Tom Hanks is known for his big-screen transformations; the Oscar-winning actor has played everything from a man stranded on a desert island to an HIV-positive attorney. But now, after his recent diabetes diagnosis, the star says he's done with manipulating his weight for movie roles.
A fit-looking Hanks revealed his medical condition on David Letterman's late-night show, saying, "I went to the doctor and he said, 'You know those high blood sugar numbers you've been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you've graduated. You've got type 2 diabetes, young man."
But, he added: "It's controllable. Something's going to kill us all, Dave."
Hanks joked that he can't really follow his doctor's advice to get down to his high school weight to control his diabetes: "I said to (the doctor), 'Well I'm gonna have type 2 diabetes, because there is no way I was gonna weigh what I weighed in high school," he said. "I weighed 96 pounds in high school. I was a very skinny boy."
There won't be any weight gain for the big screen, either. The actor told the BBC, "I've talked to a number of actors who have gained weight for roles and, just out of the sheer physical toll on one's knees and shoulders, no one wants to do it again. I think that's more or less a young man's game. I'm 57 and I don't think I'm going to take on any job -- or go on any vacation again -- and see to it that I can gain 30 pounds."
Meanwhile, some are speculating that decades of yo-yo dieting may have put the actor at risk for the disease.
While Hanks was forced to lose weight for his role in the 1993 film "Philadelphia," this was shortly after he'd already gained 30 pounds to play baseball coach Jimmy Dugan in the 1992 movie, "A League of Their Own."
In 2000, the actor told Entertainment Weekly he lost more than 50 pounds to play stranded FedEx employee Chuck Noland in "Cast Away." Of course, he had to gain weight first, for the "fat half" of the flick. He told UK's The Guardian, "I was 40 pounds over. Just horribly fat."
While the actor's Twitter biography jokes, "Sometimes I'm in pretty good shape, other times I'm not. Hey, you gotta live, you know?" he seems to have had a change of tune.
After he broke his health news, Hanks tweeted: "Yep, I have #2 diabetes. Type 1 is VERY SERIOUS! Type 2 I can manage with good habits. I shall! Hanx."
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