If you passed by actor Ethan Suplee today, you might not recognize him as the actor from Remember the Titans, My Name is Earl and Mallrats. The 43-year-old is not known for the ripped, packed-on muscles he has now. Just check out what Suplee looks like now after losing hundreds of pounds on his own (without the backing of personal trainers from a studio like Marvel):
Ethan Suplee is now taking the time to discuss the tough journey with his weight throughout his lifetime on his brand new podcast American Glutton. On the podcast, he admitted he’s lost and gained at least 1,000 pounds between various periods of crazy diets and making gains. He said he’s tried every diet in the book, but things didn't stick until Person of Interest actor Jim Caviezel once approached him. In Suplee’s words on the hard conversation:
Now at the time, Jim Caviezel may have literally been seeking to emulate Jesus Christ considering Ethan Suplee spoke to him a couple years before he starred in The Passion of the Christ. Even so, Suplee was shocked by the conversation. He’d never been told anything like that before about his appearance. Here’s what Suplee recalled next:
It sounds like the conversation changed his perspective on things. He felt it was time to prove himself and make some modifications to his lifestyle. The plane was taking him to Romania, where he’d film Cold Mountain with Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger and Natalie Portman. He explained on the podcast that if you re-watch the movie, you’ll start to see the transformation take effect.
Ethan Suplee went from 530 pounds to 220. He described the latter weight as “skin and bones.” He tried every diet in the book and was riding his bicycles for miles everyday. But once he lost the weight, he wasn’t able to find work. Casting directors didn’t know who he was anymore. So he gained some of it back and found roles all over the map, including his recent work with Edward Norton after American History X back in 1998 in the noir Motherless Brooklyn.
In addition to his work on Netflix’s The Ranch and Santa Clarita Diet, Ethan Suplee was also in the controversial Blumhouse movie, The Hunt which was removed from theatrical release last year. You can listen to the full first American Glutton episode here.
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