Actors typically drastically change their look for film roles, typically reworking into a utterly completely different particular person for every movie they seem in.
One of essentially the most drastic––and all-consuming––modifications to an actors’ look could be after they drop a few pounds.
Here are 25 actors that misplaced a drastic quantity of weight for film roles…
- 1. Tom Hanks, Philadelphia, 1993
- 2. Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables, 2012
- 3. Jake Gyllenhaal, The Nightcrawler, 2014
- 4. Christian Bale, The Machinist, 2004
- 5. Michael Fassbender, Hunger, 2008
- 6. Zoe Kravitz, The Road Within, 2014
- 7. Chris Hemsworth, In the Heart of the Sea, 2014
- 8. Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club, 2013
- 9. Liam Neeson, Silence, 2016
- 10. Joaquin Phoenix, The Joker, 2019
- 11. Mila Kunis, The Black Swan, 2010
- 12. Tom Hanks, Cast Away, 2000
- 13. Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club, 2013
- 14. Natalie Portman, The Black Swan, 2010
- 15. Ben Kingsley, Gandhi, 1982
- 16. Adam Driver, Silence, 2016
- 17. Lily Collins, To the Bone, 2017
- 18. Jonah Hill, Moneyball, 2011
- 19. Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014
- 20. 50 Cent, Things Fall Apart, 2011
- 21. Jennifer Lawrence, Red Sparrow, 2018
- 22. Matt Damon, Courage Under Fire, 1996
- 23. Lilly James, Cinderella, 2015
- 24. Michelle Pfieffer, Scarface, 1983
- 25. Matthew Fox, Alex Cross, 2012
1. Tom Hanks, Philadelphia, 1993
Tom Hanks, famed for a multitude of roles together with in The Terminal and News of the World, misplaced an astonishing 26 kilos for his Oscar-winning efficiency as HIV/AIDs affected person Andrew Beckett within the movie Philadelphia.
The movie sees Hanks play a lawyer who’s fired by his regulation agency for his HIV standing. The movie follows his battle towards the agency in a wrongful dismissal go well with.
2. Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables, 2012
Actor Anne Hathaway misplaced 25 kilos for her function as Fantine within the 2012 remake of the Broadway musical.
Hathaway misplaced 15 kilos earlier than filming and 10 throughout, saying in an interview that the concept was to look ‘close to demise’ for the function.
Hathaway gained the Best Supporting Actor award on the Oscars for her efficiency within the function, so her dedication seems to be price it.
3. Jake Gyllenhaal, The Nightcrawler, 2014
In this movie, Jake Gyllenhaal performs a freelance photographer who chases accidents and murders all through the night time, to movie and promote the footage on to community tv.
Gyllenhaal’s character ceaselessly pushes ethical boundaries and is greater than a little creepy––a deranged, career-hungry freelance journalist, that Gyllenhaal misplaced 30 kilos to painting appropriately.
4. Christian Bale, The Machinist, 2004
The Machinist sees Christian Bale play Trever Reznik, a skeletal insomniac who obsessively retains observe of his quickly diminishing weight.
The movie follows his characters’ infatuations and obsessions, as he convinces himself his co-workers on the manufacturing unit are out to get him.
Bale misplaced a terrifying quantity of weight for the function, which ended up being a complete of 63 kilos.
5. Michael Fassbender, Hunger, 2008
Fassbender misplaced a complete of 40 kilos to play the IRA starvation striker Bobby Sands within the 2008 movie Hunger.
The movie takes place in Northern Ireland in Maze Prison, in 1981 and follows his character as he pushes his thoughts and physique to the sting in protest.
6. Zoe Kravitz, The Road Within, 2014
In The Road Within, Kravitz performs Marie, who falls in love with the principle character Vincent in an establishment. The movie sees the pair, together with one other character, Alex, journey to the ocean to ship Vincent’s mom’s ashes.
Kravitz misplaced 20 kilos to play the half of Marie, who was residing with an consuming dysfunction.
7. Chris Hemsworth, In the Heart of the Sea, 2014
Chris Hemsworth drastically modified his look from the chiseled God Thor to play a shipwreck survivor on this interval drama.
The movie follows the remaining crew after their vessel was attacked by a big whale –– and follows their wrestle to outlive.
Hemsworth misplaced 33 kilos to play the half, which apparently made him ‘moody’ in accordance with an interview on Good Morning America.
8. Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club, 2013
Actor McConaughey, finest recognized for his roles in movies like The Wedding Planner and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, misplaced 47 kilos to play his function in Dallas Buyers Club.
McConaughey performs Ron Woodruff, a Texan who contracts AIDs within the Nineteen Eighties. McConaughey stated in an interview that he ate every thing he often did earlier than taking over the function––simply in smaller parts.
9. Liam Neeson, Silence, 2016
In the historic drama Silence, Liam Neeson performs a Jesuit Missionary referred to as Ferriera. In the movie, two younger missionaries go on a search for their mentor (Neeson), who has mysteriously dropped out of contact.
The movie was directed by Scorsese, who requires “100 percent” from his actors throughout filming, in accordance with Neeson. The Northern Irish actor misplaced a complete of 20 kilos for the function.
10. Joaquin Phoenix, The Joker, 2019
In this spin-off of the Batman movies, Joaquin Phoenix performs the troubled comic Arthur Fleck, who later turns into Batman villain, The Joker.
