Hollywood is packed with a ton of talented actors. However, nestled within all the actors & actresses with flawless smiles, surgery-enhanced physical features and impossible egos, there are a few who stand out from the pack. We are talking about those talented thespians who really dedicate their entire lives to the craft of acting. For these special ones, each role is not just a paycheck – it’s a chance to really delve head first into a new and exciting character. This piece covers those actors who go all out and physically transform themselves (not via make-up or special effects) – but truly doing whatever it takes to morph themselves into the characters they are portraying.
7 Ashton Kutcher: Lost 18 pounds for Jobs
6 Ben Kingsley - Lost 20 pounds
5 Mila Kunis - Lost 20 pounds for Black Swan
4 Matthew McConaughey - Lost 38 pounds for Dallas Buyers Club
In the most recent airing of the Academy awards, the Oscar for best actor in a drama went to Matthew McConaughey. Even though he was facing some very tough competition, he was still the hands-down favorite to win it. He was nominated for the movie Dallas Buyers Club, and he shed a whopping 38 pounds for the part. In the film, he played a man diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and to make the portrayal as accurate as possible, he took on the challenge of losing the weight.
When asked how he accomplished this stunning feat, he offered that it really wasn’t about intensive cardio or gym activity. Rather he developed a routine of eating less and watching his caloric intake. He has also been quoted as saying that eating “tapioca pudding” was a huge weapon in his weight loss arsenal. Well whatever he did worked, and now he has a shiny Oscar sitting on his living room shelf.
3 Tom Hanks - Lost and regained 55 Pounds for Cast Away
2 50 Cent - Lost nearly 60 pounds for Things Fall Apart
People may mostly know 50 Cent as the Queens, NYC rapper who rose to fame with the album Get Rich or Die Trying or perhaps through his extremely lucrative Vitamin Water venture. But 50 Cent has also gone on to make some waves in the movie industry as well. One noteworthy film he starred in was the 2010 film, Things Fall Apart in which he played an NFL player who got stricken with cancer.
The role was actually based on a childhood friend of his and 50 was so dedicated to the part that he lost nearly 60 pounds to make his portrayal of the character believable. He reportedly lost the weight by going on a strict liquid diet and staying in the gym 3 hours a day. Fans of 50 Cent’s music can also look out for a new album from him this summer titled Animal Ambition.
1 Christian Bale - Lost 63 pounds for The Machinist
Mr Bale is another one of the elite actors in Hollywood. If you take a quick glance at the different roles he’s played, a patterns of excellence and dedication quickly appears. Some examples are movies like American Psycho, The Dark Knight-Batman movies, The Fighter and even most recently, American Hustle. However it was his role in the 2004 movie The Machinist in which he really showed how far he was willing to go for a part. In the film, he played an industrial worker who hadn’t slept in a year and as a result was starting to doubt his own sanity.
To really make this character believable, Bale lost a stunning 63 pounds. He mentioned that he was even willing to lose more weight (100 lbs) for the role just to see how far he could push his body limits. Thankfully, his experiment didn’t affect his health, but he proved to the world just how serious he was about his acting.
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