Character: Chuck Noland, a FedEx employee who gets stranded on a deserted island in the South Pacific Weight change: Hanks gained 40 pounds to portray his character's initially pudgy figure, then resumed filming a year later after he had lost more than 50 pounds. Method: To slim down, Hanks followed a strict diet of fish and vegetables in addition to a cardio-heavy workout regimen. There's more: Hanks survived a brush with death after a sore on his knee got infected during the shoot.
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