Actors who Physically Transformed For their Roles


It is not uncommon among Hollywood actors to go to huge lengths for their impersonation of the characters they bring to life through screen. A very well-known example is the 2-time Golden Globe Award winner and Academy award winner Leonardo Dicaprio who reportedly ate a raw bison liver and slept in animal hide for his recent movie The Revenant. Similarly, below is a list of Hollywood Actors who underwent extreme body transformation for their roles

  1. Chris Hemsworth    

Hollywood ActorsThe Thor actor is widely known for his drop-dead gorgeous looks and heavy built physique. Therefore it came as no surprise when he broke down Twitter with a recent caption of him in a generously leaner physical state. This shocking transformation could be credited to his recent role as a sailor in the movie In the Heart of The Sea.


  1. Jared Leto

Hollywood ActorsJared Leto is known for altering his physique more than once for his roles in movies. He allegedly starved himself for two months and lost about 28 pounds to fit into his character, Harry Goldfarb, a heroin addict in the movie Requiem For A Dream. In 2007, Leto starred in the movie Chapter 27 playing Mark Chapman. The movie is based on the emotional and mental conditions of The Beatle John Lennon’s assassin. Leto reportedly gained 60 pounds for the role. Furthermore, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a trans-gender Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. He lost about 114lbs to prepare for the role. Leto said of the transformation, “I stopped eating. It wasn’t an easy thing to do. It was 30 or 40 pounds. After a while, I stopped counting.”


  1. Matthew McConaughey

Hollywood ActorsMatthew McConaughey lost about 21 kg for his Oscar winning portrayal of Ron Woodroof, an HIV diagnosed drug dealer in the movie Dallas Buyers Club. In an interview he opened up about how he consulted nutritionists and experts to find out the healthiest way to losing such a considerable amount of weight. He reportedly “chewed a lot of ice”.



  1. Tom Hanks

Hollywood ActorsTom Hanks is well-known for his realistic portrayal of movie roles such as in the movie A League of Their Own for which he gained 30 pounds but perhaps his most important transformation was as Chuck Noland from the 2000 movie Cast Away. The actor lost 55 pounds to portray a man stranded on an island with no food or means of return. He received very positive reviews for his performance with critics drawing attention towards his transformation. He later won the Golden Glove Award for this role.


  1. Christian Bale

Hollywood ActorsChristian Bale’s most drastic transformation was for his role as Trevor Reznik in the 2004 psychological thriller The Machinist. It was later revealed that the actor (who is said to have lost 60 pounds to prepare for the role) wasn’t asked by the director Brad Anderson to do so but he did so willingly for his character to appear more realistic. Upon release, the movie and Bale’s performance received critical acclaim. Later in 2013, Bale once again surprised the whole world in American Hustle as Irving Rosenfeld, a con artist for which he gained 43 pounds and looked unrecognizable.

Which celebrities do you think had the most unrecognizable transformation? Leave your opinion in the comments below and keep following GenY World.

By Ramla Khan

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