Actor Vincent Kartheiser says he gained 25 pounds and shaved his hairline for the fifth season of "Mad Men," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The season finale aired June 10.
"I gained about 25 pounds — none of it muscle,” said Kartheiser, who plays Pete Campbell on the show. “It was a very thin layer of hot fudge sundae, chicken wings and pizza.”
He added that he shaved his forehead to give himself a receding hairline, to illustrate the stress of his character’s arc of transgressions that caused "self-hate that these kinds of decisions really feed. It’s bitterness seeping into his skin and infecting every molecule of his being," the actor explained.
He noted that his forehead looked ridiculous when it grew in, "like a five o’clock shadow," the story adds.