You can’t imagine what some Hollywood stars have to go through just to fit in a movie role. Some of them were totally unrecognisable after going through drastic changes for a movie. There were others who didn’t necessarily have to go through such a dramatic change but chose to do so in order to imbibe the role more.
There were stars whose work paid off after receiving accolades, especially from The Academy. Others have raked a lot of money from the box office for their role. Let us take a look at some of these stars and their drastic transformation.
Rooney Mara, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”
This actress has always been sweet and innocent looking. For her role in this Stieg Larsson adaptation, you can barely recognise her. she dyed her hair and cut it really short. She had her eyebrows bleached and had 4 piercings on both ears. She also had nipple piercing and other forms of body modifications. It was a total transformation that gave her an Oscar nomination.
Jared Leto, “Chapter 27”
You might have heard this guy undergoing a drastic transformation for his role as a dying AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club. However, it was not the first time for him to undergo such a dramatic change. In 2007, he has to play the role of Mark Chapman, the assassin of John Lennon. For that role, he has gained 67 pounds. His body went through a shock that he has to use a wheelchair for a while. Unlike Dallas Buyers Club, this movie was not received well. You can only imagine everything that he has gone through, and it didn’t end the way he wanted to be. It didn’t deter him as he decided to go through the same transformation years later.
Chris Hemsworth, “The Heart of the Sea”
This A-list Hollywood hunk is definitely one of the industry’s finest. Not only does he perform well, he is also undeniably gorgeous. Thus, when the photos of Hemsworth surfaced showing his lanky body and really long beard, people were totally surprised. He has lots his huge arms and well-sculptured body. No one can imagine someone like Hemsworth to go through such a drastic change for a role. Nevertheless, he has committed to a special diet just to lose all those muscles. After the film, you can only imagine how much time he spent shaving his beard. If you want to know more about it, check out this Shaver Guide.
Sadly for Hemsworth, this movie was a box office bomb. It earned almost the same amount as what was spent in producing the film.
50 Cent, “Things Fall Apart”
We all know 50 Cent as one of the best rappers in his generation. We never thought of him as a dramatic actor. When given a role to portray a cancer-stricken football player, this rapper really committed to it. He has lost a lot of weight for this film. You can barely recognise him, especially during the part when he was already dying. He has proven that you can count on him not only to utter words at a really fast speed but to also commit to a role when given one.
Charlize Theron, “Monster”
This film sealed the deal for Charlize Theron as one of Hollywood’s best. She won an Academy for her role in this film. It was even named as one of the most deserving Academy awards ever. To portray the role well, she has to gain a lot of weight. She also had her skin layered using a washed off tattoo ink. Her eyebrows have to be partially shaven and bleached out. She also had to wear dentures throughout the film. Most of all, her hair has to be repeatedly thinned and made to look dry. It was as if Theron wasn’t the person in the movie. Despite that, she was still one of AskMen’s Most Desirable Women of 2003.
There are Hollywood actors who have proven that they are willing to do anything for a role. Some of them might not have received anything in return for their transformation, but they have made themselves worthy of recognition. Not everyone can make such commitment especially in an industry where you have to look good to make it.