Actors & actresses whose weight has yo-yoed over the years for their work
Whether we choose to sit at home and watch Netflix, or we chose to venture outside and go to the cinema, we’re regularly watching movies with actors and actresses that we’ve watched a dozen times. In some we may see them petite, whilst in others they may have gained a noticeable amount of weight whether fat or muscle. We comment on it for a brief second and then we move on to watching the film – what we don’t think about is what they’re doing to their body for the role, and also to bring us the entertainment that we crave.
Here’s a good example of actors and actresses who have adapted their weight over the years in order to land the roles…
Jonah Hill is a great example of this. We’d done quite a bit of small-role acting before bursting onto our screens at the main character in Superbad (what a film!). We all got to know him as the chubby funny one, and he was fine with that at the time. However in 2011 he came out sporting a much healthier looking physique, dropping from 250lbs to 210lbs – at the time he spoke in many interviews about wanting to lose weight for the sake of maturity, and also for his family’s sake who didn’t want to see him become ill due to his weight.
Look him up on the internet now though and he’s piled that 40lbs back on, and some more. He’s currently filming ‘Arms and the Dudes’, so we can only assume his weight gain is down to this role, but we hope that he’ll look to lose some of it soon as he’s not at a healthy weight right now.
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Many of us hadn’t heard of Renee until Bridget Jones – a strong, curvy, loud, opinionated woman who had her fair share of life’s ups and downs. But what many of us didn’t realise is that Renee had to gain 20lbs for the role, which saw her eating up to 4,000 calories per day in order to gain the required amount of weight. As soon as filming would come to an end Renee got herself straight on a diet in order to lose the weight she’d gained, including working out for between two to six hours per day, doing weight training and going running.
Currently working on the third instalment, Renee has been quoted as saying;
“Can I just tell you my body is whacked by the time we finished one of those.”
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Christian Bale is THE perfect example of someone who puts his body through the most extreme weight changes for roles. When he landed the role in The Machinist, the writer, being just five foot six compared to Bale’s six foot, input his own weights into the script. When the mistake was noticed and amends were about to made to the script, Bale told them not to amend them for him, he wanted to take on the challenge and see if he could push his body and drop a whopping 60lbs. For those who haven’t seen the film – he did. But just months after filming ended, filming began for Batman Begins began. He needed to gain those 60lbs back, which he did – and more – taking his then tiny frame from 120lbs to 220lbs, where the director then told him he’d overdone it with the muscle and would have to lose 20lbs.
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Anne Hathaway’s always had a nice petite shape to her, but when she landed the role of a starving prostitute in Les Miserables even she had to lose weight. Initially losing 10lbs before filming started, she then had to go on to lose another 15lbs during filming in order to show the distress that her character was going through. She didn’t have the weight to lose in the first place, so it’s no surprise that whilst she was starving herself for the role (her words, not ours) and fell of her bike, she broke a bone. There was just nothing there to protect her and we don’t imagine two weeks without food leaves you with much energy.
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Needing to bulk up for Wolverwine, Hugh Jackman took advice from The Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson) and undertook a strict regime of devouring a whopping 6,000 calories per day, alongside working out, for a period of six months. By the end of the six months he’d gained 25lbs of pure muscle and was in prime shape for the role.
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You know on TV when they say “Don’t try this at home”? Seriously, don’t try this at home. These actors and actresses have full support and guidance during these dramatic changes and it can, and likely will, effect their health in the long run. They do it for their job and they are extremely financially compensated for it. You won’t be.