15 Actors Who Completely Transformed For Roles (And Are Miserable About It)

8 Anne Hathaway — Les Miserables

Les Miserables translates to “The Miserable Ones”, which perfectly describes Hugh Jackman while preparing for the role of Jean Valjean. He went from his muscle-bound Wolverine physique to looking deprived.

During this time, Jackman was suffering from bouts of dizziness and headaches, causing him to get grouchy on set. Jackman was remorseful about his behavior after seeing the prior day’s footage and his own grumpiness. The actor said he believed the ordeal was a small price to pay for the notable role.

Most of us would have to agree with him on that one, since the musical made over $400 million worldwide.

While playing a deathly ill woman in LesMiserables, Anne Hathaway lost a total of 25 pounds. Feeling dizzy spells and headaches to put on the best performance she could, Hathaway stated, “I didn’t think I would be able to keep going without collapsing, but I had to appear dead.”

Aware of how teenage fans might react, she discouraged them from a diet like the one she used to obtain her physique in the stage musical.

During the last week of filming Hathaway only ate small amounts of baked porridge. It was most certainly a miserable situation that would eventually pay off in the end. Not only did Les Miserables gross $400 million, Hathaway won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

How would you feel about having to undergo these transformations? Share your thoughts in the comments!

15 Actors Who Completely Transformed For Roles (And Are Miserable About It)

“The Devil Wears Prada” star shed a reported 25 pounds and shaved her head to play Fantine, a prostitute dying of tuberculosis, in the 2012 film “Les Misérables.” The actress’ rep told The Huffington Post that she consumed fewer than 500 calories a day to achieve the feat.

“I had to be obsessive about it— the idea was to look near death,” Hathaway told Vogue in 2012. “Looking back on the whole experience— and I don’t judge it in any way— it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that’s who Fantine is anyway.”

The star, who nabbed a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Tom Hooper’s 2012 adaptation of the Broadway musical, famously lost 25 pounds (10 before shooting, 15 during) to play tuberculosis-afflicted prostitute Fantine. “I had to be obsessive about it — the idea was to look near death,” she later said of her diet, which consisted of two squares of dried oatmeal paste a day. “Looking back on the whole experience — and I don’t judge it in any way — it was definitely a little nuts.”

Anne Hathaway became one of America’s least liked actresses after she came off as pretentious and ungrateful during her speech after winning best supporting actress at the Oscars for her role in Les Miserables.

In the movie, Hathaway portrayed Fantine. Besides shaving her head for the role, the actress also lost a total of 25 pounds for the film. She lost 10 pounds before the movie, but then lost an additional 15 pounds during filming.

Before the movie started filming, Hathaway put herself on a cleanse. She wanted to look as desperate and starved as Fantine was supposed to be. During the movie, however, the actress took things even farther.

Hathaway decided that she needed to be more extreme and show how desperate Fantine was by becoming small and frail herself. The actress would only eat two squares of oatmeal paste every day. She practically starved herself for the role.

12 Chris Hemsworth — In the Heart of the Sea

Everyone knows Chris Hemsworth is willing to do what it takes to look the part of a role. He bulked up to godly proportions to play the golden-haired God of Thunder, Thor, and tries to lead an active lifestyle to maintain those well-earned physical attributes.

Hemsworth tried a diet he called the “lost at sea” diet in which he consumed less than 500 calories per day, shrinking the Son of Odin down to just skin, bone, and beard. He then regained his size, especially in the arm region, for his role in Thor: Ragnarok.

Christian Bale is possibly the master of changing his body for a role. He dropped 60 pounds for The Machinist using a diet of whiskey and cigarettes (definitely not recommended).

This created a struggle when it came time to inhabit the Batsuit in Batman Begins. In preparation for the Dark Knight series, Bale consumed very high-calorie meals to get back to where he was physically before The Machinist.

Learning from the experience, and needing to gain extra weight for his upcoming role as Dick Cheney in Backseat, Bale realized he needed to gain the weight in a healthy manner.

He did for Backseat, though, saying that it can never be healthy to gain that much weight that quickly, but he wanted to do it as healthy as he could.

15 Actors Who Completely Transformed For Roles (And Are Miserable About It)

“The Dark Knight” actor has shrunk his frame for not one, but two roles on the silver screen: first for “The Machinist” and second for “The Fighter.” Bale famously lost 63 pounds— or a third of his body weight— with vitamins, a sparse diet and lots of exercise to play a chronic insomniac in the former movie, in which he plays an industrial worker who doesn’t sleep for an entire year.

«I will adjust to what is needed,” Bale told People magazine in 2005, “but only if I have quite an obsession for the role.”

The Dark Knight Rises star made headlines in 2004 for losing an incredible 63 pounds to play emaciated insomniac Trevor Reznik in 2004’s The Machinist. “Interestingly, I did find that mentally it was very, very calming being that skinny, because you really didn’t have any energy for expending on unnecessary things, so you just kept it simple,” he told MovieWeb of withering down to 121 pounds. “Life became very simple.”

Most people know about The Machinist more because of the weight Christian Bale lost, rather than the movie itself.

The actor who is best known for being Batman in Christopher Nolan’s movies revolving around the comic book hero, Bale has been known for taking himself very seriously. So, of course, he lost sixty pounds for his role in The Machinist.

Originally, the role was supposed to be given to a much shorter actor in order for the character to look smaller. Bale is six feet tall, but he wanted the role, so he lost a lot of weight to prove that he was worthy of it and that he can look small too.

