How I Prepared for A Tale of Two Cities
So, last night, as I came out of the stage door, I was met by an interesting question, one which I get quite frequently: "How old are you?"
Don't know why it's such a big question that people have and I'm always rather surprised when people ask it. I sometimes respond with "How old are YOU?" Believe it or not the folks that ask me are hesitant to answer that one. Be that as it may, I usually always answer and often-times people are surprised to find out that I am as old as I am.
The next question that follows is "What do you eat?"
So I decided to dedicate these next few blogs to how I prepped physically for TALE this go round.
Let me start by saying that I've dropped over 27 pounds for A TALE OF TWO CITIES. When I came back to NY before rehearsal I was 6'3" and fluctuated between 226 & 227 lbs. I'm now stable at 199-200 lbs.
In looking at the show and the novel I wanted to make some changes physically to become more "Carton-esque." There is a spoken line within the show that the character of Lucy has; "We've got to fatten you up Mr. Carton, you're not eating enough." Plus given Carton's propensity for Drink I wanted to shed the pounds and become more physically in tune with Carton.
I'm already pretty healthy when it comes to my daily life, I exercise almost everyday, I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't even take aspirin. Aside from a bout of food poisoning a couple of years ago, I haven't been sick once in almost 6 years.
So where did I start for TALE? Well, I was referred to a great person in Los Angeles named Phil Goglia. Phil runs a company called Performance Fitness Concepts in Venice, California (www.PFCNutrition.com) and he is the guy responsible for helping me get into shape for this role. I had consulted with Phil once before on another project and saw how fast and how well his program worked... so calling him up for help with dropping weight for TALE was a no-brainer. So what did he do for me and in turn what did I do for myself?
Well it all starts with a consult and then food. What kind and how much. I never thought I'd say this but I increased my calories almost by half and started dropping weight in a HEALTHY way almost immediately.
I'll leave it here for now and continue with this prep-program over the next couple of days. Nutrition, overall physical and spiritual health are vital components to my life and therefore become an integral part of my working world as well.