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Four days before filming was to begin on the Netflix movie, which comes out Dec. 23, Clooney — who lost nearly 30 pounds for the role — was hospitalized with stomach pains and was diagnosed with pancreatitis, his publicist confirms to Yahoo Entertainment.
“He has fully recovered,” Stan Rosenfield says.
Acute pancreatitis is a disease in which the pancreas becomes inflamed. Symptoms range from mild discomfort to a severe, life-threatening illness.
While promoting the film, which was shot from October 2019 through February 2020, Clooney, who both directs and stars, told the Mirror, "I think I was trying too hard to lose the weight quickly and probably wasn't taking care of myself.”
“It took a few weeks to get better and as a director, it’s not so easy because you need energy,” Clooney told the outlet. “We were out on this glacier in Finland, which made it a lot harder to work. But it certainly helped with the character,” a cancer-stricken scientist in the Arctic Circle who’s in a race to reach a crew of astronauts and warn them of an impending global catastrophe.
The film —based on the novel Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton — also stars Felicity Jones and David Oyelowo.
This is the second time recently that Clooney was hospitalized while in production on a film. In 2018, he was rushed to a hospital on the island of Sardinia after he suffered injuries in a motorbike crash.
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