Most startling film transformations of all time – from Charlize Theron to Christian Bale

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Actor Mark Wahlberg has made headlines with pictures revealing his dramatic 30lbs weight acquire as he begins remodeling his physique for his newest function as a former boxer-turned-priest within the upcoming movie Father Stu. 

However severe yo-yo weight-reduction plan is an everyday apply in Hollywood, the place excessive transformations can result in vital acclaim.

Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are only a few to be awarded Oscars for roles that required drastic weight loss – or appreciable acquire.

It has been nearly a cliche method to garner acclaim ever since Robert Deniro gained a then-record 60lbs to play over the hill boxer Jake LaMotta in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 masterpiece, ‘Raging Bull.’

New look: Wahlberg confirmed off his dramatic physique transformation, after making an attempt to ‘placed on as a lot weight as potential’ for his function as a boxer-turned-priest within the upcoming movie Father Stu 

Within the a long time since everybody from Hilary Swank to Jake Gyllenhaal has shed fats for boxing movies, whereas Jared Leto and Renee Zellweger have added further padding to their naturally svelte body when the function requires.  

Some, like Christian Bale, have tried whole physique transformations greater than as soon as. 

Nonetheless it isn’t at all times as simple as simply gaining and shedding a number of kilos – stars have reported severe well being penalties together with fainting spells, despair and even gout. 

Right here, FEMAIL shares among the most dramatic on-screen weight transformations… 

CHRISTIAN BALE

LOST 60lbs FOR THE MACHINIST (2004) 

Bale in 2000 film Equilibrium

Master of transformation: Christian Bale has shed and gained hundreds of pounds over the years for the sake of his art. None was more dramatic than the skeletal frame he debuted in 2004 psychological thriller, The Machinist

Grasp of transformation: Christian Bale has shed and gained a whole bunch of kilos over time for the sake of his artwork. None was extra dramatic than the skeletal body he debuted in 2004 psychological thriller, The Machinist (proper). Left, Bale in 2000 movie Equilibrium

Building muscle: Just six months after The Machinist, Bale appeared in Batman Begins and had to get his weight back up to 180lbs. Pictured, on the set of the superhero film

Constructing muscle: Simply six months after The Machinist, Bale appeared in Batman Begins and needed to get his weight again as much as 180lbs. Pictured, on the set of the superhero movie

Bale lost 30lbs for his performance as Dicky Eklund, a boxer-turned-trainer, for which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar

For all-star American Hustle, Bale gained 43lbs. The role earned him his second Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actor

The Fighter: Bale misplaced 30lbs for his efficiency as Dicky Eklund, a boxer-turned-trainer, for which he received a Greatest Supporting Actor Oscar (left). Proper, for all-star American Hustle, Bale gained 43lbs. The function earned him his second Oscar nomination, this time for Greatest Actor

Disappearing into the role: After losing the weight from American Hustle, Bale once again gained 40lbs to play Dick Cheney in Vice. He was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar

Disappearing into the function: After shedding the burden from American Hustle, Bale as soon as once more gained 40lbs to play Dick Cheney in Vice. He was nominated for a Greatest Actor Oscar

Arguably the grasp of bodily transformations, Bale has shed and gained a whole bunch of kilos over time for the sake of his artwork.  

Christian Bale: Grasp of weight reduction… and acquire

In addition to The Machinist, Bale has undergone dramatic transformations for movies together with: 

AMERICAN PSYCHO, 2000: Though Bale has not revealed how a lot he misplaced for the function of Patrick Bateman, he revealed figuring out ‘took over his life’ as he shed fats and gained muscle. 

BATMAN BEGINS, 2005: Simply six months after The Machinist, Bale appeared in Batman Begins and needed to get his weight again as much as 180lbs.

THE FIGHTER, 2010: Bale misplaced 30lbs for his efficiency as Dicky Eklund, a boxer-turned-trainer, for which he received a Greatest Supporting Actor Oscar.

