According to actor David Harbour, who shed an incredible 80 pounds for Stranger Things Season 4, he has no plans to go through with another drastic weight reduction anytime soon.
Hopper, the character played by Harbour, is imprisoned in a Soviet gulag in Season 4. He isn’t eating much, and Harbour shed a significant amount of weight to make it appear plausible.
Harbour told British GQ, “I shed roughly 80 pounds from season three—I was about 270 [then], and when we shot [season four], I was around 190.”
What was his method? He mentioned Pilates and intermittent fasting, adding that he lost weight over the course of around eight months.
David Harbour doesn’t want to go through the procedure again since it seems difficult. In reality, he already regained all of his weight for the role of Santa Claus in the motion picture Violent Night.
When it comes to reducing so much weight for a project, he adds, “I don’t think I’ll ever do it again.” “I gained [it all back] because I have this Santa Claus movie coming out for Universal in December. But as of right now, never again. The artificial limbs are too wonderful.”
In the same interview, Harbour discussed another aspect of filmmaking in which he has little interest: method acting. He said that when he was younger, he was more excited about the method acting technique and had even considered killing a cat to see what it would be like to kill an object for a part. In any case, he doesn’t think that would have been a smart idea, therefore he didn’t do it.
In addition to being foolish and risky, that stuff doesn’t actually result in high-quality work, according to Harbour. Daniel Day-Lewis, who is renowned for his method of acting, is an “amazing actor,” according to Harbour, who is “captivated and fascinated by” him. However, Harbour said that “when he explains his approach it seems like nonsense to me.”