When speaking to Men’s Health about working with Mike Flanagan and preparing for “Midnight Mass,” Rahul Kohli confessed that he gained weight “the bad way,” for the role because that’s how he and the director originally saw Sheriff Hassan. He didn’t follow a specific routine, sasying, “I just was like ‘eat crap, eat crap, eat crap.'” This meant that he gained weight very quickly, but as the Men’s Health piece points out, just when “Midnight Mass” was about to start filming, production was shut down due to the ongoing pandemic and Kohli had to return to Los Angeles.
The “iZombie” actor also revealed that he had some health problems as a result of the weight gain, explaining that he would wake up at night with heartburn and stomach issues. It was during this time that he sent Flanagan a picture of Joel Miller from Naughty Dog’s “The Last of Us” game, suggesting the grizzled survivor as new inspiration for Sheriff Hassan — and so Kohli had to lose the weight that he’d put on for the role.
The actor told Men’s Health, “It was the stupidest method acting nonsense I’ve ever done.” He explained it was “the kind of weight that the industry would be like ‘oooh look at him!'” He then pointed out that he had to “lose it all and hit the gym hard.” Thankfully, the star managed to work the weight off (if his Instagram is anything to go by) but it’s his brilliant performance that will be remembered by horror fans, not gaining or losing weight.