Shia LaBeouf gobbled chicken, eggs and protein shakes to gain 40lbs for ‘Lawless’

Updated: Aug 23, 2012, 19:03 PM IST

London: Shia LaBeouf has said that he hated gaining 40 pounds for his new film ‘Lawless,’ as he had to wake up at night just to drink protein shakes.

The 26-year-old actor put on weight very quickly for his role in the gangster film - which started shooting last February - so he would be more believable as the brother of Tom Hardy.

“Once Tom Hardy got cast, he’s a big boy and it became, ‘Are we from the same fabric of man, can I be your brother?’ Standing next to him I felt like [singer] Josh Groban, I just felt very meek,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.’

“I gained about 40lbs, just eating, your whole lifestyle becomes something else. Every three hours you consume, food becomes vitamins, it’s about necessity, which is gorging, it’s horrible.

“It was protein shakes really, a lot of chicken and eggs. At night, you wake up every three hours, take the shake and wake up. It’s monotonous. You only have a certain amount of time, I had a month, two months to get there,” he said.

The ‘Transformer’ star also said that bulking up his physique didn’t make him more attractive to his girlfriend Karolyn Pho.

“I was sweating like a beast snoring, it was a disaster you know, terrible,” he added.

‘Lawless’ is releasing in US on August 29 and in UK on September 7.