AMERICAN HUSTLE, 2013: For all-star American Hustle, Bale gained 43lbs. The function earned him his second Oscar nomination, this time for Greatest Actor.

VICE, 2018: After shedding the burden from American Hustle, Bale as soon as once more gained 40lbs to play Dick Cheney in Vice. He was nominated for a Greatest Actor Oscar. 

However maybe none was extra dramatic than the skeletal body he debuted in 2004 psychological thriller, The Machinist. 

The 6ft actor shocked audiences when he appeared a gaunt 60lbs lighter – however the radical transformation wasn’t initially within the script.

In a 2014 interview, co-star Michael Ironside, stated the burden loss was the results of a easy typo. 

‘The author is barely about five-foot-six, and he put his personal weights in,’ Ironside stated. 

‘After which Chris did the movie and Chris stated, “No, don’t change the weights. I need to see if I make them.” … 

‘So these weights he writes on the toilet wall within the movie are his precise weights within the movie.’ 

He reportedly exercised whereas surviving on simply 260 energy at the moment, consisting of a tin of tuna and an apple, washed down with black espresso and water.  

After his weight plummeted to a stunning 121lbs, the actor swiftly bulked up once more in simply six weeks to play the Caped Crusader in Batman Begins by gorging on pizza and ice cream.

He stated: ‘I overdid it as a result of I used to be having fun with gorging. I used to be ignoring recommendation about taking it slowly as a result of my abdomen had shrunk, and I ought to simply go along with soups.

‘I used to be straight into pizza and ice-cream and consuming 5 meals in a sitting. My abdomen expanded actually shortly. I bought very sick throughout that point however I loved getting sick. I did not thoughts it in any respect.

‘In that quick period of time I did really go from 121 lbs proper again as much as 180 lbs which is manner too quick in order that resulted in some physician visits to get issues sorted out.’ 

CHARLIZE THERON

GAINED 30lbs FOR MONSTER (2003) AND 50lbs FOR TULLY (2018) 

The actress before filming

Mental health battle: Charlize Theron said she went into depression after putting on some 50lbs to play a mother on the brink in Tully

Psychological well being battle: Charlize Theron stated she struggled with despair after placing on some 50lbs to play a mom on the brink in Tully (proper). Left, the actress earlier than filming

Theron before filming

Charlize Theron won an Oscar for 2003 film Monster, directed by Patti Jenkins, in which she played real-life serial killer Aileen Wuronos (right on screen). The role required Theron, then in her 20s, to gain some 30lbs

Important acclaim: Charlize Theron received an Oscar for 2003 movie Monster, directed by Patti Jenkins, through which she performed real-life serial killer Aileen Wuronos (proper on display screen). The function required Theron, then in her 20s, to achieve some 30lbs. Left, Theron earlier than filming

South African-born actress Charlize Theron is a professional in relation to dramatic movie transformations – and the stress she places her physique underneath has definitely paid off. 

She received an Oscar for 2003 movie Monster, directed by Patti Jenkins, through which she performed real-life serial killer Aileen Wuronos. The function required Theron, then in her 20s, to achieve some 30lbs. 

Theron stated on the time she relied on a food plan of ‘donuts and potato chips’ to pile on the burden for the function, which was met with reward from critics and audiences alike.

The fatty, sugary food plan additionally affected the star’s pores and skin and her normally radiant complexion seemed markedly extra pallid and blotchy on display screen. 

The actress pulled off the same feat for 2018’s Tully, which noticed her acquire some 50lbs to play a mom on the point of a psychological breakdown. 

However whereas it had been simple to achieve and drop some weight for Monster, Theron struggled  with the Tully transformation and spoke of falling right into a despair on account of the unhealthy food plan. 

‘It was brutal in each sense,’ she defined on the time. ‘This time round, I actually felt it in my well being. The sugar put me in a large despair. 

‘I used to be sick. I could not lose the burden. I known as my physician and I stated, “I believe I am dying!” And he is like, “No, you are 41. Settle down”.’   

