Dennis Quaid Spills Secrets of How He Put on Bill Clinton Pounds
By Stacy Jenel Smith Posted May 12th 2010 11:30AM
Exclusive: We don't expect McDonald's to be lovin' the secrets of Dennis Quaid's diet.
Quaid went to great lengths to play Bill Clinton in HBO's upcoming 'The Special Relationship.' "I gained 35 pounds for the role," he tells PopEater. "I could have worn a suit to enhance my weight, but I didn't want to go that route. I did it the way he did: I went to McDonald's every day."
Did he enjoy the license to super size it? "Well, it's different when you're doing it for work. You feel like a baby on a feeding schedule," says Quaid, whose performance as Clinton is outstanding.
'The Special Relationship' marks the third in British screenwriter Peter Morgan's trilogy of films about former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, following 2003's 'The Deal' and 2006's Oscar-winning 'The Queen.' Michael Sheen again plays Blair, along with Helen McCrory as Cherie Blair and Hope Davis as Hillary Rodham Clinton, in this behind-closed-doors story of the unique relationship between the Clintons and Blairs from 1996-2000.
Quaid recently wrapped production on the big screen flick 'Soul Surfer,' in which he plays Tom Hamilton, the father of Bethany Hamilton, the champion teen surfer who lost her arm in a near-fatal shark attack in 2003. He calls his onscreen daughter, AnnaSophia Robb, "just fantastic, incredible. She's a little Meryl Streep, I think. She's so good."
"It's such a great inspirational story -- I just had to be a part of it. It was a no-brainer," says Quaid of the feature, which also stars Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood. "I saw [Hamilton] on TV and I was so moved by the way she took lemons and made lemonade out of what happened to her."
It's not the first time that Quaid has found himself playing dad to a gifted young actress. Asked what he'd like to say to his 'Parent Trap' daughter, Lindsay Lohan, he hesitates and sighs.
"I haven't talked to her in years, and I don't really want to get involved in the drama. It's too bad," he says. "I'd just like her to get on with her life, to tell you the truth."
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