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Underwood survived on liquid diet to shed weight

The L.A. Law star plays the President of the United States in the action series, which debuted in September (10) – but he couldn’t ignore his bulging belly when he reviewed the first episode earlier this year (10).

He underwent the gruelling Master Cleanse for “weeks” to get back in shape – which meant restricting his intake to nothing more than a mixture of lemon water, maple syrup and cayenne pepper.

And now Underwood’s finally feeling camera ready.

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He says, “A couple months ago I was 20 pounds heavier. This show I’m doing now, The Event, we did the pilot. There’s five months between (shooting) the first episode and the second episode. I saw the pilot and I go, ‘Oh, no. Oh, no brother, you need to lose some weight!'”

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