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY

LOST 50lbs FOR DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (2013)

Months earlier in Magic Mike

Oscar glory: Another actor who found Oscar success with a dramatic weight loss role is Matthew McConaughey, who took home the Best Actor award after losing some 40lbs to play Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club

Oscar glory: One other actor who discovered Oscar success with a dramatic weight reduction function is Matthew McConaughey, who took residence the Greatest Actor award after shedding some 40lbs to play Ron Woodroof in Dallas Patrons Membership (proper). Left, months earlier in Magic Mike

One other actor who discovered Oscar success with a dramatic weight reduction function is Matthew McConaughey, who took residence the Greatest Actor award after shedding some 40lbs to play Ron Woodroof in Dallas Patrons Membership. 

The 6ft actor relied on a meal plan of Food regimen Coke, egg whites and a chunk of hen a day to slim down, finally reaching simply 143lbs. 

‘I met with a nutritionist. I gave myself 4 months to lose the burden. I had my programmed meals, misplaced 3.5lb per week – like clockwork – and bought all the way down to my desired weight,’ he stated on the time.

He insisted that shedding weight was ‘truthfully not that troublesome’ however studying to re-progamme his life was the hardest problem.

He stated: ‘It’s important to reprogramme your whole habits, and the times get so lengthy. You suppose it have to be lunchtime already, and it’s solely 9.30 within the morning.

‘I saved a diary of my diet the entire manner by way of, and it’s one thing I’ll in all probability share sooner or later as a result of it was fairly the journey.’

And because the weight dropped from his muscular 183lbs to a scrawny 143lbs, so, too, did his energy.

‘I might do 5 push-ups and be sore. I might run 30 toes and my legs would lock up.’

CHRIS PRATT

LOST 60lbs FOR GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)

After gaining weight for hit TV show Parks and Recreation, Chris Pratt weighed almost 300lbs when he auditioned for the role of Star-Lord/Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy. Pictured, in 2009

He then lost 60lbs in six months before filming started

Weight acquire… and loss: After gaining weight for hit TV present Parks and Recreation, Chris Pratt weighed nearly 300lbs when he auditioned for the function of Star-Lord/Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy. He then misplaced 60lbs in six months earlier than filming began (proper). Left, in 2009

After gaining weight for hit TV present Parks and Recreation, Chris Pratt weighed nearly 300lbs when he auditioned for the function of Star-Lord/Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy. 

After profitable over the director within the audition, he set about shedding 60lbs in six months earlier than filming started. 

Marvel enlisted the assistance of private coach Duffy Gaver and nutritionist Phil Goglia. 

‘He wished to do justice to the function,’ Gaver – whose shoppers embody Chris Hemsworth, Brad Pitt, and Ashton Kutcher – stated in an interview on the time.

‘He wished extra muscle, to be a lot leaner, and to be more healthy…Chris’ athleticism is superb, he’s extremely disciplined and his work ethic is phenomenal.’

The actor stated it was ‘three or 4 hours a day of simply constant, a**-kicking work’.  

Goglia revamped Pratt’s food plan, climbing his caloric consumption to 4,000 energy a day and including heaps and many water—one for each pound he weighed. ‘I used to be peeing all day lengthy, every single day. That half was a nightmare,’ Pratt stated. 

RENÉE ZELLWEGER 

GAINED 30lbs FOR BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY (2001), LOST IT FOR CHICAGO (2003) … THEN PUT IT ON AGAIN FOR BRIDGET JONES: THE EDGE OF REASON (2004)

Back-to-back films: Diminutive Renée Zellweger famously gained 30lbs in just a few months to play Bridget Jones in the original 2001 film - which earned her an Oscar nomination - going from a size 4 to size 14

Two years later she was back to her petite self in Chicago

Again-to-back movies: Diminutive Renée Zellweger famously gained 30lbs in only a few months to play Bridget Jones within the authentic 2001 movie (left) – which earned her an Oscar nomination – going from a measurement Four to measurement 14. Two years later she was again to her petite self in Chicago (proper)

Diminutive Renée Zellweger famously gained 30lbs in only a few months to play Bridget Jones within the authentic 2001 movie – which earned her an Oscar nomination – going from a measurement Four to measurement 14.  

