Certain roles require actors to undergo physical transformations to truly resemble the character or real-life person they are trying to portray. Here are five actors who have undergone the most gruelling and extreme physical changes for a movie role.
Jake Gyllenhaal – Southpaw (2015)
“I went into full training-camp mode and I got myself – what I consider in my mind as an actor – in shape to fight.”
Jake Gyllenhaal undertook an intense regime twice a day to prepare for his role as Billy Hope in Southpaw. Before bulking up for Antoine Fuqua’s boxing film, he’d lost loads of weight to star in Nightcrawler (2014), so it’s clear how committed of an actor Gyllenhaal is, and he has yielded some dramatic results.
Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
“I did training for a triathlon in terms of swimming, biking, running.”
In just six months, Chris Pratt lost a whopping 65 pounds to play galactic hero, Peter Quill in the action-packed Marvel film. Quite an inspirational transformation to say the least.
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
“It changes the way you walk, the way you sit, the way you think.”
Jared Leto is no stranger to body transformations, having already dramatically altered his weight in the past for roles in Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Chapter 27 (2007). In Dallas Buyers Club, Leto lost around 40 pounds to a play HIV-positive transgender woman. Although his weight loss is shocking, his hard work clearly paid off because he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor
Tom Hardy – Warrior (2011)
“Don’t get me wrong, I winged and moaned and bitched and cried and slept and howled my way through it.”
For his role as an MMA fighter in Warrior, Tom Hardy went from looking very average to having the ultimate fighter’s physique. He then packed on even more muscle mass to play Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Christian Bale – The Machinist (2004)
“I didn’t take this job because I went, ‘Oh, there’s a physical transformation needed.’ I always go, ‘Damn! There’s a physical transformation needed!'”
Christian Bale losing 60 pounds for his role in The Machinist, is just as equally impressive as when he bulked back up after to play Batman in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. During his weight loss, he was getting by on a diet of coffee and apples. Just ridiculous, right?!