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





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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




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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

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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

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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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