Russell Crowe Opens Up About 52-Pound Weight Loss

Crowe gained the weight for a role in the upcoming film "The Nice Guys."

ByVanessa Wilkins
March 18, 2016, 4:27 PM

— -- Russell Crowe is speaking out about his recent weight loss journey.

During an interview with Australian radio show Fitzy & Wippa on Thursday, Crowe opened up about his dramatic weight loss, revealing that he's lost 52 pounds since beefing up for a movie role.

Crowe, 51, admitted that he gained the weight to get in character for a role in the upcoming film "The Nice Guys," which Crowe stars in opposite Ryan Gosling.

“I was 121.6 kilos (268 pounds) the first week of August last year,” Crowe said. “I did a movie called 'The Nice Guys,' so I wanted to be the physical juxtaposition of Ryan Gosling.”

Crowe revealed that he is now "clawing [his] way back" into shape, and that his current weight is about 98 kilos (216 pounds).

PHOTO: Russell Crowe is seen in Los Angeles, March 05, 2016.
Russell Crowe is seen biking in Los Angeles, March 05, 2016.
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Crowe also spoke about working alongside Gosling, gushing about his co-star and calling it a "treat" to work with the 35-year-old actor.

"That kid is a comic genius. He's great company," Crowe said. "He's really smart. He loves what he does and he asks all the right questions. The kid just knows how to make me laugh. He's very, very funny."

"The Nice Guys" hits theaters on May 20.

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