It’s fun to watch those movies where actors are so deep in character, you think that they would be the same person as their character if you were to meet them in real life. The way they prepare for roles is science fiction to us, but since we’ve seen the results, a slow clap is definitely in order.
But the stuff actors go through to stay that much in character is pretty insane.
It’s safe to say that these 15 roles did quite a bit of damage to these actors.
1. Natalie Portman’s role as a ballerina in Black Swan wasn’t easy. She had intense rehearsals all day, she lost a ton of weight and even dislocated a rib on set.
But the pain was worth it, because she actually managed to secure an Oscar!
2. In the opening scene of Scream with Drew Barrymore, the tears she was shedding were actually real.
Director Wes Craven had a secret story that he would tell her that would make her cry.
3. Cuba Gooding Jr. transformed himself to take up the role of OJ Simpson, especially through altering his voice.
Altering his voice all throughout filming made him think that he had seriously damaged his vocal chords. The doctor said that nothing seemed to be wrong so he thinks it might even be in his head.
“It took me a month to get out of the mindset of O.J.” he explains. “It’s funny what we have to do as actors to understand something. Our body goes along with it. Once you put yourself in it, your body believes it.”
4. Christian Bale in The Machinist and Batman Begins is the definition of a physical transformation!
He dropped 60 pounds for his role in The Machinist but gained the weight back (through muscle) for his role as Batman in Batman Begins. His stomach had shrunken from the weight loss and he got sick.
That can’t be good for the body or the mind to lose and gain that much weight in such a short amount of time.
5. Leo DiCaprio went through hell while filming for The Revenant.
He slept in dead animal caracases, jumped in freezing rivers, and ate raw bison liver, even though he was vegetarian.
It was worth it because he also won the Oscar!
“If a cat has nine lives, I think I’ve used a few.” he said.
6. Linda Blair was damaged by all the questions she received shortly after The Exorcist was released.
She says it wasn’t the portrayal of the possessed child that damaged her, but rather all the questions about faith, possession, and religion that she received and couldn’t handle.
She said: “To me The Exorcist was a work of fiction; I didn’t realize then that it dealt with anything in reality, and so when the press kept asking me about all the devil stuff, it just kept adding to the pressure I was under, and it was just an awful thing to go through as a teenager.”
7. During the brainwashing scene in A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell suffered temporary blindness and a scratched cornea.
It’s probably one of the most memorable and difficult roles in movie history.
8. Jamie Foxx’s performance as the titular jazz legend in Ray was so good that he also managed to secure an Oscar.
Unfortuantely, due to having to wear prosthetic eyelids to make him “blind”, he would suffer from panic attacks during filming.
9. Kyle Richards’ role as Lindsey Wallace in Halloween was so traumatizing, she had to sleep with her mom until she turned 15.
10. Anne Hathaway’s role as Fantine in Les Miserables certainly broke our hearts. She had to go on such an extreme diet, that it got to the point where she admitted to feeling physically and emotionally deprived.
“It took me weeks till I felt like myself again.” she said.
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11. On the set of The Conjuring 2, Patrick Wilson was scared when a curtain that nobody was behind started shaking. There were no fans on set either, which led him to believe that his own house might be haunted.
12. Ashton Kutcher actually ended up in hospital after going on a diet for the role of Steve Jobs in Jobs.
13. On the set of Rosemary’s Baby, the director asked Mia Farrow to eat raw liver, even though she was a vegetarian.
To make things worse, she had no idea that she would have to do that several times for several takes.
14. Charlize Theron injured herself during a stunt on the set of Aeon Flux.
“That injury scared me I was almost paralyzed.”
15. Jim Caviezel got struck by lightning and suffered from both pneumonia and hypothermia while filming The Passion of Christ.
Which one of these roles actually got to you? And how far would you be prepared to go to make it work?