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Hello readers! Method acting is a dramatic technique in which actors identify as closely as possible with the character played by correlating experiences from their personal lives to the character. And for some actors, method acting is a big deal when it comes to getting to know their character better or even excelling their performance. However, it can sometimes go to far and get them into trouble or even better, get them an award. Here are 5 actors that have practiced method acting while filming a movie.

1.) Jared Leto

I'll start this list off with a well-known method actor, Jared Leto. When it comes to movie roles, this man is super-dedicated. For his role in Dallas Buyers Club, he lost 30-40 pounds and waxed his whole body, including his eyebrows. And for this year's Suicide Squad, he went to the extremes as The Joker. He stayed in character during the whole production, and sent the entire cast creepy gifts. Co-star Margot Robbie got a rat, black roses, and a love letter, while everyone else was given a dead pig carcass. During an interview, Robbie said she was terrified of him, but did see him out of makeup once and called him a "good looking man." This however, lead her to even be more terrified. Here's what she said to NY Daily News:

"Actually, I saw him out of makeup once and I was actually petrified of him. I was too scared to go up and didn’t know who that person was, and when he got back into his makeup I was far more comfortable."

Towards the end of filming, he sent everyone used condoms and anal beads. How gross! His other co-star, Viola Davis, admits she wanted to pepper spray the actor after receiving a box of bullets, but didn't. It just goes to show how dedicated this actor is with his roles.

2. Heath Ledger

While we're on the topic of The Joker, Australian-born actor Heath Ledger practiced method acting for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. The actor locked himself into his apartment prior to filming and only slept for two nights a week, because he couldn't stop thinking about the role. To further get to know the character, he created a "Joker Journal," and would put different things in the journal. Crew members told Fox News that they were worried about the actor, as one stated:

"If you tried to communicate with him normally instead of The Joker, he would just ignore you. He would often come to the set to hang out even on his days off, freaking everyone out. Towards the end of filming, he was warned by people that he had gone too far."

It is thought that the role played a major part in his tragic death, as he died of a drug overdose before the film was released. His amazing performance did win him an Oscar for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role".

3. Leonardo DiCaprio

During Django Unchained, star Leonardo DiCaprio didn't let a bloody hand ruin a scene. Producer Stacy Sher told Variety he accidentally slammed his hand so hard on the table, that it broke a glass and was injured in the process. She then continued on to say:

"Blood was dripping down his hand," "He never broke character. He kept going. He was in such a zone. It was very intense. He required stitches."

4. Anne Hathaway

For 2012's Les Miserables, star Anne Hathaway lost 25 pounds for her role and she even cut her hair short. Here's what she had to say about it in Vogue:

“I had to be obsessive about it — the idea was to look near death. 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 [my character] Fantine is anyway.”

Her dedication to the role was so great that it earned her a second Oscar nomination for the role. Way to go!

5. Michelle Williams

To prepare for her role as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, former Oz, The Great and Powerful actress Michelle Williams said that she wore a belt around her knees to strut around like the famous model. She also listened to interviews of Monroe on her iPod for months. Williams went to say,

"There was a sort of a sense of a figure eight to her walk, that her shoulders were back, it looked like she had a sort of – like a balloon was attached to her breastbone," Williams told CBS. "Her nipples were always pointed up... That was the work that I wanted to start as early as possible, because I don't want any of those thoughts to be anywhere in my mind when I'm in the middle of a scene."

It seems that actors in Hollywood want the best at portraying a character, and method acting is the way to deliver an excellent performance. So, do you agree with my list? Do you know any other actors that I might have missed? Make sure to list them below and also share and follow. Thanks for reading!


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