Simon Pegg’s wife sobbed at his extreme weight loss as he became ‘skin and bone’

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The actor said his wife was so horrified by his gaunt appearance she burst into tears

Simon Pegg has opened up about his wife’s horrified reaction to his shocking weight loss.

The actor, 49, lost a dramatic amount of weight for a film role, and his personal trainer, Nick Lower, posted a photograph of him.

In the photo, usually healthy looking Simon looks gaunt and his skin hangs off him.

It’s so he can look the part in Inheritance, an indie film in which he will play a hostage victim.

Lower captioned the shot: #SimonPegg 6 month body transformation for #InheritanceMovie .

“The brief for this role was lean, VERY lean. It required a specific body shape & look”.

Simon’s new look for next film The Inheritance

Simon’s fans were extremely concerned by the shocking transformation.

One commented: “Realize it’s work, but please, eat a sandwich soon!”

“No offence Simon but it’s time to eat again, you’re not looking healthy”, begged another.

“Tooooo lean!”, exclaimed a third.

Simon Pegg and his wife Maureen McCann
And Simon revealed at MCM Comic Con that his fans weren’t the only ones upset by his extreme weight loss.

His wife Maureen, who he married in 2005, broke down in tears when she saw his “skin and bone” body.

He said: “I did have to get very, very skinny for a job I did this year and my wife was in tears about that, because I kind of got down to just skin and bone, so she wasn’t happy about that.”

Simon added that Maureen helps him stay grounded and stops him from being a “a head-in-the-clouds actor p***k”.

Simon in 2010

“As soon as I get home I’m picking up the dog s**t in the courtyard”, he added.

“Though I do have a courtyard which is p**ckish, to say the least.”

He told GQ Hype that he had some positive reactions to his weight loss, which he found “weird”.

He said: “The response from that picture was so weird. Some people said, ‘You look ill,’ which is what my wife thought.

Simon has a dramatically skinnier figure (Image: Getty Images)

“Others were saying, ‘Well done’. And the thing is, it wasn’t meant to be an aspirational thing. It was a snapshot that my trainer took and I really didn’t expect the furore that followed.”The star added: “All I can think of is that people still think of me as the schlubby guy from Shaun Of The Dead.”

Simon isn’t the first actor to dramatically change their appearance for a movie role.

Christian Bale lost a whopping 62lb for The Machinist, and Renee Zellweger famously gained 30lb for her role as Bridget Jones.

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