10 Actors Who Dramatically Changed Their Bodies For Roles

1. Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables

For her turn as the starving street urchin Fantine in the musical Les Miserables, Anne really went to extremes to get the impoverished look right. Going on a strict cleanse and losing 10 pounds for filming she then took another two weeks off and lost an additional 15 pounds. She admits these levels of dedication to her craft were “a little nuts” as she only ate two squares of dried oatmeal a day but it paid off as she won an Oscar for her portrayal.

2. Jared Leto – Chapter 27

Leto has been known to change his body shape for roles before, seriously shedding the stones for Requiem For A Dream where he played an emaciated drug user but he went the other war for Chapter 27 where he piled on the pounds, even force feeding himself in order to gain the colossal 67 pounds. The weight gain was so dramatic that he even developed gout from the incident.

2. Jared Leto – Chapter 27

Leto has been known to change his body shape for roles before, seriously shedding the stones for Requiem For A Dream where he played an emaciated drug user but he went the other war for Chapter 27 where he piled on the pounds, even force feeding himself in order to gain the colossal 67 pounds. The weight gain was so dramatic that he even developed gout from the incident.

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2. Jared Leto – Chapter 27

Leto has been known to change his body shape for roles before, seriously shedding the stones for Requiem For A Dream where he played an emaciated drug user but he went the other war for Chapter 27 where he piled on the pounds, even force feeding himself in order to gain the colossal 67 pounds. The weight gain was so dramatic that he even developed gout from the incident.

3. Natalie Portman – Black Swan

Trying to recreate the figure of a prima ballerina, Portman was training 16 hours a day for the film whilst barely eating at all that led to the dramatic weight loss of 20 pounds. Another actor who won an Oscar for her portrayal, the lengths that she went to really work out for her career.

4. Mia Kunis – Black Swan

Like her co-star Portman, Mila Kunis also lost 20 pounds for the film and has claimed that since regaining the weight, it has come back in different places, changing the frame of her body which is no surprise since she was down to just 95 pounds during shooting.

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5. Charlize Theron – Monster

Charlize Theron really went all out to gain 30 pounds for her role in Monster as she ate whole boxes of donuts and always had a bag of chips on hand. It did, however, win her an Oscar for the role of a prostitute turned murderer where she was barely recognizable on screen.

6. Gwyneth Paltrow – Country Strong

Gwyneth is renowned for being obsessed with health and fitness and even has her own health and lifestyle brand Goop. So when she was asked to gain 20 pounds for her role in Country Strong she found the whole experience very uncomfortable and claimed she felt her body was falling apart as she was not allowed to work out.

7.  Russell Crowe

Russell gained a whopping 63 pounds for his role in Body Of Lies by eating cupcakes and cheeseburgers. Initially unphased by his weight gain it wasn’t until his doctor pointed out his cholesterol was dangerously high that he started to worry about it.

8. Matt Damon – The Informant

Matt Damon would binge on food in order to gain weight for his role in The Informant and he added 30 pounds to his frame for the role.

9. Tom Hanks – Castaway and Captain Phillips

Tom Hanks is a multi-Oscar winning actor and part of that comes down to his dedication to transforming his body for a role.He lost 55 pounds for the film Castaway  to play a man trapped on a desert island and then piled them on for Captain Phillips. It was during the press tour of that film that Hanks admitted he had developed Type 2 diabetes through his body transformations and would not be undertaking any more roles that would require such dramatic changes in his body.

10. Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

To play a man ravaged by the AIDs virus McConaughey lost a staggering 38 pounds which saw him transform into a waif-like figure and actually damaged his eyesight.