5 Actors Who Achieved Extreme Body Transformations

Some actors leave us awestruck with their performances. An impression that lasts a lifetime, they are the masters of their art. And while some actors are more suited to some very specific roles, others do the unthinkable and do such wonders that one might not recognize them on first look. We’ve compiled a list of great actors who went that extra mile to better suit the role. Read on.

Christian Bale

The producers of the film claim that Christian Bale dropped from about 173 pounds (78,4kg) in weight down to about 110 pounds (49,8kg) in weight to make this film.


They also claim that Bale actually wanted to drop down to 100 pounds, but that they would not let him go below 120 out of fear that his health could be in too much danger if he did. His diet consisted of one can of tuna and an apple per day. His 63-pound (28,5kg) weight loss is said to be a record for any actor for a movie role.

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And then, he regained the weight in time for his role in Batman Begins (2005). Respect!


Eric Bana

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Bana admitted to eating junk food for four weeks to put on the extra weight needed to play Chopper. He gained 30 pounds(13,6kg) for the role in Chopper (2000).


50 Cent

The 34-year-old actor plays a football player diagnosed with cancerin Things Fall Apart (2011).


50 Cent dropped from 214 pounds (97kg) to an astonishing 160 (72,5kg) with a liquid diet and three-hour-a-day treadmill walks for nine weeks. “Wow! I was starving,” he admitted.


Russell Crowe


Gained 63 pounds (28,5kg) for his role in Body of Lies (2008).


Matt Damon

To prepare for the role of the overweight character Mark Whitacre, Matt Damon gained over 30 pounds (13,6kg) prior to filming for The Informant! (2009).


He did this by eating lots of hamburgers, pizza, and dark beer, which he described in an interview as being “really, really, really fun”. He dieted the weight off as soon as the shoot was complete.


Matt Damon lost 40 pounds (18,1kg) for his role in the movie Courage Under Fire (1996).

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Damon also lost 30 pounds (13,6kg) for his role in the movie The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)!

Do tell us who’s your favorite among these actors.



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