12 Actors Who Went So Far As to Portray a Role, They Are Far From Only Actors!

For most people, being a Hollywood star sounds like an amazing job. It’s because these actors get paid the big bucks for each project and enjoy some extra privilege in the Entertainment industry.
On the surface, being an actor seems like a great job but it doesn’t mean a little hard work isn’t required every now and again.
Have you ever heard stories of actors who went a little too far in preparation for a role? Well, many actors had to lose tons of weight, undergo strenuous training, wear elaborate makeup, and even sell all of their possessions to help them immerse themselves into characters.
It is true that acting involves a lot of imagination and learning how to embody a character who is completely opposite to yourself. In some cases, if an actor isn’t extreme, some lines are just too far to cross.
Below are 12 actors who went so far as to portray a role, They Are Far From Only Actors!

#1 Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy

Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the GalaxySource: © imago stock&people/EAST NEWS© Chris Pratt / Instagram

Chris Pratt gained a lot of weight after filming “Zero Dark Thirty”. For the role of a coming comic book hero, he had to train with professionals to drop 60 pounds in just 6 months.

#2 Anne Hathaway as Fantine in Les Misérables

Anne Hathaway as Fantine in Les MisérablesSource: © ElloSteph / Wikimedia Commons© Les Misérables / Universal Pictures

For her role, Anne Hathaway ate 2 thin squares of dried oatmeal paste every day to lose weight. As a result, she lost 25 pounds. In addition, she also shaved her head. For all her work, she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

#3 Robert Pattinson as Connie Nikas in Good Time

Robert Pattinson as Connie Nikas in Good TimeSource: © Maximilian Bühn / Wikimedia Commons© Good Time / A24

In “Good Time”, Robert Pattinson played a low-life robber, Connie Nikas. And to immerse himself into the character, he willingly lived in a basement apartment in Harlem and only ate tuna to drop his weight. During living there, he kept his curtains shut all the time, never changed the sheets or threw out the trash, and slept in Connie’s clothes for 2 months. So, it was no surprise that the apartment smelled like rotting fish.

#4 John Krasinski as Jack Silva in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

John Krasinski as Jack Silva in 13 HoursSource: © The Office / NBCUniversal© 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi / Paramount Pictures

In the movie, the actor took on the role of a ripped special ops soldier. For the role, he underwent vigorous training exactly what a real one does. He learned the workings of weapons and how to maneuver through rooms with and without lights.

#5 Halle Berry as Vivian in Jungle Fever

Halle Berry as Vivian in Jungle FeverSource: © Living Dolls / Sony Pictures TV© Jungle Fever / Universal Pictures

Halle Berry was so dedicated to her role in her first-ever film “Jungle Fever” that she refused to bathe for 2 weeks. She delivered the role accurately.

#6 Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Actors Who Went So Far As to Portray a RoleSource: © Dora Britt / Wikimedia Commons© The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo / Sony Pictures Releasing

For the role of the punk hacker, Rooney Mara had to bleach her eyebrows, chop her eyebrows, chop her hair off and pierce her eyebrow, lip, and nose. She also learned martial arts, motorbike riding, and skateboarding.

#7 Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

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To play Ray Charles’ blindness, Foxx had to put on eyelids glued over his eyes for 14 hours every day. He woke up early to film and stayed up late to practice the piano. For his incredible work, he received an Academy Award.

#8 Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry

Actors Who Went So Far As to Portray a RoleSource: © Manfred Werner / Wikimedia Commons© Boys Don't Cry / Fox Searchlight Pictures

To fulfill her role perfectly, Hilary Swank shaved her hair and bandaged her chest to make it look flat. The actress looked like a male. She used to go out in public and introduce herself as her brother James in a low voice.

#9 Matt Damon as Andrew Ilario in Courage Under Fire

Actors Who Went So Far As to Portray a RoleSource: © Good Will Hunting / Miramax Films© Courage Under Fire / 20th Century Fox

Damon underwent a strict diet and training regimen to prepare for the role. Due to his bad body condition, he was put under medical supervision for months after the completion of the movie.

#10 Demi Moore as Jordan O’Neil in G.I. Jane

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To prepare for her role, Demi Moore not only shaved her head but took part in intense Navy SEAL training.

#11 Chris Hemsworth in In the Heart of the Sea

Actors Who Went So Far As to Portray a RoleSource: © In the Heart of the Sea / Warner Bros. Pictures© Chris Hemsworth / Twitter

Our favorite “Thor” underwent a drastic weight transformation. He and his burly cast members worked on a diet called “Lost at Sea” which was so difficult that every pound lost felt like a kilogram. The topic that these actors talked about every day on the set was their diet and how much weight they lost.

#12 Nicole Kidman as Erin Bell in Destroyer

Actors Who Went So Far As to Portray a RoleSource: © Georges Biard / Wikimedia Commons© Destroyer / Annapurna Pictures

Nicole Kidman portrayed a worn-down detective, Erin Bell in Destroyer. It took her weeks to get used to this character. During filming, she had the flu but she made the most of her sickness in her work. Because of her illness, she could barely stand.
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