13 actors who went to radical measures for the roleBy Vika https://pictolic.com/en/article/13-actors-who-went-to-radical-measures-for-the-role
Getting an excellent role in the movie is not the most difficult part for actors - some have to undergo radical transformations of the body, while others immerse themselves deeply in the role, which can also affect their life behind the scenes.
We respect the such dedication and want to highlight some actors who went to extreme lengths for the sake of the role, leaving an indelible impact on the audience.
1. Robert Pattinson as Connie Nikas in Good Time.
To accurately play the role of a thief with a low standard of living, Pattinson lived in a basement apartment in Harlem. In addition, he kept his curtains closed all the time, never changed the sheets or threw out the trash, and slept in Connie's clothes for 2 months. In that basement apartment, he ate only tuna to lose weight. The apartment always smelled like rotting fish.
2. Anne Hathaway as Fantine in Betrayed.
Hathaway was obsessed with this role and was so devoted to it that she lost 11 kg. In addition to losing weight, she also had to shave for this role. It was this powerful method of acting that brought her an Oscar in the nomination "Best Supporting Actress".
3. Chris Pratt as Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy.
After the filming of Goal One, Pratt gained a lot of weight due to overeating, and since he had the role of a comic book hero, he worked with professionals to lose a whopping 27 kg in 6 months.
4. Channing Tatum as Bert in Hail Caesar!
Tatum is known for his dance moves in "Step forward", but he had to teach himself to tap dance and sing in order to perfectly perform the role in the new film. With his charming appearance and vocals, he also sang the song "No Dames!" dancing with other shipmates.
5. John Krasinski as Jack Silva in 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.
Our dear Jim Halpert from "The Office" was turned into a special forces soldier for this film, and together with other actors, he underwent intensive training similar to the military. They learned how to work with different weapons. It was incredibly intensive training for actors.
6. Halle Berry as Vivien in Tropical Fever.
"Tropical fever" was Halle Berry's first film, and she was so devoted to the role that she did not wash for 2 weeks.
7. Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".
To portray the role of a punk hacker, Rooney had to bleach his eyebrows, cut his hair and pierce his eyebrow, lip, and nose. She also got acquainted with martial arts, riding a motorcycle, and skateboarding.
8. Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray.
In addition to daily training, Fox also had to wear prosthetics glued to his eyes for 14 hours every day on the set to portray the blindness of Ray Charles. For the same reason, he also visited the Braille Institute. He woke up early in order to film longer and learned to play the piano late. Therefore, it is not surprising that he received an Oscar for his very realistic performance.
9. Matt Damon in the role of Andrew Hilario in the film "Courage in Battle".
Damon paid attention to a strict diet and training regimen to prepare for this role. The condition of his body was so bad that after the completion of the film he had to undergo medical observation for many months.
10. Chris Hemsworth in «In the heart of the sea».
It is difficult to imagine the mighty Thor in such a sharp transformation of weight. For his role in the film "In the heart of the sea", Hemsworth, together with fifteen of his strong colleagues, worked on a diet called "Lost at sea", which was so complicated that every kilogram lost felt like 5 kilograms. The actors weighed themselves every day, and this was all they talked about — their diet and what weight they lost.
11. Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in Taxi.
To prepare for his legendary role, De Niro worked 12-hour days in New York. He also researched mental illnesses and visited the US Army base in Northern Italy to get acquainted with the accent of the Middle West.
12. Nicole Kidman as Erin Bell in Time of Retribution
Nicole Kidman played the role of a tired detective named Erin Bell in "Time of Retribution" and claimed that it took weeks to get used to this character. She also had the flu during filming, but she made the most of her illness in her work. In the end, she felt so bad that she could barely stand.
13. Emma Stone in The Ghosts of Former Girlfriends.
Emma Stone appeared in Matthew McConaughey's latest comedy film Ghosts of Ex-Girlfriends in a red curly wig. It's hard to imagine her without her gorgeous hair and charming appearance, but she played her role flawlessly.