Ryan Gosling says he was fired from Peter Jackson's 2009 film "The Lovely Bones" because of his weight, adding that he downed melted ice cream to gain 60 pounds so he could play a grieving father, a character the actor thought should be fatter.
The role ultimately went to Mark Wahlberg. "The Lovely Bones" earned Stanley Tucci an Oscar nomination for his performance as the film's villain, a killer who murders the teenage daughter of Wahlberg's character.
Jackson, more widely known as the director of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and an upcoming remake of its prequel "The Hobbit", has not commented. He fired Gosling, a 30-year-old Canadian actor, from the project before production began in 2007, the Hollywood Reporter said.
"I was 150 pounds when he hired me and I showed up on set 210 pounds," Gosling told the trade publication in a video interview. "We had a different idea of how the character should look."
Gosling said he drank melted Haagen Dazs ice cream when he was thirsty to gain weight for the movie, adding: "I showed up and they said, 'You look terrible' and I said, I know, isn't it great?'"
"We just had wildly different ideas of what the film should be," he said about Jackson. " We didn't talk very much during the preproduction process, which was the problem. It was a huge movie and there's so many things to deal with and he couldn't deal with the actors individually. I just showed up on set and I had gotten it wrong. Then I was fat and unemployed."
Gosling rose to fame with the 2004 movie "The Notebook" and can currently be seen in the new Kirsten Dunst film "All Good Things", which sees him playing a suspected murderer. The movie is set for release on Friday.