Shocking physical transformations of 12 actors in the movie industry

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7/ Michael Fassbender in the film “Hunger” (2008)

In the film Hunger, Michael Fassbender plays the role of Bobby Sands, an IRA nationalist who carried out a food strike in prison for 66 days. For the role, the actor had to lose around 12 kg!

8/ Matthew McConaughey in the “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013)

In this film, Matthew McConaughey plays the role of a man who is HIV positive. For this role he had to lose a massive 20 kg!

9/ Jared Leto in the film “Chapter 27” (2008)

When you think of Jared Leto you immediately think of a slim man in good shape. However this is not always the case! For his role in the film Chapter 27, the actor is certainly not slim. In fact, far from it! Unfortunately he had to gain 30 kg for a film that in the end wasn’t very successful!

10/ Sylvester Stallone in “Copland” (1997)

This is a physical transformation that is not talked about enough. Sylvester Stallone is known for his huge muscles and his sculpted features for his roles in Rocky and Rambo! However he decided to put aside his usual action films and joined the cast of Copland, a film that received great success! So Stallone could play his role in this film he had to say goodbye to his huge muscles and in instead go for a bingo wing look!

11/ Chris Hemsworth in the film “In the Heart of the Sea” (2015)

The actor known for his role in Thor had to lose his muscles and ten kilos to play the role of a sailor. The difference is rather shocking! How did he manage to do it? Apparently he ate a diet of 500 calories per day and no more! This is of course not a recommended diet to loose weight!

12/ Christian Bale in: All his films!

Christian Bale certainly wins the gold medal for physical transformations in the movie industry. Anorexic, muscular, ripped … the actor went through all these steps and sometimes at the risk of destroying his health.

Let’s look at his transformations in more detail:.

  • Bale’s most extreme transformation was undoubtedly for his role in The Machinist. In this film, Christian Bale plays the role of an insomniac anorexic. He had to lose a whopping 28 kg for this role. How did he do it? Bale simply stopped eating! He hardly ate anything at all and only slept for two hours per night. In an interview with The Guardian he stated: « When you are so thin you can hardly walk up the stairs, it is like you have abandoned your body. This is the most zen like state I have been in throughout my life. Two hours of sleep and a book for ten hours non stop…it’s incredible. Nothing annoyed me. I had no highs and no lows. As soon as I started eating again rivers of emotions spread around my body.” Christian Bale took on other roles in which he had to lose weight like Rescue Dawn in 2006 and Fighter in 2010.
  • One of his most popular roles is undoubtedly Batman! Batman Begins was released in 2005, only one year after The Machinist. So he could create this role, the actor has to regain 28 kg of muscle that he had lost before.
  • Lastly, in 2013 for the film American Bluff and in 2018 for Vice, the actor had to almost become obese as he had to go from 84 kg to 103 kg. In the film Vice. Bale is hardly recogniseable!

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