Bale ended up getting as low as almost 120 pounds by the time the movie ended. Unfortunately, he needed to gain weight for Batman Begins right afterwards and ended up eating his weight in pizza and ice cream to do so.

Do you know of any other actors who have lost a lot of weight for just one role? Let us know in the comments!

1. Chris Hemsworth

15 Actors Who Completely Transformed For Roles (And Are Miserable About It)

Actor Liam Hemsworth’s older brother may be known for his buff body, but these days the man who plays Thor has been sporting a leaner physique to embody a shipwrecked man at sea in the upcoming flick “In the Heart of the Sea.

” The movie stars Chris Hemsworth as Owen Chase and marks the film adaptation of the Herman Melville classic “Moby Dick.” The actor told Entertainment Tonight (ET) in July that for three or four weeks, he is preparing to drop down to 500, 600 or 700 calories a day.

“It’s going to be pretty uncomfortable, but we’ll be together in our misery,” he told ET. “I spend more time thinking about food than anything else at the moment.”

While you might instantly recognize Chris Hemsworth as Thor, he’s also a pretty renowned actor and has done a lot of work in the past. When he was cast in the 2015 film In the Heart of the Sea, the actor had to lose all of the muscle that he had gained as Thor in order to prepare himself for the new role.

Directed by Ron Howard, In the Heart of the Sea is based on the real story of a whaling ship being sunk by a giant whale. It’s the tale that actually inspired Herman Melville to write Moby-Dick.

Hemsworth lost 33 pounds in just four weeks for the role due to back-to-back scheduling with Avengers: Age of Ultron. He did this by only eating 500 calories a day. During that time, he says that he only ate boiled eggs, salad, «and nothing else.»

10 Lilly James —  Cinderella

Lilly James was already as thin as a stick when she appeared in Downtown Abbey. Fast forward to when she portrayed the main character in the Disney live-action Cinderella, though, and her body became even tinier.

The role of Cinderella required James to wear a corset. However, the corset would be so tight that she wasn’t able to eat, as it affected her digestion.

Since she had to stay in costume all day, she essentially starved herself so that she could keep working within the corset.

While the amount of weight James ended up at in the end isn’t officially known, the actress does claim that she went on an all-liquid diet during production in order to wear the corset. The result? Her waist ended up looking unnaturally tiny.

Tom Hanks in Cast Away

Tom Hanks had to cast away 55 pounds for his role in this survival film. He was in decent shape prior to the role but needed to look the part of the stranded airplane passenger.

He went on a diet later dubbed the “Cast Away” diet, which consisted of mostly island type foods that would fit in the palm of your hand. He also ended up doing a lot of cardiovascular exercise.

Unfortunately, Tom Hanks now suffers from Type 2 diabetes, which he contributes to ignoring his health. Hanks stated that, “I went to the doctor, and he said, ‘You know those high blood sugar numbers you’ve been dealing with since you were 36? Well, you’ve graduated! You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.'»

The Academy Award-winning actor has gained and lost weight for multiple movies in the past, including 2000’s Cast Away. (He shed 50 pounds to play a man stuck on a desert island.) Recently, he told reporters at the BFI London Film Festival that the yo-yo dieting may have contributed to his type 2 diabetes diagnosis. “The gaining and the losing of weight may have had something to do with it,” he confessed.

As America’s sweetheart, Tom Hanks had already become a household name. Having won Oscars, starred in some of the best films of his time, and being a generally great guy, everyone loved him.

Hanks stared as Chuck in the movie Cast Away. He portrayed a FedEx worker who becomes stranded on a dessert island and must attempt to survive on his own.

Of course, this role required Hanks to appear as though he had no resources and no source of real nourishment, being stranded and all.

Hanks was used to changing his appearance already, though, after having put on 30 pounds for the 1992 movie A League of Their Own.

Hanks ended up losing 50 pounds for Cast Away. Later in life, he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. He blames himself for it, saying that having a continuously changing waist line was probably the cause of it.

Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’s Diary

15 Actors Who Completely Transformed For Roles (And Are Miserable About It)

The usually size-4 star gained 20 pounds to jump to a size 14 for her role as Bridget Jones in 2001’s “Bridget Jones’ Diary.” Zellweger dropped the weight she had gained yet continued to lose weight even after that.

The public scrutiny over her frame reportedly left the star feeling violated. «I realized the influence of living in a society that focuses so much on physicality has affected me,» she told Vogue in 2013.

“When the film was coming out, the question I was asked the most was regarding my weight … I was followed around Heathrow [Airport] by a guy who wanted to take a picture of my backside. I don’t understand the obsession.»

The usually petite actress packed on between 20 and 30 pounds to play the leading lady in 2001’s Bridget Jones’s Diary and its 2004 sequel, Bridget Jones’s Diary: The Edge of Reason. “It’s really just math,” she said of gaining and losing weight for the movies. “I’ve been eating lots of really fattening food.”

11 Jennifer Lawrence — Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence’s body has always been unnecessarily controversial. Before people were arguing over whether or not she needs to cover up her swanky dresses with warm and cozy jackets, they were debating whether or not she had lost enough weight to play her iconic role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

Many fans of the YA series felt Lawrence was too curvy to play a starving teen. Others found her too thin to be considered curvy. Lawrence has always been incredibly vocal about her anger over the public’s constant judging but utterly refuses to change her ways for anyone.

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