16 Actors Who Underwent Extreme Makeovers For A Role

Being a Hollywood actor can be a difficult profession. Everyone thinks of movie stars in terms of money and glamour, but the actual task of being an actor can be extremely difficult in more ways than one. Actors go through relatively short but intense intervals of ultra-long filming days. Alternating with sluggish periods of little labor, which can leave them wanting more. To make their characters more convincing, they frequently have to learn new abilities, such as a language or how to play a musical instrument, and they also have to endure substantial physical modifications.
We frequently overlook what performers go through to create memorable movie characters. Physical health is frequently sacrificed in the film industry to get in shape or gain weight. All of these transformation methods enabled actors to create magnificent performances, so let's dive in and discover more about them.

#1. Joaquin Phoenix

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Joaquin Phoenix shed 52 pounds for his iconic role as the Joker. He acknowledged that the weight loss path is mentally taxing. His performance does not require much appreciation because we all know how great it was.

#2. Chris Pratt

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“Three or four hours a day of just consistent, ass-kicking hard work.” Is how Chris Pratt, star of the film 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' ditched 60 pounds in six months. Pratt, who is most known for playing Andy Dwyer in the sitcom 'Parks and Recreation,' was in the neighborhood of 300 pounds when he auditioned for the Marvel movie.

#3. Christian Bale

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Seeing Christian Bale on this list should not be a surprise to anyone who knows even a bit about the diverse roles that he has played. For the role of Trevor Reznik in the movie "The Machinist" Bale lost 63lbs (29kg). He was on a super low-calorie (approx. 300) diet and did cardio exercises for four months before filming.

#4. Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman endured a punishing schedule for her role as a ballerina in Black Swan, which left her fearing she was going to die.The waif-like 29-year-old lost 20 lbs for the role, eating little more than carrots and almonds on a punishing diet, and spent eight hours a day in rehearsals. Ms. Portman, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of the desperately ambitious, perfectionist dancer, said: "There were some nights that I thought I was going to die."

#5. Tom Hardy

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To achieve that scary Charles Bronson appearance Tom Hardy had to gain weight but also become bulky. To get huge muscles, Hardy did intense daily workouts. He had an impressive result in a little over a month.

#6. Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds for her role in 'Monster,' proving to fans that she was more than just a lovely face. Charlize Theron's weight gain for Aileen Wuornos, the real-life serial murderer she portrayed, demonstrated her dedication to the role and her career as an actor in Hollywood.

#7. Daniel Radcliffe

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Daniel Radcliffe followed a stringent diet for two weeks before filming Jungle for the character of Yossi Ghinsberg. He did not follow a long-term weight loss regimen, but he did manage to lose weight and seem like he was trapped in the jungle.

#8. Emile Hirsch

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Emile Hirsch had to undergo dramatic weight loss for the movie ‘Into The Wild,’ to accurately portray Chris McCandless, a man who ventured into the Alaskan Wilderness and eventually starved to death.
“I weighed about 156 pounds when I got the part, and I weighed 130 pounds throughout most of the film, so I lost the 26 pounds to get in shape for the film,” he said.  “And then I went down to 115 pounds for the weight loss in the Alaska segment. So it was like two stages of weight loss.”

#9. Demi Moore

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When G.I. Jane aired in 1997, the star stunned audiences. Demi Moore performed crazy athletic feats with a shorn head, proving she was a serious actress in serious shape. She worked with two distinct trainers: one for physical fitness and another for teaching her the Navy SEAL mindset. Moore would sneak in her workouts before filming by getting up at 4 a.m. and running around Central Park with security officers in tow.

#10. Cate Blanchett

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OK, Cate Blanchett may not have had to undergo significant body transformations for the experimental drama film Manifesto, but how did she even manage to play 13 different characters?

#11. Emma Stone

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Stone had to stick to strict gym routines and increase her calorie intake by taking protein shakes twice a day. "She put on 15 pounds, and that was the goal from the beginning: to put on that kind of weight, to give her the confidence and to keep her healthy. And she nailed it.", said the celebrity trainer Jason Walsh.

#12. Zac Efron

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The actor worked with fitness trainer Patrick Murphy four to five times a week for four to six months to prepare for ‘Baywatch,’ while following a strict, clean diet that entailed giving up sugars and carbs completely for days on end.

#13. Tom Hanks

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Tom Hanks had to do two types of transformations for the movie "Castaway". Firstly, he gained around 50lbs, and then he lost 55lbs. The process was not glorious, since Hanks had to do it in a couple of months. He grew out his beard and hair and looked like a real castaway.

#14. Micheal Fassbender

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Michael Fassbender had to lose 42 pounds to play a starving prisoner - Bobby Sands - in the film "Hunger." He had a rigorous diet (less than 1000 calories per day) and exercised every day. After his weight loss journey, he weighed 127 pounds.

#15. Scarlett Johansson

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Scarlett Johansson, known for her curves, understands how difficult it is to retain a womanly form while also losing weight. When she was cast as Marvel's Black Widow, the actress toned up and slimmed down. She did this for many films, undertaking 90-minute exercises seven days a week, and was pregnant when filming Avengers: Age of Ultron.

#16. Jonah Hill

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Jonah Hill rose to fame after his roles in comedy films such as Superbad, This Is the End, and The Sitter, and you probably remember him for his burly figure. But he's undergone an impressive body transformation, especially ever since he landed a role on 21 Jump Street in 2014.
"I wanted to get in better shape, so I called Channing Tatum and said, 'Hey, if I ate less and go to a trainer, will I get in better shape?", the actor said. 2 years later, he had to gain over 50 pounds for the 2016 crime biopic War Dogs, but in 2017, he put himself on a strict diet all over again. Ever since 2018, he has kept his body in shape and works out every single morning. hard can that be? will let you know it.
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