Dennis Quaid used to be manorexic

quaid-manorexia.jpgIn a refreshing change of pace from the latest story of a young female celebrity battling with the pressures of staying thin to avoid fat jokes, Dennis Quaid tells Best Life magazine about his own battle with anorexia in the mid-90’s.

“My arms were so skinny that I couldn’t pull myself out of a pool,” Quaid, 51, told Best Life, as excerpted Friday in the New York Post. But the Day After Tomorrow star couldn’t connect with the 138-pound frame in the mirror. He still saw himself as 180 pounds, he said, describing a common part of anorexia.

Quaid tells the magazine that the manorexia started while preparing to play Doc Holliday in 1994 Costner-helmed Wyatt Earp, losing 40 pounds for the role. Unfortunately, this was before it was common knowledge that, to be a successful Doc Holliday, one must simply be named Val Kilmer. Or at the very least, be able to say “I’ll be your Huckleberry” in a badass accent. Plus Dennis was way too fat to play the role anyways.