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In Million Dollar Baby, Hilary Swank plays Maggie Fitzgerald, a tough-as-nails small town girl with big time dreams of becoming a prize fighter. Her determination leads her to seek help from reluctant boxing trainer Frank Dunne played by Clint Eastwood. He initially refuses to take her on, but he relents and she finds her bravery and tests her courage.

To get in shape for this role, Hilary had to push her body to the breaking point. "The first time I heard [that boxing matches have a] three-minute round I thought, 'Three minutes? Wow, I'm really going to kick someone's butt. That's nothing.' And then I was halfway through and I almost threw up," she says.

Her workout and eating regimen was enough to put Rocky to shame. "I started training four and a half hours a day, six days a week," Hilary says. "In three months I ended up putting on 19 pounds of muscle. I had to eat every hour-and-a-half and I drank 55 to 60 egg whites a day."

So how was the workout? "It was all so great because it just put me in the mind set of a boxer.…I have to tell you, I felt so strong. I felt so confident. I loved it."
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Published on January 31, 2005

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