The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

The most committed movie stars have no problem drastically changing their bodies for film roles. Oscar winners like Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, and Natalie Portman are among those stars who have made severe body transformations, including weight loss as well as weight and muscle gain, when parts have called for it. This photo gallery contains pictures of each actors’ extreme body transformation as the character appeared in each movie role. Sometimes an actor goes above and beyond the call of duty for a roll, sometimes at the expense of his own health. Physically transforming EVERY aspect of themselves for the character. Sometimes it takes more than a wig or makeup to really believe that the actor is someone else altogether. Sometimes it means gaining 60 pounds of muscle, or losing 40 when he didn’t really have that much weight to spare.

 

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

J.K. Simmons – Justice League (2017)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles
The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Chris Hemsworth – In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

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Lost 15 pounds of muscle after a strict 500 calorie/day diet for 4 weeks
The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Jake Gyllenhaal – Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Gained 35 lbs of muscle

Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler (2014)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost over 20 lbs

Jake Gyllenhall – Southpaw (2015)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Gained 28 lbs of muscle

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Christian Bale – The Machinist (2004)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost 62 lbs

Christian Bale – Batman Begins (2005)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

GAINED 99 lbs (mostly muscle)

Christian Bale – American Hustle (2013)

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GAINED 43 lbs of FAT

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Tom Hardy – Bronson (2008)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Gained 43 lbs of mass

Tom Hardy – Warrior (2011)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Gained 30 lbs LEAN muscle

Tom Hardy – The Dark Knight Rises

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

30+ lbs of mass on top of Warrior physique (about 50-60 lbs mass from normal Physique)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Matt Damon – Courage Under Fire (1996)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost 50 lbs for a few MINUTES of screen time

Matt Damon – The Informant! (2009)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Gained 30 lbs fat

Matt Damon – Invictus (2009)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost Informant weight + gained 15 lbs muscle

Matt Damon – Bourne 5 (2016)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Toned up and gained substantial muscle at 44 years old

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Jared Leto – Chapter 27 (2007)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Gained 67 lbs of fat

Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost 30 lbs from healthy weight

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Natalie Portman – Black Swan (2010)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost 20 lbs from healthy Weight

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost 38 lbs

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost 15 lbs and added a dozen real piercings

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

50 Cent – All Things Fall Apart (2011)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost 60 lbs

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Charlize Theron – Monster (2003)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Gained 30 lbs

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Robert De Niro – Raging Bull (1980)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Gained 60 lbs of fat

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Russell Crowe – Body of Lies (2008)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Gained 63 lbs of FAT 

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables (2012)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost 15 lbs by dehydrating his body

Hugh Jackman – The Wolverine (2013)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Gained 25 lbs of muscle

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Tom Hanks – Castaway (2000)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost 55 lbs

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Jonah Hill – 21 Jump Street (2012)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost more than 45 lbs

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Adrien Brody – The Pianist (2002)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost 31 lbs

Adrien Brody – Predators (2010)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Gained 25 lbs of muscle

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Charlie Sheen – Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Gained 30 lbs of muscle

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Hilary Swank – Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

The Most Extreme Body Transformations Done for Movie Roles

Lost 20 lbs