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We barely recog­nised ac­tor Aaron Jef­fery as he made his de­but as un­der­world fig­ure Mark “Chop­per” Read this week.

The 47-year-old un­der­went a se­ri­ous makeover for the two-part minis­eries, which fol­lows the no­to­ri­ous gang­ster’s jour­ney, in­clud­ing pros­thetic ears, tat­toos, scars and hav­ing to put on weight.

“Some­times I’d have a 24-hour makeup call de­pend­ing on the amount of tat­toos and scars I’d need,” says Aaron.

The star says gain­ing a few extra ki­los for the role was easy enough. “We all know how to put on weight – carbs and sugar. I look at a can of coke and put on 5kg!” he laughs “But it wasn’t hard to lose it,” he adds. “I was work­ing 16-hour days and wasn’t able to shovel in much food. And I got gas­tri­tis in the last week and lost more weight.” UN­DER­BELLY FILES: CHOP­PER pre­mieres Sun­day, 8.30pm, Nine

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