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Actors Who Made Major Body Transformations for Roles

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Jared Leto

Well-known for his method approach, Jared Leto took the role of transgender AIDS activist Rayon to heart.

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Jared Leto
> Movie / TV series: Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Not only did he shed over 25 pounds for the portrayal, but he stayed in character both on set and out in the real world. He later claimed, “To get a little judgment, some meanness, a little condemnation was a useful thing for the part.”

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Tom Hardy

Tom Hardy is another actor who famously transforms himself from one role to the next.

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Tom Hardy
> Movie / TV series: Bronson (2008)

For this gripping prison drama, he gained approximately 40 pounds in just five weeks. He also spent time visiting prisons and meeting with his character’s real-life counterpart.

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Demi Moore

Like the character she plays, Demi Moore shaved her head and underwent serious training for the military drama “G.I. Jane.”

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Demi Moore
> Movie / TV series: G.I. Jane (1997)

She also teamed up with an actual Navy SEAL instructor during the shoot, who helped her maintain a diligent mindset and dedicated workout routine.

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Charlize Theron

To play real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, Theron gained 30 pounds, plucked her eyebrows, and sported withered prosthetic teeth (among other things).

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Charlize Theron
> Movie / TV series: Monster (2003)

She snagged an Academy Award for the effort and soared to the top of Hollywood’s A-list.

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Chris Hemsworth

In anticipation for the water-based adventure “In The Heart Of The Sea,” Hemsworth unveiled his radical body transformation on Instagram.

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Chris Hemsworth
> Movie / TV series: In The Heart Of The Sea (2015)

The actor’s dirty face, long beard, and lanky frame took numerous fans by surprise. ‘Just tried a new diet/training program called “Lost At Sea,”‘ read the adjoining caption.

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