Occasionally, an actor will take on a role where the character that they play has a body type drastically different to that of their own. Whether this is stick figure skinny, Homer Simpson chunky or Action Man ripped, these performers will have to put in months of hard work to transform their body. Losing or gaining drastic amounts of weight in a short time can be incredibly dangerous, but you have to commend these performers for their commitment and dedication to their craft (particularly when it means that their usual good looks are taking a hit).
12. Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Matthew McConaughey is one of the most respected working actors, and this has been significantly boosted by his brilliant and Academy Award-winning performance in 2013’s biographical drama Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, a cowboy diagnosed with AIDS during the ’80s where little was known about the disease, but he smuggles unapproved drugs into Texas after he finds that they improve his symptoms. McConaughey threw himself into the role and lost 47 pounds, seeing him drop to 136 pounds. He also stayed inside to become paler for the role. Surprisingly, McConaughey achieved this weight loss through eating pudding each day. Now before you get excited, it should be noted that this was just a tiny tapioca pudding each morning with very little else throughout the day. It was a stunning performance, and it certainly helped to establish him as one of the top working actors.