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It's a well-known fact that actors often subside on ridiculous diets of apples, tuna and handfuls of apricots to whittle themselves down for movie roles, and even down-to-earth types such as Liam Hemsworth aren't immune from the pressure to starve for their art — or, in this case, abs.

The Australian Miley Cyrus aficionado told E! News that he basically subscribed to the breatharian diet in order to be camera ready for The Dressmaker by eating nothing but accidentally ingested dust particles for a sustained period of time:

"I didn’t eat for weeks. Anytime you’re going to come out and take your top off, it’s good to do a couple of pushups... It’s very difficult to come out and just take your clothes off."

It was worth the effort
It was worth the effort

Although the 26-year-old actor was obviously exaggerating how little he imbibed during filming, Kate Winslet backed up his extreme diet claims by telling interviewers she often heard his stomach growling on set.

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This might be the first time that Liam Hemsworth has suffered for his art, but maybe he got some appetite-suppressing advice from his big bro Chris who lost over 30 pounds for his role in The Heart of the Sea.

Let's hope that Liam's efforts have more of a pay off though. Despite Chris's obvious dedication to the role, In the Heart of the Sea bombed at the box office. A disaster that has to hurt even more when you've been woefully nibbling on boiled eggs and celery for months while watched your gym honed figure melt away like a sad candle.

Check out the trailer for The Dressmaker below to see if you think Liam risks facing a similar fate:

The Dressmaker hits theaters on Sept. 23.

Would you ever go on an extreme diet for an excellent career opportunity?

(Source: E! News)