After filming ended, Zellweger lower her 4,000-calorie-a-day food plan and returned to her naturally petite body. 

‘For Bridget, I sat round and ate a whole lot of milky, excessive fats issues,’ she stated. ‘And after filming was over, I simply stopped and went again to the health club.’ 

In 2002, Renée added dance coaching to her routine as she starred as Roxy Hart in film musical Chicago, for which she additionally acquired a nomination. 

Simply months after filming wrapped, Zellweger as soon as once more placed on weight to reprise her function within the sequel Bridget Jones: The Fringe of Cause. 

Whereas the character was not fairly as curvaceous as the primary time spherical, it nonetheless marked a dramatic change for Zellweger. 

JAKE GYLLENHAAL

GAINED 15lbs FOR SOUTHPAW (2015)

Jake Gyllenhaal had just come off the back of losing 30lbs to play a svelte crime reporter in Nightcrawler (pictured) when he had to set about gaining muscle mass for 2015 boxing film Southpaw

First the actor brought himself back up to his normal weight before adding an additional 15lbs of pure muscle. Pictured, on screen

Bulking up: Jake Gyllenhaal had simply come off the again of shedding 30lbs to play against the law reporter in Nightcrawler (left) when he needed to set about gaining muscle mass for Southpaw (proper). First he went again as much as his regular weight earlier than including a further 15lbs of pure muscle

Jake Gyllenhaal had simply come off the again of shedding 30lbs to play a svelte crime reporter in Nightcrawler when he needed to set about gaining muscle mass for 2015 boxing movie Southpaw.  

First the actor introduced himself again as much as his regular weight earlier than including a further 15lbs of pure muscle. 

‘We actually turned him right into a beast,’ director Antoine Fugua stated. ‘Jake, my god, he’s a really electrical, highly effective fighter on this film. He’s so dedicated and provides his coronary heart. The phrase is sacrifice.’

He was educated by former skilled boxer Terry Claybon who led Gyllenhaal in exercises for six hours a day for the six months earlier than filming began.  

The regime concerned 2,000 sit-ups a day and three hours of boxing within the morning and three hours of strengthening, conditioning, and cardio at night time’. 

JARED LETO  

GAINED 67lbs FOR CHAPTER 27

Unrecognisable: Jared Leto gained 60lbs to play Mark David Chapman - the fan who assassinated John Lennon - in Chapter 27 in 2007. Pictured, before filming

Leto on set of the film

Unrecognisable: Jared Leto gained 60lbs to play Mark David Chapman – the fan who assassinated John Lennon – in Chapter 27 in 2007 (proper). Left, months earlier than filming

Leto also lost 25lbs in 2000 to play a drug addict in Requiem for a Dream

Leto additionally misplaced 25lbs in 2000 to play a drug addict in Requiem for a Dream

While filming for his Oscar-winning role in The Dallas Buyers Club - in which he played a transgender AIDS suffer - he all but stopped eating to lose 40lbs (pictured)

Whereas filming for his Oscar-winning function in The Dallas Patrons Membership – through which he performed a transgender AIDS endure – he all however stopped consuming to lose 40lbs (pictured)

Jared is not any stranger to shedding weight for a job. 

Whereas filming for his Oscar-winning function in The Dallas Patrons Membership – through which he performed a transgender AIDS endure – he all however stopped consuming to lose 40lbs.

He additionally misplaced 25lbs in 2000 to play a drug addict in Requiem for a Dream after which gained 60lbs to play Mark David Chapman – the deranged fan who assassinated John Lennon – in Chapter 27 in 2007, making it his most dramatic transformation thus far.

By the top of filming, the additional weight had taken such a toll that he may now not stroll to the set and it left him with gout. 

‘I am unsure it was the wisest selection,’ he admits. ‘A pal of mine was just lately going to achieve weight for a movie, and I did my greatest to speak him out of it. Simply because you may lose the burden doesn’t suggest the impression it had on you is not there anymore.’ 

