Hollywood celebrities often need to change their image and even drastically reinvent their physique for certain movie roles to meet the expectations of the public and critics.
Whether they are losing weight to play a perfectionist full-time ballerina or gaining weight for a celebrity killer role, the diets they have gone through are not good for anybody’s health and should not be replicated by anyone without the help of any professional.
Crash diets are not healthy. They weaken your immune system and leave you vulnerable to diseases while rapidly gaining weight, on the other hand, can also lead to health problems in the heart and joints.
Here are 10 celebrities who went through shocking body transformations for movie roles:
The beautiful actress from South Africa successfully gained 30 pounds by eating doughnuts for a prostitute role in the serial killer movie Monster. She eventually lost weight and returned to her original size before the premiere of the film. She went on to win Best Actress for her role in the Golden Globe Awards.
The Black Swan was a thriller movie from 2010 and she had to shed off 20 pounds for her role as a ballerina in the movie. What makes her look drastically thin was she had to lose more weight even when she was already arguably slimline in her normal figure. She went on to win numerous awards for her role in this movie.
Mila Kunis is one of the sexiest women on the planet. But just like Natalie Portman, she played a similar role in the movie Black Swan. She went on to lose more weight to appear as petite and nimble as a ballerina.
The rapper and actor revealed photos of his emaciated-looking self-last May 2010 and people were completely shocked when they saw them. The rapper lost a tremendous amount of weight for his role as a cancer patient in the film All Things Fall Apart. 38 years old then, he lost 54 pounds in the span of just 9 weeks! As soon as the shooting wrapped up, he worked to get his old self by September 10.
Who would forget the startling weight loss Christian Bale worked on for the 2005 film The Machinist. The Batman star was reported to have eaten almost nothing every day but made sure to take his supplements to get his vitamins dosage. He also exercised to achieve a 120-pound frame despite his 6-foot height.
He did it again and slimmed down once more from his normal weight to a 155-pound frame for the role of a professional boxer in the movie The Fighter.
This handsome Hollywood actor changed his appearance radically and lost about 20 pounds in a short span of time for his role in the movie Nightcrawler. His protruding cheekbones were quite evident and he stressed the importance of staying a bit hungry for his role.
Jared Leto is now popularly known as The Joker in the film Suicide Squad. But back in 2007, This trimmed actor had to gain 60 pounds to play the role of John Lennon’s killer. Leto told the New York Daily News that he “gorged and force-fed” himself just to put on the weight for the role. The weight gain even left him with severe gout-like foot pain. It took him almost a year to get his normal self and said that he will never gain weight for a role again.
Renee Zellweger went from a size 4 to a size 14 for the classic and awkward role of Bridget Jones in Bridget Jones’s Diaries. Though many people were shocked by her 20-pound weight gain, it was even more disturbing when Jones easily slimmed down after shooting the movie. She dieted to lose weight and even returned all the way to her healthy size 4 frame.
Okay, so Janet Jackson did not lose weight for a movie but for a music video. But we have to commend her for her efforts to look good for her Love Will Never Do music video shoot. She admitted that back in 2010 she only ate an apple and a small bag of tortilla chips a day. Today, she works out regularly with a trainer and sticks to a healthier pescatarian diet.
Her role in the movie Million Dollar Baby required her to gain 15 pounds so she looked tough enough to be punched. According to her, she normally eats until she is full. But for the movie, she had to eat more even when she knew that she could not eat anymore.