John Goodman Weight Loss Journey – John Goodman over the years
Whenever people think about John Goodman, they conjure up images of a big and burly guy in the movies. Known for his affable personality on-screen, John Goodman got sick and tired of his oversized physique. We will leave his methods of losing weight later in this post. Let’s focus on his weight change over the years.
John Goodman Was Not Always Overweight
Believe it or not, John Goodman played football during his high school days. In fact, he was so good at it that he attained a football scholarship to Missouri State University! Other than graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1975, John Goodman had a pretty good physique then. Check out some of his younger pictures:
John Goodman Got Bigger in Big River
John Goodman ventured out of Missouri in search for more acting opportunities. He went to New York City in 1975. However, it took him a decade to get the role of Pap Finn In Big River. By then, John Goodman’s weight has increased considerably. Check out a photo taken in the 1985 Broadway production of Big River below:
True Story That John Goodman Grew Heavier
A year later in 1986, John Goodman starred in the film True Stories. His 6-foot-3 frame took centrestage in that movie. Below is a screenshot taken from the movie. You can see that John Goodman still had a pretty healthy waistline then:
John Goodman’s Weight Raised With his Raised Stardom
In 1987, John Goodman starred in the American crime comedy movie Raising Arizona. He starred alongside Nicolas Cage. Playing his role as Gale Snoats, John Goodman appeared to have gained many pounds. It was evident in his bulging belly and fast developing man-boobs. Here is a screen shot of John Goodman in Raising Arizona. Don’t you agree he was starting to pile up the pounds then?
Watch also this hilarious clip from Raising Arizona where the robbers (one of them being Gale Snoats), leaving their “Junior” after their robbery (warning: damn funny):
John Goodman’s weight gain did not stop there. His weight went from heavy to very heavy in the coming years. By 1991, his heavy frame is synonymous with his name. John Goodman meant someone who is overweight with on-screen presence. To get a feel of how it was like, check out the photos below taken from the movie Barton Fink:
John Goodman’s Big Frame Made Him A Natural As Fred Flintstone
John Goodman’s reputation as a big man led him to the role of Fred Flintstone in 1994. His height, built and sense of humour made him a natural choice for Yabba-Dabba-Doo. It was a huge box office success. And it was apparent that John Goodman’s “strong” built contributed to the authenticity of the movie. Here is a few shots of John Goodman in the movie:
John Goodman in The Big Lebowski – Still Gaining Weight
Who do you look for if you want to cast a greedy ransom collector? Look no further, John Goodman with his big frame and huge presence was the ideal candidate. In 1998, he was cast as Walter Sobchak, who tried to keep ransom money in the movie, The Big Lebowski. Here he is holding a bowling ball in The Big Lebowski:
Here is a scene of John Goodman destroying a car in The Big Lebowski. You wouldn’t want to get anywhere near him. It took another rotund mad person to stop him:
John Goodman Weight Issues Continue in Year 2000
John Goodman’s weight continued to rise. In the movie “O Brother Where Art Thou”, he played the role of Daniel “Big Dan” Teague, a one-eyed man who masquerades as a bible salesman. Check out this shot from the movie. His pants looked stretched to the max! Would you agree he did not really care about his weight?
In 2002, John Goodman played a role in the Australia Film, Dirty Deeds. He looked every bit his role with a moustache and sleek suit. His broad shoulders made him look really intimidating. Check out the photo below:
John Goodman’s Weight was Beyond Hope in Beyond The Sea
His weight did not improve two years later. In 2004, John Goodman starred in the box office flop Beyond the Sea. Despite having a $25 million budget, the film only made $8.4 million at the box office. John Goodman’s weight did not take a plunge though.
A Heavy Smoking John Goodman
In 2008, John Goodman was spotted smoking during the premiere of Speed Racer. You could see that his belly was weighing heavy on his belt. It was a challenge to see his belt buckle.
The photo below shows John Goodman attending the premiere for ‘In The Electric Mist’ as part of the 59th Berlin Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast February 7, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. Like his scarf, he truly looked like a Boss:
John Goodman was seen attending the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala presented by The Los Angeles Times held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 22, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. He was dressed in a smart tie and fitting jacket. Still, his ambitions to lose weight were not evident:
In 2013, John Goodman was spotted in a random shot at LAX International Airport in Los Angeles. The buttons on his shirt were almost at breaking point! Check him out below:
In 2014, John Goodman attended the Monument Men Premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre. Dressed in a smart looking full body suit, he looked vibrant alongside George Clooney. His weight loss plan has not kicked in though:
John Goodman Weight Loss Started in 2015
Then, in 2015, John Goodman surprised everyone! He turned up at the “Trumbo” premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival at the Elgin looking a WHOLE LOT THINNER. Gone were his big belly and wide waistline. He looked trim and fit. It was an incredible feat that spawned many interviews about his weight.
Check out the John Goodman 2015 revelation photo below:
John Goodman Revealed His Weight Loss Secrets and Motivation
In an interview with the New York Post, his personal trainer, Mackie Shilstone, shared that John Goodman shed around 100 pounds. He said “ This didn’t happen overnight – it’s been an ongoing process.”
Shilstone took Goodman even further when he introduced him to a “Mediterranean-style eating plan” — one that leans heavily toward fish, nuts, olive oil, vegetables and fruit. Goodman also exercised six days a week, making sure to take 10,000 to 12,000 steps a day. An elliptical bicycle and treadmill played a big part in whittling the pounds.
Shilstone shared “There needs to be strategic planning. This time, he really wanted to do it.”
John Goodman admitted ‘I know it sounds sappy, but it was a waste. It takes a lot of creative energy to sit on your ass and figure out what you’re going to eat next … I wanted to live life better.’
To prove that his weight loss was not “a flash in the pan” event, Goodman kept his weight off.
Watch John Goodman talk about his film “10 Cloverfield Lane” and reasons for his weight loss:
In his latest appearances in 2017, he looked fit and healthy in a much smaller frame. Here, you can see him posing with his caricature at the Sardi’s Caricatures Unveiling at Sardi’s in New York City:
And looks like his weight loss did affect his sense of humor. The photo below shows John Goodman attending a ceremony for The Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. Still his usual crazy and uncanny self that made him so popular among fans:
John Goodman Before and After Photos
Here are some before and after pictures placed side by side showing the dramatic weight loss of John Goodman. He showed that nothing is impossible. Having been oversized since the early 80s, it is incredible to witness such a weight drop after 30 years! If John Goodman can do it, you can do it too!