a different childhood, which is why they all ended up being actors.

?I was born in Melbourne, then we moved to the Northern Territory, to a cattle station in an Aboriginal community. It was a different world. Crocodiles and all that. It was amazing,? Chris told Shortlist.

?We didn?t own a TV, so we?d read a lot of books: fantasy novels, stuff like that. It was all about us using our imaginations, as opposed to just watching TV ? which is kind of what I create now, so it?s a funny irony. There was a sense of adventure instilled in us, and we loved storytelling.?

?In the Heart of the Sea? hits theaters on December 11.

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