Adrien Brody can’t watch The Pianist and ‘cries’ even talking about it

The Oscar-winner said that he even cries talking about the film (Picture: Getty)

Hollywood actor Adrien Brody has revealed that he can’t watch The Pianist after the gruelling lengths he went to for the role, including a ‘starvation diet’ from which he struggled to recover.

Even speaking about the Roman Polanski movie based on Holocaust survivor Wladyslaw Szpilman’s autobiography, which was nominated for seven Oscars and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, would reduce the actor to tears, he said.

The 48-year-old, who was most recently seen in a cameo as a beanie hat-wearing billionaire on HBO smash-hit show Succession, not only lost weight and learned to play Chopin on the piano, but he also sold his car, gave up his home and broke up with his girlfriend at the time ahead of the shoot.

Speaking to The Times, he admitted: ‘I can’t even watch the film. I can’t. I kind of cry when I talk about it’, before revealing that he ‘got sick’ from the drastic weight change pressure he put on his body.

‘It was cumulative,’ he explained. ‘I had a starvation diet, then had to gain it back. My metabolism shifted. I thought I’d experimented and lost, that my body was going to be different from now on.’

The actor, who is currently dating Harvey Weinstein’s ex-wife Georgina Chapman, went on to become the youngest man to win the best actor Academy Award for his performance in The Pianist, at the age of 29.

Nicole Kidman and Adrien Brody at the 75th Annual Academy Awards

Brody won the best actor Oscar alongside Nicole Kidman as best actress in 2003 (Picture: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Brody also shared that he had to pass up an opportunity to work with Werner Herzog in the aftermath of The Pianist, as he hadn’t yet recovered.

‘My character had dysentery and an ant hill on his head. He was consistently tortured. It seems silly now, but I really hadn’t recovered.’

The film was eventually made as Rescue Dawn starring Christian Bale, who is another actor known for extreme physical transformations for his roles in films like The Machinist and Vice, where he played former US Vice President Dick Cheney.

The star walked the red carpet of his latest project, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, with girlfriend Georgina (Pictue: JC Olivera/WireImage)

Elsewhere, King Kong star Brody also said he ‘never clamoured for fame’ and opted instead to spend his thirties ‘hiding’ in upstate New York ‘waiting for the phone to ring’.

‘I retreated from a superficiality that comes with it [fame]. Or an ease of access to things that felt inauthentic and wasn’t the path of my life growing up. It felt dishonest,’ he shared.

Since his Oscar-winning role, the star has appeared in Peaky Blinders, Midnight in Paris and multiple projects for Wes Anderson, including The French Dispatch and The Grand Budapest Hotel.


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