The following is a list of the most prominent artists who have changed their shape dramatically in order to appear on the screen in a way that suits the character.
Ryan Reynolds – Blade: Trinity
The body of the character “Hannibal King,” the superhero detective, and before the film entered into intense sports training and a severe diet in order to gain his body about 11 kilograms of muscle.
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Natalie Portman wanted to present the role of a ballerina, which forced her to lose 9 kilograms of weight by relying on a diet based on eating carrots and almonds, in addition to swimming and ballet training for a period of 5 to 8 hours per day.
Christian Bale seems to love changing his looks, as he lost 54 kg in weight to portray Trevor Reisenk, a lean worker who suffers from persistent insomnia in The Machinist.
Christian Bell adopted a diet of one apple and a can of tuna, with constant morning jogging.
Then he had to gain 68 kg in weight in order to play the role of Bruce Wayne “Batman” in the movie Batman Begins, and he was suffering from more weight gain than he struggled to lose it.
Immediately after he finished filming the movie, Christian Bale decided to enter a diet based on eating sweets, burgers and whatever he wanted, in order to gain 19.5 kilograms, in order to present the figure of Irving Rosenfeld, the fat con in the movie American Hustle.
Christian Bale returned years later to gain 18 kg and relied on makeup to turn into Dick Cheney, former US Vice President in Vice.
Robert De Niro – Raging Bull
Robert De Niro underwent a difficult experience during the filming of the movie in which he embodied the character of boxer Jake LaMotta, as the character goes through different age stages, as he underwent harsh training under the supervision of La Motta himself, and fought 3 real boxing matches, in order to get acquainted with the details of the character.
After that, De Niro had to enter a diet in order to increase his weight of 27 kilograms, in order to embody the life of Lamotta after retirement, and he was suffering due to rapid weight gain from skin allergies and shortness of breath, but his troubles disappeared after he won the Golden Globe and Oscar for his role in the movie.
روني مارا- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Ronnie Mara did not have to diet for the role, but she chose to change the features of her face, abandoned her long hair and changed its color, as well as piercing her eyebrows, nose, lips and putting their earrings, in order to appear suitable for the character of Elizabeth Slander, the girl who penetrated computers>
Rooney Maras adventure paid off, as she was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the film.
Tom Hanks – Castaway
The movie was filmed in two stages during 16 months, the first for the character “Chuck Noland”, as represented by Tom Hanks, before the plane crash when he was a person enjoying a normal lifestyle, and the second on the island after the plane crash. During the stoppage of filming between the two stages, Tom Hanks was forced to lose 25 A kilogram of his weight, and he was subjected to a severe diet under medical supervision, during which he depended on water, fish, fruits and a few carbohydrates, in addition to exercise exercises for two hours a day, six days a week.
Tom Hanks released a beard throughout the filming hiatus, looking befitting of an isolated man on an island in the middle of the ocean.
Demi Moore – GI Jane Movie
Demi Moore introduced the character of US Navy officer Jordan O’Neill, and in order to become suitable for the role, she underwent harsh military training in order to gain physical fitness and a muscular body, due to her desire to present dangerous scenes herself, and she also made sure to shave her head completely to give the appearance of seriousness to her features.
Tom Cruise – The Last Samurai
Tom Cruise did a lot for his role in this movie, as he lost 11 kilograms of weight, spent several months studying the history of Japan, he also learned the Japanese language as well as learning sword fighting in the Japanese way.
Tom Cruise gained great popularity in Japan and is considered one of the most beloved artists among the Japanese people, so that the state honored him and dedicates the sixth of October every year, to become the national day of Tom Cruise.
Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There
The actors ’insane sacrifices do not stop at losing or gaining weight, as Cate Blanchett decided to play Bob Dylan in” I’m Not There “.
Cate Blanchett relied on makeup and wigs to turn into a man, and embarks on her adventure to embody the character of a famous singer alive, a challenge that she won and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Jared Leto – Chapter 27
Leto need to gain weight by 30 kilograms, which prompted him to follow a diet based on eating crackers and unhealthy food.
Jared Letos experience caused health problems for him, and he said that by the end of filming the movie, he was unable to walk due to the pain of his feet, and he relied on a wheelchair to move around.
Charlize Theron Monster
Charlize Theron embodied the character of a homeless woman, and the filmmakers wanted to appear ugly, so she had to gain weight about 14 kilograms without looking fat.
Charlize Theron stopped exercising and focused on high-fat foods.
Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry
Another experience with men’s roles, where Cate Blanchett presented the character of a girl who undergoes a transformation into a boy, and his struggles with experience.
Hilary Swank lived the men’s life for weeks before filming the movie, during which time she treated like a man and shaved her hair to suit the character, and the result was that she won an Oscar for Best Actress.
Ben Kingsley – Gandhi movie
Director Richard Attenburg said he had been searching for the right actor to introduce the character of Gandhi in his film, for 20 years, until he met Ben Kingsley.
Kingsley lost 9 kilograms and shaved his head completely, in order to be close to Mahatma Gandhi.
50 Cent – All Things Fall Apart
The rapper 50 Cent had the body of a soccer player suffering with cancer, which prompted him to enter a diet for 9 weeks, in order to lose 23 kilograms of weight.
50 Cent relied on fluid intake only and exercising more than once a day.
Matt Damon – The Informant
Matt Damon needed to gain 14 kilograms to embody the personality of negotiator “Mark Whitaker”, and Damon described the experience of gaining weight as terrifying, because he relied on his eating lifestyle before becoming a famous actor, and it was frightening to see how he gained weight easily.
Robert Downey Jr.- Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. considered the idea of his character in the movie the stupidest thing he had heard in his life, when Ben Stiller suggested that he co-star in the movie.
Robert Downey Jr. introduced the character of an Australian actor named Kirk Lazarus, who is undergoing an operation to turn his skin brown in order to present the role of an African-American man in one of the films, and Junior thought that the experiment was either a failure miserably or received a favor, but he decided to go through the experiment because he believed in the necessity An element of risk is present in any idea.
She can be considered the female version of Christian Bale in love with weight gain and loss for her roles.
Zellweger gained 11 kilograms for her role in “Bridget Jones’s Diary”, and months later she went on a strict diet to lose more than the weight she gained for her role in the film “Chicago”.
Renee Zellweger continued her weight gain experiments and gained 14 kilograms in order to participate in the second part of the Bridget Jones series “Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason” as well as the movie “Cold Mountain” for which she won the Oscar.
The Egyptian experience
Egyptian actors have different experiences with changing features in order to present the distinctive roles, some of them used makeup or abandoned their hair, but the two most prominent experiences are Mahmoud Hamidas experience in the movie “Heaven of the Devils”, where he removed his front teeth because the character had deformed teeth, which he could not Done with makeup.
Hamada Hilal also underwent intense sports training that lasted for two months, during which he acquired an athletic body and became macho for his role in the movie “Dream of a Life”, in which he presented the character of a boxer.