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Jared Leto battled gout for film role

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Feb 05, 2014 | 7:08am EST

Jared Leto was struck down with gout after gaining nearly five stone (67 pounds/30 kilograms) for a movie role. The 30 Seconds To Mars frontman piled on the pounds to play John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman in Chapter 27, but the excessive weight gain caused a number of health problems. Leto battled gout, which involves painful bouts of inflammatory arthritis, and raised cholesterol, which prompted doctors to put him on medication. He tells Britain's The Guardian, "Really, it's a stupid thing to do (gaining weight). I got gout, and my cholesterol went up so fast in such a short time that my doctors wanted to put me on Lipitor, which is for much, much older people." Leto reveals he was able to lose the weight by performing with his band, adding, "I lost a lot of it by going on tour; not straight away, but I was still kinda waddling around onstage for the first few dates, and eventually it came back off, thank God."

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