BySarah O'Connell, writer at Creators.co

Chris Hemsworth is a name that makes many a movie-watcher go weak at the knees. Whether he's racing Formula One cars in the 70's or trying to whack Tom Hiddleston with his huge hammer, Mr Hemsworth is the master of looking like a statuesque God while doing so...

This only makes his dramatic weight loss, in preparation for the role in upcoming movie In The Heart of The Sea all the more shocking.

The actor took to Twitter on the weekend, with a picture of himself that looked more Tom Hanks of Cast Away than the hulking mass of muscles we've become accustomed to.

The two actors could easily be mistaken!

Hemsworth committed to a grueling 500-calorie a day diet for the upcoming movie and said:

“That’s all we spoke about. You’ve got 15 burly blokes on the sea and all we talked about was our diet and who’d lost more weight and who’s looking really skinny. It’s ridiculous!”

According to director Ron Howard:

“They had to work out every day, even on shooting days because they had to lose the weight pretty fast and they had to lose it safely. They needed to keep burning the calories and we also needed that sinewy strength that was more of that era, as opposed to a kind of cut, buff look.”

The diet and training has literally turned Hemsworth into half the man he was, but just goes to show the determination and commitment has has for his work.

In The Heart Of The Sea

Based on true-story novel by Nathaniel Philbrick and inspiring Herman Melville's 'Moby Dick', In the Heart of The Sea tells the story of how an American whaling ship named Essex was destroyed by a monstrous whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home.

The story sounds unimaginable and from the pictures released of the movie so far, it's easy to already assume that this movie is going to be epic.

Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea hits theaters December 11. Watch the trailer below:

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