The recent trend in many of the movies is not restricted to merely the portrayal of a certain character. It has evolved over these years and now the stars who portray a specific character, try hard to transform themselves into the originality of the role so that it appeals more to the viewers. It is not everyone's cup of tea you see. It takes a colossal amount of hard work, terrible workouts at the gym, strict diets and above all 'a strong will' to adapt into the depth of the dramatist personae. Have a look at some of these very famous celebrity stars, who hit the bull's eye and seized some of the most remarkable roles with their hard work and whooping transformation.
The English actor lost a whopping 63 pounds for playing the role of the insomniac, Trevor Reznik in the movie, 'The Machinist' in 2004. It was not suggested by the director, Brad Anderson but Bale's own wish to completely fit into the character. He merely survived on only an apple and a cup of tuna a day. He also adapted smoking heavily to curb down his appetite. The frantic guy even wanted to lose five more pounds, but the doctors warned him and said that he would die if he would have done so!
The Australian actor and director, Heath Ledger was massively applauded for his super villain role of Joker in the movie The Dark Knight that released in 2008. Very less people are aware of this fact that, to transform into the role of that violent character, Ledger lived alone in a hotel room for a month! He incorporated and learnt the joker's voice, postures, personality and kept with himself a diary in which he recorded the joker's feelings and perceptions. It was initially difficult for him, but very soon he shot and directed those videos that the Joker sends out as warnings.
'The talent is in the choices'- Robert De Niro. As he said, so he did. The Italian American actor and producer starred in more than 100 films. The actor gained 60 pounds for only one scene in the movie, 'Raging Bull', which was an American biographical black-and-white sports drama film. He underwent a very harsh training, during which he understood every facet of a boxer's life. He portrayed the role of Jake LaMotta in the film, who is an Italian American middleweight boxer. He did his training under LaMotta and actually competed in three organized bouts, out of which he won two.
The American actor was so dedicated for his comeback role in the movie 'The Wrestler', that he gained 30 pounds. To depict the injury appealing real to the audience, he actually cut himself at many places with real razors! He stunned people with his this new look and also grabbed the role of a villain in 'Iron Man 2'.
To transform as King Leonidas, Butler spent four months to prepare himself physically and mentally. With the aid of a former world class mountain climber, Mark Twight he participated in what Mark called as the ' 300-rep Spartan workout'. This workout comprised of no resting between exercises, performing 25 pull ups, 50 deadlifts with 135 pounds, 50 pushups, 50 jumps on a 24-inch box, 50-floor wipers, 50 single-arm-clean and presses via a 36-pound kettle bell and added 25 pullups. Whoa!
For the movie 'The Dark Knight Rises', Tom Hardy had to take up the tough job to portray the role of an imposing terrorist, Bane. For the same, he gained 30 pounds and weighed about 198 pounds. He wanted to appear physically powerful and so he build his muscles by gyming for four days a week!
To portray as Batman, Bale studied many graphic novels and illustrations of the superhero in the comics. Eventually, his dislike for his costume made him in the necessary bad mood that was needed to be depicted. Since he lost tremendously for 'The Machinist', he hired a trainer who helped him gain about 100 pounds in only two months. He then thought, the excess weight may lack the speed and strategy that the role of Batman needed, and so he lost a few pounds back again before the film began.
The American actor won the Oscar for his role in the 1984 feature film, 'Amadeus'. He spent five hours a day in his make-up so that he could really look like an old man, the character he portrayed. During the film shooting, he spent most of the time in Isolation, so that he could adapt a lonely lifestyle as was needed for his role to be perfect!
Playing the role of a synthetic man with scissorhands, Johnny Depp 'wept like a newly born baby' when he read the script, as he truly felt emotional connection with the story. He lost about 25 pounds for his role and watched many of the Charlie Chaplin films, as he spoke only 169 words in the film. He needed ideas to create sympathy without dialogue.
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