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Bodyguard star Richard Madden reveals unrealistic weight pressures led him to extreme dieting methods

Following his Best Actor win at the 2019 Golden Globes, actor Richard Madden says hes flattered by claims hes the hottest man in film right now.

But it seems the title comes with a price; an unfair pressure for his body to look a certain way – something Madden feels very strongly about.

Richards BBC thriller Bodyguard drew in record audiences last summer, and attracted much attention during the episode where the actor has an on-screen nude scene.

But according to Madden, he fears scenes like this continue to depict an unrealistic body image for people everywhere.

The 32-year-old actor told British Vogue that although the pressure to look a certain way often affects women, its not limited to just the one gender. He confessed, “Ive done numerous jobs where youre told to lose weight and get to the gym. It doesnt just happen to women, it happens to men all the time as well.”

Sharing how hed often push his body to the limit to look a certain way during his acting career, Richard, admitted, “Were projecting a very unrealistic body image.

“I find myself with actor friends – after weve done a kind of barely eating, working-out-twice-a-day, no-carbing thing for these scenes – looking at each other going: Were just feeding this same s*** that were against.”

On the subject of Bodyguard, the former Game of Thrones star praised the chemistry between his and Keeley Hawes character, describing it as feeling natural.

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