He has since vowed by no means to pile on the kilos for a film once more, as he does not need to put his well being in jeopardy. 

HILARY SWANK

GAINED 19lbs FOR MILLION DOLLAR BABY (2004)

Yet another star who won an Oscar for their makeover role is Hilary Swank, who took home the Best Actress gong for 2004 film Million Dollar Baby. Pictured in 2002, months before filming started

The Hollywood actress in the film

Knockout: Yet one more star who received an Oscar for his or her makeover function is Hilary Swank, who took residence the Greatest Actress gong for 2004 movie Million Greenback Child. Producers wished Swank to achieve 10lbs of muscle however she was in a position to acquire 19lbs on a rigorous three-month programme

Yet one more star who received an Oscar for his or her makeover function is Hilary Swank, who took residence the Greatest Actress gong for 2004 movie Million Greenback Child. 

To painting a boxer, Swank not solely needed to learn to field however undertook a rigorous coaching programme to form her physique into that of a devoted athlete who had years of coaching underneath her belt. 

The actress was simply given 90 days earlier than filming began, that means she needed to pack in as a lot as she may.

‘My coaching was two and a half hours of boxing and roughly an hour and a half to 2 hours lifting weights every single day, six days per week,’ Swank stated on the time. 

‘The producers requested me to achieve 10 kilos of muscle. I gained 19 kilos of muscle. I began at 110 and went to 129. And with a view to do this, I needed to eat 210 grams of protein a day.’

ANNE HATHAWAY

LOST 25lbs FOR LES MISERABLES

Anne Hathaway in 2006

The Hollywood star shed 25lb for her role as Fantine in the film musical Les Miserables – 10lb in three weeks before filming and 15lb during production.

‘Hunger’: The Hollywood star shed 25lb for her function as Fantine within the movie musical Les Miserables (proper) – 10lb in three weeks earlier than filming and 15lb throughout manufacturing. She stated she wished to appear like she was ‘close to demise’ within the movie. Pictured left, on the crimson carpet in 2006

When she was forged as a ravenous prostitute, Anne Hathaway selected a drastic method to drop some weight – a food plan that may solely be described as depressing.

The Hollywood star shed 25lb for her function as Fantine within the movie musical Les Miserables – 10lb in three weeks earlier than filming and 15lb throughout manufacturing. 

‘I simply needed to cease consuming for a complete of 13 days capturing,’ she stated in an interview. 

‘I used to be on a hunger food plan to appear like I used to be close to demise in a movie… however I went at it with a plan and I had a information, a nutritionist form of helped me with it.’ 

It was later reported she had survived largely on lettuce leaves. 

The hassle and discomfort was price it in the long run – Anne Hathaway took residence the Greatest Supporting Actress Academy Award for the function.   

The one which began all of it: Robert De Niro in Raging Bull (1980)

Before there was Christian Bale, Robert De Niro was the king of transformational method acting - as exemplified in 1980's Raging Bull. The actor gained 60lbs during the course of filming, taking his physique from ripped (left) to overweight (right)

Earlier than there was Christian Bale, Robert De Niro was the king of transformational methodology appearing – as exemplified in 1980’s Raging Bull. The actor gained 60lbs throughout the course of filming, taking his physique from ripped (left) to obese (proper)

Earlier than there was Christian Bale, Robert De Niro was the king of transformational methodology appearing – as exemplified in 1980’s Raging Bull. 

De Niro performs Italian-American middleweight boxer Jake LaMotta, whose self-destructive conduct is chronicled over the course of a number of a long time.

De Niro took it upon himself to embody all of his character’s iterations.

For almost all of the movie he portrayed a lean, dynamic boxer. Within the remaining scenes, his character has fallen out of practice. 

The change in physique kind required De Niro to placed on a staggering 60lbs, which was then the document for probably the most by any actor for a movie function. 

Setting a development that continues a long time later, De Niro received an Academy Award for his efficiency.

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