Sometimes, in order to play a role, it is not enough to adjust yourself to the desired state, learn the words, put on a suit and spend a number of hours in the makeup chair. For the sake of art, sometimes actors have to make sacrifices and to change themselves beyond recognition.
Here are 16 brightest cases:
We all remember Margot Robbie’s stunning transformation for her role in I, Tonya. She had to change not only externally, but also to train five times a week for about half a year. The next her changes will be seen in Mary Queen of Scots.
Demi Moore shaved her head and decided to participate in grueling trainings lead by former Navy SEALS. She had the opportunity to take a stuntman, but Demi abandoned that idea.
The actor admitted that acting in the movie The Revenant was the most difficult in his life. He had to be in frozen rivers and sleep on the corpses of animals.
The actor learned what it likes to work at a car wash and to take the New York City subway. He also lived in a basement apartment in Harlem. This all was done for his role in Good Time.
Chris Hemsworth had to keep the 500-calorie-a-day diet to act in In the Heart of the Sea. It is very difficult to recognize Thor in his last photos.
In order to realistically show Ray Charles, the actor not only lost 30 pounds but also learned what it means to be blind. He wore special prosthetic eyelids during filming.
LeBeouf joined the U.S. National Guard after the got the role in Fury. Then he was baptized and accepted Christ in his heart. The actor even didn’t bathe for four months.
John Krasinski went through vigorous training from former Navy SEALS for his role in 13 Hours. His character was a cut special ops soldier.
For My Left Foot, where the actor played an Irishman with cerebral palsy, he was using his character’s wheelchair until the end of filming. Members of the film crew had to spoon-feed him.
Robert De Niro
To get used to the role in Taxi Driver, Robert De Niro worked as a taxi driver for 12 hours a day. The actor picked up passengers while on filming breaks in New York City.
To play the real-life concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, Adrien Brody decided to give up his apartment, sell his car, disconnect his phones and to move to Europe.
The actor was sitting around in a hotel room in London for about a month. This was for his iconic role of Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.
The actress had to spend at least 8 hours in rehearsals and lost twenty pounds for her role in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Natalie later admitted that she even broke a rib while training.
To act in Les Misérables, Hathaway had to lose about twenty pounds and literally to live in the image of her hero. The actress said it was definitely a break with reality.
To become Lisbeth Salander, Rooney Mara also went through a big transformation. For example, the actress got all of her character’s piercings, including a nipple piercing.
For her Oscar-winning role in 2003’s Monster, Charlize Theron was wearing dentures, was shaving her eyebrows and had her hair thinned and fried repeatedly. This all led to her amazing transformation for the role of the serial killer Aileen Wuornos.