Special Report

Actors Who Made Major Body Transformations for Roles

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Daniel Radcliffe

Based on a true story, this gripping saga depicts Yossi Ghinsberg’s struggle to survive while lost in the Amazon.

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Daniel Radcliffe
> Movie / TV series: Jungle (2017)

To best capture the mental and physical deterioration of his character, Daniel Radcliffe lost 14 pounds over the course of the shoot. He also contended with a number of jungle hazards, including raging rapids and poisonous snakes.

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Ben Kingsley

Ben Kingsley’s most iconic role put him in the life and mind of legendary activist Mahatma Gandhi.

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Ben Kingsley
> Movie / TV series: Gandhi (1982)

Not only did the actor temporarily adopt his character’s vegetarian diet, but he also practiced yoga and meditation. He ultimately lost 20 pounds for the performance.

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Emile Hirsch

Emile Hirsch underwent two separate phases of weight loss for the role of real-life adventurer Christopher McCandless.

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Emile Hirsch
> Movie / TV series: Into the Wild (2007)

After shedding 26 pounds before shooting began, he lost another 15 pounds for the film’s final act.

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Rooney Mara

Following her role as a college student in “The Social Network,” Rooney Mara took on a drastically different appearance for this David Fincher thriller.

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Rooney Mara
> Movie / TV series: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Playing hacker Lisbeth Salander, she donned shorter hair, numerous piercings, and a boatload of (temporary) tattoos.

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Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell did not turn into a lobster for this surrealist dramedy, in which his character must either find love or become a crustacean.

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Colin Farrell
> Movie / TV series: The Lobster (2015)

The actor did, however, gain 45 pounds for the role. To achieve this feat, he consumed up to 4,000 calories a day and avoided all exercise for two months.

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