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Chris Hemsworth's radical milkshake diet

He's eating the equivalent of one milkshake a day.

He packed on nearly 10kg of muscle for his leading role in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, but now Chris Hemsworth is determined to lose the extra pounds for an upcoming film project.

Eating the equivalent of one milkshake a day (between 500 to 600 calories), the 30-year-old determined to become “scrawny” for Ron Howard’s new film Heart of the Sea.

“[The movie] is the true events that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick,” he explained to US talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel.

“A bunch of sailors in a whaling ship get struck by a whale, the ship sinks and they jump onto the small rafts and drift for 90 days. And basically they begin to die and eat each other.

“[It's] a romantic comedy,” he added, with a smile.

Compared to his diet on the Thor movies – which consisted of 3500 calories a day, mostly vegetables and protein – this radical weight-loss programme will be hard for the star.

“It's funny, you've never heard 15 big, burly guys playing sailors talk about their calorie-count, what they should and shouldn't eat, what their cheat meal is going to be,” he said of the new regime.

Heart of the Sea is scheduled for a 2014 release date.

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