6 Actors Who Underwent Unbelievable Transformations for Movie Roles

Being an actor in Hollywood is not as easy and happy as it seems so. Behind all the glitz and glamour is serious talent and the need to perform and outdo each other. The actors listed here take their craft pretty seriously and have undergone almost unbelievable physical transformations for their roles, so that they look convincing and real.

Christian Bale for 'The Machinist' and 'Batman begins'

Christian Bale for 'The Machinist' and 'Batman begins'

1. Christian Bale for 'The Machinist' and 'Batman begins'

The actor which tops this list is none other than the versatile Mr. Bale who wowed audiences and critics alike with his dedication to role perfection. For the 2004 movie, 'The Machinist,' he lost the most amount of weight that any actor has ever lost for a role, a record 63 pounds. After filming, he weight trained and altered his diet drastically within a short period of 5 months and became a 190 pound beefcake for his role as Bruce Wayne in 'Batman begins.'

Rooney Mara for 'The girl with the dragon tattoo'

Rooney Mara for 'The girl with the dragon tattoo'

2. Rooney Mara for 'The girl with the dragon tattoo'

Physically, Rooney has always been slim but the transformation she went through to look in character of an Internet hacker has more to do with her appearance. In order to look like the Goth punk that she had to portray, the actor bleached her eyebrows blond and pierced them. Not only this, she even agreed to pierce her nipples and nose besides chopping off her long locks for a short, uneven crop.

Charlize Theron for 'Monster'

Charlize Theron for 'Monster'

3. Charlize Theron for 'Monster'

Charlize Theron is known for her beauty and people around the world were taken aback by her look in this film. Besides the wonders of makeup, that helped give her the realistic look of a wronged prostitute turned serial killer, she managed to gain 30 pounds and look her ugly best.

50 Cent for 'All things fall apart'

50 Cent for 'All things fall apart'

4. 50 Cent for 'All things fall apart'

Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent is known for his raps, but very few know of his 2011 movie, 'All things fall apart' wherein to play the role of a cancer stricken footballer to the tee, he reduced drastically from 214 pounds to 160 pounds. Besides shedding 54 pounds, he also got rid of his numerous tattoos because he would get irked to cover them with loads of makeup for every shot.

Gerard Butler for '300'

Gerard Butler for '300'

5. Gerard Butler for '300'

The dreamy body that Gerard Butler sported in war movie '300' as he single-handedly lead his miniature army to fight in Sparta is what women's fantasies are made of. One look at his body and you know he went through rigorous muscle building, toning and training to get those 6 pack abs and ripped avatar.

Demi Moore for 'G.I. Jane'

Demi Moore for 'G.I. Jane'

6. Demi Moore for 'G.I. Jane'

The newly single Moore is known for her svelte to-die-for figure which she readily gave up for turning into a beefcake for her role in this movie. She bulked up like a woman wrestler and shaved her head off to portray her role of the first woman to pass through the tough Navy SEALs training. Building muscles for a woman is no mean task and kudos to Demi for showing so much dedication to her role.

  • Christian Bale for 'The Machinist' and 'Batman begins'
  • Rooney Mara for 'The girl with the dragon tattoo'
  • Charlize Theron for 'Monster'
  • 50 Cent for 'All things fall apart'
  • Gerard Butler for '300'
  • Demi Moore for 'G.I. Jane'

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