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10 of the Best Celebrity Transformations for a Movie Role
Proof that it's not easy being an actor.
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It's no secret that Hollywood actors' transformations for their movie roles can get really intense sometimes. They lose and gain weight for the roles, and even live lives similar to the characters they're set to play. Below, we've rounded up 10 of the actors' transformations for movie roles that made us say, "Wow, that's intense!"

  1. Charlize Theron for 2003's Monster 

For the crime drama movie based on the famous serial killer Aileen Wuornos, Charlize gained 30 lbs. for the role. But not only that, she also shaved off her eyebrows and wore prosthetic teeth.

  1. Natalie Portman for 2010's Black Swan 

To play the role of a ballerina, Natalie lost 20 lbs.

  1. Christian Bale for 2010's The Fighter 

Christian Bale is known for undergoing intense transformations for his movie role. This isn't his first. For 2004's The Machinist, the actor also lost 62 lbs. to be in the film. For The Fighter, Christian Bale lost a serious amount of weight to play the role of a drug addict and former boxer.

  1. Rooney Mara for 2011's The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo 

To play David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel, Rooney lost a lot of weight, shaved her head and eyebrows, and got body piercings.

  1. Anne Hathaway for 2013's Les Miserables 

To play the prostitute dying of tuberculosis in Les Miserables, Anne lost 25 pounds by eating two small squares of dried oatmeal paste every day. 

  1. Jared Leto for 2013's Dallas Buyers Club 

Academy Award winner Jared Leto is also known for undergoing intense transformations for his movie roles. In Dallas Buyers Club, the actor cut his hair and lost more than 30 pounds to play a transgender with HIV.

  1. Chris Pratt for 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy 

In six months, Chris Pratt got ripped and lost 60 lbs. to play Star Lord in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. He revealed later on that he ditched beer and revamped his diet to prepare for this role.

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  1. Jake Gyllenhaal for 2014's Nightcrawler 

To prepare for his role as a crime reporter in Nightcrawler, Jake revealed that he starved himself and then ran 15 miles at night. He also said that he went on to live like the character, buying vintage clothes, living a nocturnal lifestyle, and even hitched with paparazzi on duty.

  1. Chris Hemsworth for 2015's In the Heart of the Sea

Fans of the Thor star were shocked when a photo of Chris totally transformed for In the Heart of the Sea came out. For the movie, the actor lost 33 lbs. in four weeks, which he admitted was totally nuts.

  1. Meryl Streep in 2011's The Iron Lady 

Meryl Streep's transformation to play the role of Margaret Thatcher was done through prosthetics. But her fans loved how similar she was to the real Maggie with her actions and the way she speaks.

Which celebrity transformation is your absolute fave? Tell us in the comments or via Twitter @candymagdotcom. We always love hearing from you. :)

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I am Candymag.com's resident fangirl and ~*feelings*~ girl. When I'm not busy researching about what to write next on the website, I sleep, read books, and re-watch episodes of Friends.
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