Acting sometimes requires an actor to alter their appearance to suit the role that they are playing. This sometimes involves losing a substantial amount of weight.
Although dietitians and nutritionists would argue that it is not necessarily good for the health, these actors felt it was essential to lose weight to get “into” their roles.
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Here are ten examples of the top weight shedding actors.
1. Christian Bale
Christian Bale made dramatic weight losses on two occasions; firstly for The Machinist, where he lost 63 lbs and latterly for The Fighter where he played a former wrestler turned cocaine addict.
2. 50 Cent
Rapper, 50 Cent lost a massive 54 lbs in order to realistically portray a football player who was suffering from cancer in the film Things Fall Apart.
3. Anne Hathaway
To play the role of the emaciated Fantine, who was suffering from T.B, in the musical, Les Misérables, Anne Hathaway went on a strict, calorie controlled diet and reportedly lost 25 lbs in the process.
4. Jared Leto
Jared Leto went from one extreme to another. He needed to make drastic weigh losses to play Rayon, a transgender character who was suffering from AIDS in the film, Dallas Buyers Club, which he achieved to dramatic effect.
He also had to gain in the region of 60 lbs for his part as John Lennon’s killer, Mark Chapman in Chapter 27.
5. Natalie Portman
Hardly obese to begin with, Natalie Portman lot a total of 20 lbs for her role in the Oscar winning film Black Swan.
6. Matthew McConaughy
Another actor who lost weight to play the part of an AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club.
Matthew McConaughy is reputed to have lost close to a massive 50 lbs in his OSCAR winning portrayal of Woodruff in the film’s leading role.
7. Renee Zellweger
After putting on a pile of weight to star in Bridget Jones’ Diary, the only option that Renee Zellweger had was to lose it to et back to her fighting weight.
The result was a drop in several dress sizes in only a few weeks.
8. Chris Hemsworth
Playing a seafarer who is shipwrecked in the film In the Heart of the Sea, an adaptation of the classic film, Moby Dick, Chris Hemsworth, who stars in the role of Owen Chase, hd to lose much of his muscle bulk that he developed whilst playing Thor. He went on a strict calorie controlled diet to achieve it.
9. Jake Gyllenhaal
In order to play a disturbed, journalist, Jake Gyllenhaal devised his own diet. He just stopped eating!
To supplement the lack of calorie intake h would frequently run to the film set from his home, a journey of around fifteen miles.
10. Lily James
Rounding up the ten great dieters is Lily James. She had to lose weight to fit into a corset for hr role in Cinderella.
A shadow of her former self when starring in Downton Abby, Lily adopted a liquid diet to lose the required weight.
She says she only did it to feel comfortable on the set in the tight corset she was required to wear.