Paul Walter Hauser reveals how his weight has impacted the roles he’s played… adding


Paul Walter Hauser is opening up about how his weight has affected the types of roles he has played.

The 37-year-old actor first came into prominence by playing Shawn Eckhardt in the 2017 biopic I, Tonya and as the title character in 2019’s Richard Jewell.

‘I lost 40 pounds to do the role in Black Bird. I put some of that weight back on, and now I’m bringing it back down,’ he said in a new interview with People.

He added he’s, ‘trying to get back down to 246,’ which is due to his new commitment to professional wrestling.

The actor also added that his highly-anticipated Chris Farley biopic will be his last role as a ‘heavy-set’ person. 

Paul Walter Hauser is opening up about how his weight has affected the types of roles he has played

Paul Walter Hauser is opening up about how his weight has affected the types of roles he has played

'I lost 40 pounds to do the role in Black Bird. I put some of that weight back on, and now I'm bringing it back down,' he said in a new interview with People

‘I lost 40 pounds to do the role in Black Bird. I put some of that weight back on, and now I’m bringing it back down,’ he said in a new interview with People 

Hauser said that the 246-pound mark is, ‘kind of a nice fighting weight for me, for my size and the things I get cast in.’

‘Slowly but surely, I’m going to be chipping away at that,’ he insisted, adding, ‘I’ve played every type of chubby, misguided person. I don’t need to play 900 more.’

Chris Farley will be my last very heavy-set role in which I am on paper and visually overweight,’ Hauser stated. 

‘I have every intention to get the weight down, like Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen and all these other guys who have done it,’ Hauser said.

‘I’m done with that version of that character, and I look forward to being healthy,’ he continued.

The actor is also a father of two boys with wife Amy Boland, adding that getting healthy means he will be, ‘around for a long time for my kids and my wife.’

While he said that staying healthy is, ‘incredibly important to me,’ he admitted, ‘it’s also been very elusive, very hard for me.’

He added that he’s been sober since October 26, 2021, celebrating, ‘over two-and-a-half years of sobriety.’

Hauser said that the 246-pound mark is, 'kind of a nice fighting weight for me, for my size and the things I get cast in'

Hauser said that the 246-pound mark is, ‘kind of a nice fighting weight for me, for my size and the things I get cast in’

'Slowly but surely, I'm going to be chipping away at that,' he insisted, adding, 'I've played every type of chubby, misguided person. I don't need to play 900 more'

‘Slowly but surely, I’m going to be chipping away at that,’ he insisted, adding, ‘I’ve played every type of chubby, misguided person. I don’t need to play 900 more’

' Chris Farley will be my last very heavy-set role in which I am on paper and visually overweight,' Hauser stated

‘ Chris Farley will be my last very heavy-set role in which I am on paper and visually overweight,’ Hauser stated

'I'm done with that version of that character, and I look forward to being healthy,' he continued

‘I’m done with that version of that character, and I look forward to being healthy,’ he continued

The biggest issue in his striving for health and wellness is food, which he said, ‘is still that thing where it becomes a comfort or an outlet.’

‘And unfortunately, everybody eats! You got to eat a couple times a day, so it’s always there — whereas I can not buy marijuana and not buy alcohol, and it feels very distant,’ he admitted.

The biggest perk of slimming down is it will allow him to see, ‘what else I can do’ as an actor, without being limited to roles playing heftier men.

‘(Let’s) see if I can compete with the Ben Fosters and the Ryan Goslings!’ he contended.



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