There is no doubt that many Hollywood actors are extremely dedicated to their craft, so much so that they would go to crazy and extreme lengths just to give an honest depiction of the character they are playing. To be more realistic in their roles many of these actors go one step further by using 'method acting', a system which entails the actor living the life of their character even when they are not filming. Many of the actors on this list became so transfixed with their roles that they refused to break out of character no matter what situation they found themselves in.
However, this is bound to take a strain on these stars as they, in a sense, actually become one with their character which often makes it a difficult task to transition back into normal life, or to disassociate their own traits from those of their characters. Many of these stars had to undergo extreme changes to their appearance and weight which often left them questioning their true identity. Some of these stars have been someone else for so long that it makes them forget who they really are and many may suffer a complete existential crisis. It's a more unsettling thought when the actors are taking on more sinister roles like those of murderers and villains; they have to take on the huge feat of getting inside the mind of someone capable of murder while presenting these people realistically. It's completely understandable the tremendous effect this would have on the human psyche and shows just how impressive and talented the stars on this list are.
11 Johnny Depp - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
10 Charlize Theron - Monster
9 Christian Bale - The Machinist
8 Shia Labeouf - Fury
7 Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
6 Kate Winslet - The Reader
5 Robert De Niro - Taxi Driver
4 Jared Leto - Suicide Squad
3 Daniel Day Lewis - My Left Foot
2 Adrien Brody - The Pianist
1 Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
It was Ledger’s role as The Joker in the 2008 movie “The Dark Knight” that saw the actor take his method acting to new extremes. Ledger became so obsessed with creating the perfect “agent of chaos” that he went through large periods without breaking character. One instance saw the actor lock himself in a hotel room for a solid month scrutinizing over every mannerism and various ways to portray the villain. Ledger also kept a journal in which he wrote in as his character; parts of the journal were revealed by the actor’s father Kim Ledger in a 2013 documentary which displayed one page with the words ‘Bye Bye’ scrawled across it. This is rather unnerving as tragically Ledger died of an accidental overdose before he ever got the chance to see his character on the big-screen. Many conspiracy theorists still hold the viewpoint that Ledger simply took the role too far and was eventually unable to disassociate himself from the character, resulting in his untimely death. Nevertheless, there is no arguing Ledger gave an unbelievable performance, which is widely regarded as one of the best villainous depictions to ever grace movie screens. The performance earned the star his first Oscar, which most likely would have been the first of many if circumstances had unfolded differently.
Sources: dailymail.co.uk, cinemablend.com
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