16 Actors Who Have Undergone Incredible Physical Transformations To Play A Role

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Probably one of the most difficult aspects of an actor’s job is to physically transform to play a specific character when he or she looks very different from them, forcing them to lose weight, adopt strange mannerisms, foreign accents, and even prosthetic makeup.

Would you be willing to gain several kilos for a role? Dieting for months until you weigh the same as a ten-year-old? These 16 actors have gone through more than one type of radical physical and / or aesthetic transformation to play a role realistically, looking, on many occasions, unrecognizable.

1. Jake Gyllenhaal

Productions where it changed a lot: Rematch and Deadly scoop.

2. Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz

Productions where it changed a lot: Broken Embraces, American Crime Story and Official competition.

3. Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill

Productions where it changed a lot: Maniac and The wolf of Wall Street.

4. Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Productions where it changed a lot: In the woods, The woman of iron and Big Little Lies.

5. Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Productions where it changed a lot: The Vice President: Beyond Power, American Scandal and The Machinist.

6. Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara

Productions where it changed a lot: The girl with the dragon tattoo and Maria Magdalena.

7. Steve Carell

Steve Carell

Productions where it changed a lot: The battle of the sexes, The Vice President: Beyond Power and Foxcatcher.

8. Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Productions where it changed a lot: The scandal, Monster and Mad Max: Fury Road.

9. Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy

Productions where it changed a lot: Bronson, Caption: The Profession of Violence and Revenant: the reborn.

10. Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Productions where it changed a lot: The Miserables and Modern love.

11. Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani

Productions where it changed a lot: The Big Sick and Eternals.

12. Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman

Productions where it changed a lot: The hours, The scandal and Destruction.

13. Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

Productions where it changed a lot: The club of the evicted and The power of ambition.

14. Renée Zellweger

Renée Zellweger

Productions where it changed a lot: Judy and The diaryof Bridget Jones.

15. Jared Leto

Jared Leto

Productions where it changed a lot: The club of the evicted and John Lennon’s killer.

16. Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank

Productions where it changed a lot: Boys don’t cry and Blows of fate.

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