15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role

We’re living in the golden age
of cinema where the standards for acting are set ridiculously high. The
audience can easily tell good from bad acting, and this has prompted actors to
bring their A-game if they want to succeed. And some actors have not only
accepted the challenge, but they have gone to unbelievable lengths to show
commitment and dedication to their movie characters.
We at Bright Side were really
impressed with the efforts that some of these actors and actresses made to
create amazing cinematic art, and we couldn’t wait to share them with you.
1.
Tom Hanks, Cast Away
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
Tom Hanks wanted his portrayal
of the character for the movie Cast Away to be so realistic that at one point
during production they stopped filming for an entire year so that Tom could
lose 50 pounds and grow his beard and hair out.
2.
Tom Cruise, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
Tom Cruise prepared with a
professional diver in order to be able to hold his breath for the diving scene
in the movie Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation. He managed to increase his lung
capacity and hold his breath 6-minutes underwater.
3.
Adrien Brody, The Pianist
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
For the movie The Pianist,
Adrian Brody moved out of his apartment, sold his car, disconnected his phone,
and moved to Europe with only 2 bags to get in touch with the misery of his
character. He also went on a strict diet and lost 30-pounds in 6 weeks, took
piano lessons, and took dialect lessons. He wanted to experience real sadness
in life to convey the emotions of his character in an honest way.
4.
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight Rises
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
In order to prepare for the
role of “The Joker” in the movie Batman — The Dark Knight Rises, Heath Ledger
immersed himself into the madness of the Joker by locking himself up in a hotel
room for around a month. He portrayed the Joker’s psychological instabilities
by making a diary entry for the role. He also worked on adjusting his voice and
laughter to create a more psychotic resemblance.
5.
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
 15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
  
Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to be
as truthful as possible in his role as Hugh Glass in The Revenant, so he
pretended to sleep in an animal carcass, ate raw buffalo meat, and dove into a
frozen river. He wanted to get in touch with the harrowing experience depicted
by the character in the movie in a way that was as real as possible.
6.
Matthew McConaughey, Gold
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
In order to gain weight for
his role as Kenny Wells for the movie Gold, Matthew McConaughey indulged in an
unhealthy lifestyle. He wanted to align with the character so deeply that he
didn’t eat proper, healthy food for over 6 months, and after the shooting was
done, he admitted he had a tough time returning to healthier ways of living.
7.
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
Margot Robbie wanted to know
what it was like to train like one of the best ice skaters for her role as
Tonya Harding in the movie I, Tonya. So she trained for hours, almost every day
for 5-months. She also spent hours watching videos of her character in order to
understand all of her quirks.
8.
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
Natalie Portman trained for 8
hours a day, 6 days a week, for over a year with former New York City ballet
dancer Mary Helen Bowers. She wanted to be well-prepared for her role in the
movie Black Swan, so she also reinforced her training regime with
cross-training, swimming, and endurance exercises. She also lost 20 pounds for
the role, eating only carrots and almonds for months.
9.
Tom Hardy, Bronson
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
In order to get extra bulk to
play the role of Charles Bronson in the movie Bronson, Tom Hardy had to put on
a lot of weight in only 5 weeks. He put on 7 pounds a week and performed a
series of unique exercises to build his upper-body on very short notice.
10.
Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
For the movie My Left Foot,
Lewis played an Irishman with cerebral palsy. To show his commitment to his character,
Lewis wouldn’t leave his wheelchair, even when they weren’t shooting and other
team members would have to spoon-feed him. Actually, he spent so much time in
the wheelchair in a slumped posture that he damaged 2 of his ribs.
11.
Meryl Streep, Sophie’s Choice
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
For her iconic role as Zofia
“Sophie” Zawistowski in Sophie’s Choice, Meryl Streep took extensive lessons in
order to perfect her Polish accent and succeeded at it admirably. She learned
both Polish and German for the movie and ended up mastering both languages with
an almost perfect accent.
12.
Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
To prepare for his role as
Ceaser, for the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Andy Serkis studied
Oliver, a popular chimpanzee. Oliver was brought up by humans and had acquired
very human-like expressions. Andy also followed a family of gorillas for 2
weeks in the jungles of Rwanda, so that he could learn as much as possible
about their behavior.
13.
Shia Labeouf, Fury
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
Shia LaBeouf really went the
distance for his role for the movie Fury. Just a day after scoring the role,
Shia joined the U.S. National Guard, got a tattoo, got baptized, and he also
became the chaplain’s assistant to Captain Yates for the 41st infantry. He also
spent a month living on the base, pulled out a tooth, and didn’t shower for 4
months during the production of the movie.
14.
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
Joaquin Phoenix was so devoted
to his character in the movie The Master that he actually remained in character
for the entire production process. In order to maintain a clenched jaw, Joaquin
actually went to the dentist and had brackets and rubber bands put on his teeth
that would pull his jaw shut.
15.
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
  15 Celebs Who Went Through Extreme Changes for a Movie Role
Michelle Williams tied her
knees together with a belt so she could walk like Marylin Monroe in the movie
My Week With Marilyn. She tried to imitate Marylin’s famous walk and also
worked very hard to keep her posture straight.
There you have it. Some of the
most challenging things movie stars have done in order to show their dedication
to their roles. Which one of these changes do you think is most impressive?
Share your thoughts in the comments below.
BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.