Amazing Transformations For Films
Something I stumbled on and thought I'd share it with all you lovely people.
Tom Hanks—Cast Away
Hanks went from a slightly overweight businessman in the first
half of the film to an emaciated castaway on a deserted Fiji island in
the second—ultimately losing 55 pounds to play plane crash survivor
Chuck Noland. Not only did he shed the weight in four months with a
strenuous diet and exercise regimen, he wasn’t allowed to shave or cut
his hair for weeks. Photos courtesy of RD / Erik Kabik / Retna Digit (left); Twentieth Century Fox (right).
Jared Leto—Chapter 27
The normally buff and hunky Leto packed on the pounds to play
John Lennon assassin Mark David Chapman. Rumor has it he forced himself
to eat mostly unhealthy foods, including lots of ice cream, in order to
gain close to 67 pounds. By the end of filming he has said it became
difficult for him to even walk to the set due to the pain caused by the
sudden weight gain. Photos courtesy of Camera Press/ Retna Ltd. (left); Peace Arch Films (right).
The typically toned Charlize Theron beefed up for her part as prostitute and serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster.
Theron is said to have eaten doughnuts to pack on 30 pounds. She also
had her eyebrows completely plucked out and her hair “fried” and
thinned. To alter her complexion, layers of latex were added to her face
and she wore dentures over her real teeth. Photos courtesy of Getty Images (left); Newmarket Film Group (right).
Butler has never been hard on the eyes, but after preparing for his role as King Leonidas in the movie 300,
he reached new heights of dreaminess. The star conditioned for four
months, working out with trainers Franco LiCastro and Mark Twight, who
created the “300-rep Spartan workout” to get a defined six-pack and
rock-hard body. The sessions would reportedly last up to six hours. Photos courtesy Retna Ltd. (left); Capital Pictures / Retna Ltd. (right).
Renée Zellweger—Bridget Jones’s Diary
Zellweger's role as a hopeless romantic in this blockbuster hit
required her to go from a size 6 to 14. In fact, she did it three times
total for the franchise—gaining and losing around 30 pounds for each
film! For the first movie, her diet consisted of doughnuts and pizza,
but that left her feeling ill, so she worked with a nutritionist on the
two sequels to safely gain weight by following a controlled high-calorie
diet. Photos courtesy of RD / Kirkland / Retna Digital (left); Retna Ltd. (right).
Christian Bale—The Machinist
The handsome Brit normally weighs around 185 pounds, but
dropped a shocking 63 pounds to play insomniac Trevor Reznik. Bale has
said he eliminated almost all foods (according to
People, he subsisted on coffee, cigarettes and an apple a day) and ended up shedding over 20 pounds more than was required. Photos courtesy of Wire Images (left); Paramount Classics (right).
50 Cent—Things Fall Apart
It’s hard to imagine the usually buff 50 Cent losing copious
amounts of weight, but he did just that by adhering to a liquid diet.
Taking on the role of a football player battling cancer for the film, he
dropped 54 pounds in just nine short weeks. In addition to his
regimented diet, the rapper/actor ran on a treadmill for three hours a
day. Photos courtesy of Mike Giro / Retna Ltd / Retna Ltd. (left); thisis50.com x (right).
Mariah Carey—Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
The gut-wrenching film Precious had the world buzzing,
but not just for the gripping story. Carey’s transformation from glam to
drab for the role of social worker Mrs. Weiss was hard to miss. Not
only did she go onscreen with minimal makeup, but small details, like
redness under her eyes and nose and upper lip hair, were added to
enhance the character’s homely appearance. Photos courtesy of James Eden/Capital Pictures/ Retna Ltd. (left); Lionsgate (right).
Cameron Diaz—Being John Malkovich
Barely recognizable, Diaz played Lotte Schwartz, a pet fanatic
who tries out her husband’s portal to another world. There were no
details in the script concerning her appearance, so she worked with
director Spike Jonze to create Lotte’s look: transforming her normally
blonde, straight locks into a brown, frizzy mess. Photos courtesy of RD / Kirkland / Retna Digital (left); USA Films (right).
Playing the cult classic character Edna Turnblad in the movie version of the Broadway musical Hairspray,
Travolta was transformed into a heavyset…woman! To achieve the look,
the film’s makeup department spent four hours each day covering him in
padding, prosthetics, makeup and a wig. Photos courtesy of Sara De Boer / Retna Ltd. (left); New Line Cinema (right).
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