How difficult can acting be? Many of us have imagined being a rising star who, with a little luck and help mastering the lines, could easily play a major man or woman. However, as actors know, it’s a career that demands a great deal of expertise and dedication.
Many of these actors deservedly received important honors for their efforts. Scroll down to see and learn about the significant transformations these celebrities underwent in order to better their art!
9. Natalie Portman
Natalie, who is already small, lost 20 pounds for her role as ballet dancer Nina Sayers in Black Swan. “The training was incredibly difficult and we started a year ahead of time,” she remarked at the film’s premiere, describing the “intense” fitness regimen.
8. 50 Cent
Fiddy stunned everyone when he starred in the thriller All Things Fall Apart as a cancer-stricken American football player. He stated it made a tremendous difference that the character, Deon, was a buddy of his.
7. Renee Zellweger
Renée played Bridget Jones between 2001 and 2004, and she reportedly ate 4,000 calories per day to acquire weight quickly. In the interim, she played Roxie Hart in Chicago in 2002, and she worked out every day to stay in shape.
6. Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt of Parks and Recreation made sure he did everything right when it came to growing muscle and becoming fit for his role as Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy, hiring a nutritionist as well as a personal trainer.
5. Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake shed 20 pounds for his role as Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler in 2013, but he was already filming Southpaw, in which he plays boxer Billy ‘The Great Hope.’ Jake trained twice a day, seven days a week to build muscle and learn how to box, according to the film’s director.
4. Rooney Mara
This is what term dedication. Rooney shaved her eyebrows and head, had multiple piercings, and lost a large amount of weight to play Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
3. Christian Bale
Christian Bale’s tremendous weight loss for 2004’s The Machinist was one of the most stunning changes of all time. To play insomniac Trevor Reznik, he shed nearly 60 pounds. Soon after, he bulked up to play Batman, and in 2013, he played Irving Rosenfeld in American Hustle, in which he reportedly gained 40 pounds by eating a lot of junk food.
2. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron played serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 film Monster. She reportedly wore dentures, had her hair thinned, gained 30 pounds, shaved and bleached her brows, and had transparent tattoo ink put over her skin to give it an aged appearance.
1. Matthew McConaughey
It’s a good way he got an Oscar for it because Matthew’s transition into Aids patient Ron Woodroof for Dallas Buyers Club sounds terrifying. Matthew dropped 38 pounds for the part, bringing his weight down to 9.5 stone.