Austin Butler's Hack For Gaining Weight To Play Elvis Has Us Clutching Our Lactaid

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Austin Butler's Weight Gain Secret For 'Elvis'Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Ever thrown your ice cream in the microwave to soften it a bit, only to accidentally turn it into a sweet soup by leaving it in a few seconds too long? Well, if it’s any consolation, it turns out that this is something movie stars have been doing on purpose. Yes, that’s right. It turns out that drinking melted ice cream has become a Hollywood weight-gain trick for some time now—and Austin Butler is among the latest to throw back some pints of the soupy sweet treat.

In this week’s episode of Variety’s Awards Circuit Podcast, Butler sat down to discuss his Oscar-nominated role in Elvis and his odd preparation process. (Butler has already become the subject of internet fascination for his method approach to the role, with many noticing a lasting change in Butler’s voice.)

Butler says that his manager called and told the actor that he needed to start bulking up to appear more like Elvis Presley. “I heard that Ryan Gosling, when he was going to do The Lovely Bones, had microwaved Häagen-Dazs and would drink it. So I started doing that,” Butler told Variety. Butler says he also would consume two dozen donuts at a time as part of his meal plan. "It's fun for a week," he said, but then "you feel awful about yourself."

Presley himself, of course, was no stranger to unique meal choices. Among Presley’s reported favorite dishes were the Fool’s Gold Loaf, which consists of a loaf of bread carved out and filled with peanut butter, jam, and a pound of bacon, and his signature fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Butler’s melted ice cream regimen—and other bold preparation choices like moving to Australia during the pandemic—seem to have paid off. His work in Elvis earned him his first Oscar nomination for best actor. So, the next time you microwave your ice cream, maybe consider going all the way making it a drink. There might be a secret to success in those sweet sips.

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