Phoenix misplaced 52 kilos to play the function. In an interview, Phoenix stated dropping that a lot weight made him “go mad,” though the extraordinarily restrictive food plan was supervised by a physician.
11. Mila Kunis, The Black Swan, 2010
For the psychological ballet thriller The Black Swan, Kunis misplaced 20 kilos in 5 brief months.
This was with a view to appear like a ballerina, who’re sometimes are on the smaller aspect. Kunis stated that to get all the way down to the required weight, she ate a restricted food plan and Wsmoked a tonne of cigarettes,” admitting that she didn’t do it in the healthiest way possible.
12. Tom Hanks, Cast Away, 2000
In his second appearance on this list, Tom Hanks lost a shocking amount of weight for this role, totalling 53 pounds.
Hanks plays FedEx operations executive Chuck Noland, who washes up on a desert island after his planes crashes at sea. The film follows his struggle to survive on the island, completely alone.
13. Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club, 2013
Jared Leto, together with Matthew McConauhey, additionally misplaced a lot of weight for his function within the movie Dallas Buyers Club.
Leto performs a transsexual residing with HIV within the Nineteen Eighties, and misplaced almost 40 kilos to play the function. Leto informed Vulture in 2012 that it was not about dropping essentially the most weight, however that it was “more to represent the character”.
14. Natalie Portman, The Black Swan, 2010
The Black Swan sees Portman play a ballerina alongside Kunis. Also like Kunis, Portman misplaced 20 kilos for the function.
However, the burden loss wasn’t with out its issues. Portman informed Entertainment Weekly that some nights, she “literally thought [she] was going to die” from her food plan of carrots and almonds.
15. Ben Kingsley, Gandhi, 1982
British actor Ben Kingsley performed Gandhi within the eponymous movie in 1982, however the function of a lifetime wasn’t with out sacrifices.
He misplaced a complete of 20 kilos for the function, switching his food plan to a vegetarian one, to reflect Gandhi’s personal. To get into the function, Kingsley additionally studied yoga and took up meditation.
16. Adam Driver, Silence, 2016
Driver performed a Jesuit priest on this movie, alongside Neeson, who got here in at quantity 9 on this checklist.
Driver misplaced 51 kilos to play the function, which he says he misplaced earlier than and throughout the movie, to mirror the consequences of his character’s ongoing journey world wide.
17. Lily Collins, To the Bone, 2017
Lily Collins misplaced a drastic quantity of weight for To the Bone, by which she performs a girl who suffers with anorexia.
During the Netflix drama, Collins’ character meets a physician who challenges her views on the world, and helps her face her situation.
Collins, who has suffered from an consuming dysfunction prior to now, stated dropping the burden was extraordinarily troublesome for her, however that she felt it was essential for the half.
18. Jonah Hill, Moneyball, 2011
Jonah Hill misplaced almost 40 kilos for the movie Moneyball in 2011. Jonah performs Peter Brand, a Yale Economics graduate who helps baseball participant Billy Beane (performed by Brad Pitt) enhance the probabilities of his crew successful.
Hill says his weight reduction was primarily achieved by chopping again on beer, and easily consuming much less.
19. Chris Pratt, Guardians of the Galaxy, 2014
Actor Chris Pratt misplaced 60 kilos to play the function of Peter Quill in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.
Surprisingly, although, Pratt did not eat much less to lose the burden––he really ate extra. He consumed 4,000 energy per day to realize the muscle mass wanted to play the half on this motion movie.
20. 50 Cent, Things Fall Apart, 2011
Rapper and musician 50 Cent turned his hand to performing for his function within the 2010 movie Things Fall Apart in 2011.
The movie noticed him play a promising soccer participant with most cancers. 50 Cent was unrecognisable within the function, and dropped 50 kilos to play the half.
21. Jennifer Lawrence, Red Sparrow, 2018
Jennifer Lawrence took on the function of a ballerina-turned-spy for the 2018 movie Red Sparrow.
Lawrence needed to lose a lot of weight to appear like an genuine Russian ballerina for the movie, which she stated was “really brutal,” on condition that she would not often limit her food plan.
22. Matt Damon, Courage Under Fire, 1996
Matt Damon misplaced a complete of 60 kilos to play his function within the 1996 movie Courage Under Fire.
In the movie, Damon performs a supporting function alongside Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan.
Damon misplaced the burden by, reportedly, making up his personal food plan and working 13 miles day by day.
23. Lilly James, Cinderella, 2015
In the live-action remake of Disney Classic Cinderella, Lily James performs the title character.
The function concerned James sporting an especially tight, small corset all through. While James did not drop a few pounds earlier than the function, the restrictive corset restricted her digestion––which means that she misplaced weight with a view to keep within the corset for filming.
24. Michelle Pfieffer, Scarface, 1983
Michelle Pfieffer performed Elvira, a girl hooked on cocaine within the 1983 crime film.
In order to realize the emaciated look of a long-term person, Pfieffer stated she just about existed on a food plan of ‘tomato soup and Marlboros’.
Pfieffer has since spoken out about how nerve-racking the expertise was, on condition that the shoot for the film lasted for six weeks longer than it was purported to.
25. Matthew Fox, Alex Cross, 2012
Matthew Fox, recognized for his efficiency on long-running TV collection Lost, misplaced 40 kilos for his half within the 2012 crime thriller Alex Cross.
Fox performs a cage-fighting murderer within the movie, and went by a robust 5 month coaching regime for the half.