ALL CROPS: Matthew McConaughey, star of the animated film, “Sing,” makes an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday, December 14th
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When Gold hits movie theaters this January, viewers will be treated to “a whole lot of McConaughey.”

The actor was required to pile on the pounds for the movie, in which he plays an unlucky businessman who teams up with a geologist played by Édgar Ramírez to find gold deep in the jungles of Indonesia. In his interview on Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, McConaughey opened up about his weight gain method and how much he enjoyed being a plus-size version of himself. “That’s cheeseburgers and beers for eight months, whenever I wanted them,” he told DeGeneres happily.

It gets better. When the comedian asked if the change in physique caused him any fatigue or energy loss, he revealed that surprisingly it had the opposite outcome. “I did learn the only thing that makes you tired from over indulging is the thought of quitting,” he said. “I never got tired. I slept great. I had great energy. My nickname in the household was ‘Captain Fun.’ My wife misses all 217 pounds of me and the kids do too because it was pizza night any night.” (Though he did add that the kids didn’t eat quite as much as him.)

But there was a flip side to all the fun. Losing the excess pounds wasn’t nearly as enjoyable and took a grueling six months to do. That revelation didn’t faze DeGeneres though. “I’m going to gain weight for season 15 and then I’ll see if i want to lose it for 16,” she quipped. Pass the burgers.

Gold opens in theaters on Jan. 27.

Watch the full interview below.

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