10 movies for which the actors radically changed their bodies

To play a role, sometimes a thick layer of makeup is not enough, but you yourself have to get fat, lean or make other sacrifices for the sake of art. And real actors are ready to risk their health to create a believable image. We believe in such professionals, consider them masters of disguise and empathize with their heroes. So what kind of body transformations do artists who are dedicated to their work sometimes have to go through?

Joker (2019)

At the mention of the Joker, viewers will immediately remember the inimitable image created by Heath Ledger. It is difficult to compete with such a colorful antagonist, but Joaquin Phoenix was able to. For the dream role, he lost 24 kg. The interpretation of the story about a villain who was provoked by a cruel society gathered full cinema halls, but this success was hard for Joaquin. Eating 300 calories a day and months of rehearsing the laughter of a madman led to physical and mental health problems.

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Original title:  
Joker

Genre:
Drama, crime, thriller

Actors:  
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Bitz…

Country:  
USA, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


I’m losing weight (2018)

Anya loves the athlete Evgeny and eats delicious food. The girl boasts curvaceous, but an athletic young man, who has long been embarrassed by her, decides to break off the relationship. To return her love, the abandoned young lady begins to struggle with being overweight. In this, she will be accompanied by the chubby good-natured Kolya, with whom they have one goal for two. All the trials of the main character were also reflected in the actress Alexandra Bortich – she recovered by 20 kg, and after that she intensively lost weight according to the plot of the comedy .

Genre:  
Comedy, drama

Actors:  
Alexandra Bortich, Irina Gorbacheva, Sergey Shnurov …

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:  
16
+


In the heart of the sea (2015)

Chris Hemsworth, known to viewers for his role as the Scandinavian god Thor, lost 15 kilograms by the time of filming in the adventure drama In the Heart of the Sea. A whaling ship has a successful hunt far from the coast, until a giant white sperm whale crashes the ship . The surviving crew members drift in boats under the scorching sun without food. Getting used to the role, Chris Hemsworth consumed 500 calories a day. According to him, such a harsh diet had a negative impact on his well-being and relationship with his wife.

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Original title:  
In the Heart of the Sea

Genre:  
Action, thriller, drama, adventure, biography, history

Actors:  
Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy …

Country:  
USA, Australia, Spain

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
12+


Touched (2014)

Vincent, Marie and Alex are the children of wealthy parents who are tired of enduring the inappropriate behavior of their offspring. Sending them to a psychiatric clinic did not solve the problem: they escaped from it and went to the ocean, getting into adventures along the way . Zoe Kravitz, who played the role of anorexic Marie, lost 9 kg, and until the age of 20 the actress herself suffered from an eating disorder. Zoe admitted that she felt constantly dizzy, but was saved by taking vitamins.

Original title:  
The Road Within

Genre:
Drama, comedy, adventure

Actors:  
Robert Sheehan, Dev Patel, Zoe Kravitz…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:  
18+


Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

The protagonist of the film, Ron Woodroof, played by Matthew McConaughey, was diagnosed with AIDS, but he fought the disease and helped others infected by illegally selling drugs illegal in America. Matthew McConaughey had to severely restrict himself in food and hide from the sun for several months to match the appearance of the character – to look painfully thin and pale. As a result, the actor lost 20 kg! For filming in the same film, his colleague Jared Leto lost 13 kg.

Original title:  
Dallas Buyers Club

Genre:  
Drama, biography

Actors:  
Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:  
18+


American Hustle (2013)

This crime drama is full of Hollywood stars, including Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and Christian Bale, who is very chubby. The actor is known for his extreme experiments with appearance, in particular with body weight. This time, Bale put on 20 kg to play one of the two rogues . The couple turns things around under the control of an FBI agent, giving him the opportunity to contact corrupt officials of various levels.

Original title:  
American Hustle

Genre:  
Drama, comedy

Actors:  
Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Robert De Niro …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age Limits
16+


Les Misérables (2012)

The film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo is a musical historical drama with a high rating. Anne Hathaway has changed incredibly for the role of the starving woman Fantine, who sells her body on the streets of 19th century France. The actress cut her hair short and, being initially slim, lost 11 kilograms. For this reincarnation, Ann received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Original title:  
Les Misérables

Genre:
Musical, drama, romance

Actors:  
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter …

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:  
16+


Various Things (2011)

The world-famous rapper 50 Cent played the role of an athlete with cancer in the drama. The protagonist of the film almost achieved what he wanted – Deon is ready to be accepted into the professional league of American football , but the disease changes his whole life. The lead actor had to lose weight extremely: Fifty lost 24.5 kg. The singer has always been a muscular man, therefore, after a sharp decrease in body weight, he remained the object of memes for a long time, in which the thinner “50 Cent” is called “25 Cent”, etc.

Original title:
All Things Fall Apart

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
50 Cent, Ray Liotta, Lynn Whitfield …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.5


Machinist (2003)

This reincarnation of Christian Bale can be confidently called not only the most extreme for the appearance and health of the actor, but also the most daring in modern cinema. Trevor Reznick is a factory worker who doesn’t sleep. He cannot eat properly, does not rest, and therefore has long been unable to distinguish between vision and reality. For this role, the former Batman lost almost 30 kg and began to look frighteningly sickly.

Original title:  
The Machinist

Genre:  
Thriller, drama

Actors:  
Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijón…

Country:  
Spain, France, UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Monster (2003)

The astonishing transformation of one of the most beautiful women in the world, Charlize Theron, into the lesbian sex worker Eileen, who kills her male clients. She was driven to crime by a strong love for the young Selby, who happened to meet her, and the need to continue to engage in prostitution . Charlize Theron gained 13 kg and appeared in a really repulsive image, but the role of the first female serial killer brought her an Oscar.

Original title:
Monster

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern…

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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