43 Actors Who Underwent Dramatic Transformations For A Role

Acting, how hard can it be? Many of us have probably fancied ourselves as a bit of a star in the making who, with a bit of luck and some help memorizing the lines, could quite easily play the role of a leading man or lady. As actors themselves know, however, it's a job that takes incredible amounts of skill and dedication. It often goes far beyond slipping into character to deliver a few lines here and there, wearing some make-up or perhaps a fake mustache.

Would you be willing to sacrifice your figure for extreme weight gain? Or to go on dieting for months for a role-proper weight loss? Or, in some cases to live with an excruciating muscle gain regime, that requires six hours a day in the gym? Yes, it really is not so easy to be a famous actor, after all.

Here at Bored Panda, we have decided to pay homage to those famous celebrities that took their body transformations to the extreme, those who undertook vast physical and mental efforts to portray their characters most authentically and accurately possible. Many of these actors won prestigious awards for their work, and rightly so. Scroll down below to see and learn about the dramatic changes these stars underwent for their craft!

Chris Hemsworth, Thor

Chris Pratt, Guardians Of The Galaxy

Christian Bale, The Machinist

Jake Gyllenhaal, Southpaw

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Taylor Lautner, Twilight: New Moon

Hillary Swank, Million Dollar Baby

Jonah Hill, Maniac

Matt Damon, Courage Under Fire

Emma Stone, Battle Of The Sexes

Will Smith, Ali

Demi Moore, G.I. Jane

Jared Leto, Chapter 27

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Kit Harington, Pompeii

Charlize Theron, Monster

Michael Fassbender, Hunger

Ewan Mcgregor, Fargo

Matthew Fox, Alex Cross

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Tom Hardy, Bronson

Matt Damon, The Informant!

Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jones: Edge Of Reason

Rooney Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

J.K. Simmons, Justice League

Ryan Reynolds, Blade: Trinity

Cent, All Things Fall Apart

Chris Hemsworth, In The Heart Of The Sea

Tom Hanks, Castaway

Edward Norton, American History X

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

Ben Kingsley, Gandhi

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Vincent D'Onofrio, Full Metal Jacket

Matthew McConaughey, Gold

Emile Hirsch, Into The Wild

Zac Efron, Baywatch

Robert De Niro, Raging Bull

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Daniel Radcliffe, Jungle

Ryan Gosling, The Lovely Bones

Colin Farrell, The Lobster

George Clooney, Syriana

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