As a theater major in college, I can attest to the fact that becoming another character is an incredible feeling. The research behind the character, the costume, the makeup, the shoes, the hair, and seeing everything from their lens can really help one transform into another person.
Some actors go so far as to physically change their appearance. Getting a hair cut or even dyeing one's hair doesn't seem so extreme. But losing an extreme amount of weight, or even gaining, can make an actor almost unrecognizable.
This extension of a previous Moviepilot article shows even more actors that complete morphed their bodies to truly portray another person.
1. Kevin James in Here Comes the Boom
"About 14 months out or right around there, we were just like we got to change everything," he said. "I started drinking greens and really getting into shape. I had an organic diet and was training with all these guys from the UFC. Really started to working with them and taking it real serious."
It's insane to think that James went from 285 pounds to 218.
2. Donnie Wahlberg in The Sixth Sense
Donnie Wahlberg lost 43 pounds for this role, according to M. Night Shyamalan.
3. Christian Bale in American Hustle
Christian Bale gained 43 pounds, got a comb-over, and slouched his posture to really portray his character Irving, and ended up herniating two of his disks in the process.
4. Matt Bomer for The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer lost over 35 pounds to play a man with AIDS. Apparently director Ryan Murphy cried the first time he saw him so emaciated on set.
5. Michael Fassbender for Hunger
Michael Fassbender went on a medically monitored crash diet to get the starved look of Bobby Sands. He lost 33 pounds total.
6. Lily James for Cinderella
Lily James went on an extreme liquid diet to maintain that teeny, tiny waist.
7. Dennis Quaid in Wyatt Earp
Quaid lost 40 pounds for the role, which caused him to become anorexic for a bit in the mid-1990s, as the mentality stuck with him.
"I'd look in the mirror and still see a 180-lb. guy, even though I was 138 pounds."
8. Christina Ricci in Black Snake Moan
I felt that she should look really unhealthy. For the first half of the film, you don’t ever see her eat—all she does is drink and take some drugs. I wanted to show that this is someone who can’t take care of herself. I really wanted her to look incredibly fragile, because I wasn’t going to be giving her an outward, emotional vulnerability.
Ricci claimed to eat nothing with nutritional value, only sustaining on sugary-foods for energy.
9. Vincent D'Onofrio in Full Metal Jacket
Vincent D'Onofrio gained 70 pounds. It took him seven months to put the weight on, and then nine months to take it off with physical training.
10. Sylvester Stallone in Copland
Stallone gained 40 pounds to get that real-life donut-eating police officer body.
Whether you think this might be too severe, you have to admit it's incredibly mesmerizing to watch some of our favorite actors completely switch into a different person, from their physicality, to their costumes and voices.
And now I'm going to go eat a veggie burger and fries, as I can't stand to look at these skeletal bodies any longer.