David Harbor told GQ that he had to lose 80 pounds in order to play Jim Hopper again in the fourth season of Stranger Things. While the role (and Harbour himself) gained notoriety for his “Stranger Things” dad bod on social media, he lost all that extra weight to accurately portray Hopper’s detention in Russia. For a large portion of “Stranger Things 4,” the character is imprisoned and not exactly eating well.
I was around 270 [in Season 3] and I was around 190 when we shot [Season 4],” Harbour stated, adding that he used intermittent fasting and Pilates to lose the weight. I doubt I’ll ever act in that manner again.
Harbour added, “I have this Santa Claus movie coming out for Universal in December [called “Violent Night”), and I gained [it all back],” after working quickly to put on weight. But as of right now, never again. The artificial limbs are too good.
Over the course of “Stranger Things” first three seasons, Harbour came to love Hopper’s dad bod appearance. When Merriam-Webster tweeted an article explaining the term “dad bod” and included a video of David Harbour dancing in “Stranger Things,” the message quickly went viral.
Soon after, Harbour told CNET, “I have an odd connection with this dad bod thing. “I kind of adore it, and there’s a really serious reason for it. I do believe that in some ways, I’ve evolved into a sort of modern-day sex symbol.
“There are articles of people digging Hopper,” continued Harbour. However, I’m also a little big and overweight. The thought of real bodies on television is fantastic. Additionally, I adore the notion of making actual people feel admirable and appreciated.