Dan Stevens Ate Four Roast Dinners a Day to Prepare for His Role in Beauty and the Beast

Dan Stevens prepared for his beastly big-screen role by bulking up to fit into a 40-pound muscle suit

The Beast may growl, but his stomach doesn’t.

Dan Stevens, the British actor known for his role as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, will roar onto the big screen this Friday as the Beast in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. But to fit into (and not waste away under the weight of) a 40-pound muscle suit day in and day out, Stevens had to undergo some pretty grueling bulk training.

The actor told Radio Times Magazine that he prepped by eating four roast dinners every day, a feast that would put Mrs. Potts and Lumière’s lavish hospitality to shame.

“I would overheat, especially when we were dancing, so between takes there was a little tube that could be plugged in to ice-cold water to cool me down,” the 34-year-old actor told Radio Times. “I was honestly eating four roast dinners every day just to keep any form of physicality.”

Stevens had to be strapped into stilts, the 40-pound suit, and a special cooling bag every single day just to properly play the menacing role of the Beast — and that’s before he was put into makeup and costume.


If you’re feeling hungry just reading about Stevens’ dietary plan, check out our cheese soufflé recipe, inspired by the “Be Our Guest” scene in the hit Disney movie.