Russell Crowe Packs on 63 Lbs.

10/01/2008 at 10:45 AM EDT

Russell Crowe Packs on 63 Lbs.
Russell Crowe
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Talk about a hefty commitment!

Russell Crowe, who famously buffed his bod for Ridley Scott's Gladiator eight years ago, tells Extra that he packed on 63 extra pounds for his role in Scott’s new suspense thriller Body of Lies.

Crowe, 44, says bulking up was a pleasure: "I'll have that cheeseburger for breakfast, thank you!" he jokes of his attitude toward the weight gain.

Though the Aussie has been known in the past for his affinity to his native VB beer, he says he avoided drinking as a way of gaining weight – because of his boys, Charlie, 4, and Tennyson, 2.

"The drinking thing has sort of taken a different place in my life since I had kids," Crowe says.

"There are a whole lot of things I don't do anymore because it affects my level of patience. I don't want to be in that place where I'm exasperated with these beautiful children."

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