No matter how good a screenplay is, the casting can make or break a movie. It’s important that the actors are just as invested in the film as the writer/directors are and vice-versa. In some cases it’s difficult to find the right actor, however sometimes the actor finds you. It might be an aspiring young actor or an A-list star, but regardless of their status, if they want the part, they won’t back down easily. Think about this: have you ever watched a movie and thought “No one else could play that part”? If so, consider how the actor felt when they read the script for that movie. They say there’s always one role that will consume an actor, so when it comes knocking, that person won’t just let it slip away.
With that said, this list will be going over fifteen actors who went to great lengths for their dream role. Some of these actors and actresses may have taken things a little too far, but in the end you can’t argue with their performances. Each entry on the list showcases the dedication and skill these actors put into their craft. Find out which entry impresses you most.
15 Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
14 Jared Leto – Chapter 27
13 Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
12 Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry
11 Min-sik Choi – Old Boy
This actor may not be as well-known as some on this list, but his dedication and acting skills should definitely not be overlooked. Choi played Dae-su Oh in the 2003 South Korean mystery thriller, Old Boy. We’re not talking about the horrible 2013 remake which Spike Lee completely butchered; the original film is a must see. The movie follows the daunting story of a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 long years only to be released into a web of deceit and lies.
10 Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises
9 Christian Bale – American Psycho
8 Clare Woodgate – An Awfully Big Adventure
7 Robert De Niro – Cape Fear & Taxi Driver
Despite De Niro’s recent downward spiral in the world of cinema, none can deny the raw talent and unforgettable performances from his past. For starters, let’s talk about one of his first memorable roles as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver. This movie was De Niro’s second collaboration with director Martin Scorsese and it definitely payed off, as De Niro’s famous “You talkin’ to me?” scene is still repeated today. What some may not know is that to stay in character, De Niro actually got a side job as a real taxi driver and used to pick up fairs during breaks between filming.
6 TJ Miller – Yogi Bear
5 Tom Hanks – Cast Away
4 Daniel Day Lewis – My Left Foot
3 Benedict Cumberbatch – Star Trek Into Darkness
Cumberbatch likely landed his role as the lead villain in JJ Abrams second installment of Star Trek due to his rising popularity at the time. We say this because his addition was a little unconventional. Since he was unable to fly to LA for a proper audition, Cumberbatch decided to shoot a few short audition scenes in his friend’s kitchen using his iPhone. To the actor's surprise, Abrams liked the menacing performance despite the circumstances and gave Benedict the part.
2 Adrien Brody – The Pianist
1 Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Leonardo DiCaprio completely immersed himself in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s survival epic The Revenant. He played the part of legendary frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass, who was left for dead after a death-defying bear attack. DiCaprio didn’t hold back when depicting the hardships of Glass’s journey home: “I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do,” says DiCaprio. These “sequences” the actor speaks of includes going in and out of frozen rivers, sleeping in real animal carcasses and eating raw bison liver. There were many instances where DiCaprio was on the verge of hypothermia, yet the actor continued to push on. His performance was eerily realistic and captivating, finally earning him the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2016.
Sources: vanityfair.com, uk.movies.yahoo.com
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