Celebrities Who Lost or Gained the Most Weight for Movie Roles (INFOGRAPHIC)

Movie stars–they’re just like all of us! Except they get paid millions of dollars and sometimes decide to starve themselves for months just so they will look the part. But who among us hasn’t been in that exact situation, am I right, people? People?

In the infographic below,we take a look at the actors and actresses who lost and/or gained the most weight for movie roles. Some stars have gained pounds and pounds of fat in an effort to earn an Oscar. Others have starved themselves to unhealthy levels just to give the best possible performance. From Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis shedding a significant percentage of their body weight for Black Swan to Jared Leto getting super fat for a movie no one ever saw, we’ve search and found the most dramatic transformations.

At the end, we crown the undisputed king of method acting and weight fluctuations.

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31 Responses to Celebrities Who Lost or Gained the Most Weight for Movie Roles (INFOGRAPHIC)

  1. I wonder how much weight Orson Welles gained for Touch of Evil?

  2. I have chapter 27 on DVD, watch it. It’s fantastic

  3. Benicio del Toro gained more than 45lbs to play Dr. Gonzo.

  4. what about tom hardy for charles bronson or bane? now that guy has bulked up for some movie roles.

  5. These actors are very good at what they do and yes their dedication to performing their roles the best they can do not go unnoticed. However, the King of altering weight for movies is none other than Robert Deniro. Watch the 1980 film “Raging Bull” and you will see what I am talking about.

  6. Holliday was dying of tuberculosis, and Dennis Quaid lost the weight to capture the gaunt look of a man near death

  7. Christian Bale in The Machinist!!!!!

  8. How can you not have Vincent D’Onofrio on this list? He gained nearly 70 pounds for his role as Pvt. Leonard ‘Gomer Pyle’ Lawrence and lost it all to film Adventures in Babysitting the next year playing the mechanic Thor.

  9. And let’s not forget Robert De Niro going down to an incredibly lean 4% body fat for his role in ‘Cape Fear’.

  10. @Mendoza:

    “I wonder how much weight Orson Welles gained for Touch of Evil?”

    I thought Welles lost weight for Touch of Evil?

    …and more seriously: another one worth mentioning is Michael Fassbender in Hunger.

  11. Micheal Fassbender had to lose a lot of weight for the film HUNGER

  12. The Machinist says:

    The Machinist!

  13. Vincent D’Onofrio gained 70 pounds for Full Metal Jacket. The most weight ever gained for a role.

  14. Robert Worthington says:

    Yes whoever wrote this list thinks that movies were never made before about 1990.

  15. Lindsey Lohan removed all contraband to play Elizabeth Taylor.

  16. I think Matthew McConaughey who recently lost 40 pounds for his new film Dallas Buyers Club.

  17. 50 Cent lost a ton of weight for his movie all things fall apart

  18. What about Dennis Quaid as Doc Holiday, in Wyatt Earp!

  19. Buck D Addams says:

    Everyone forget Benicio Del Toro in Fear & Loathing…. that’s hella more extreme than half of this list.

  20. After an amazing stint on the hit television show ‘Charles in Charge’, Willie Aames incredibly lost all of his body weight to play a man that lost all his body weight to land a primo movie roll, and as a result, Willie completely disappeared never to be heard from again … scary stuff.

  21. nothing ever will, or even come close to… Oprah.

  22. I’m surprised you haven’t included Eric Bana in Chopper in the list!! of Actors that gained weight for a role awesome

  23. altair_xifre says:

    What about Eddie Murphy? This guy gained and lose a lot of times of each of his roles in “Nutty Proffesor”.

  24. Edward Norton Gained 30 Pounds For Portraying Derek Vineyard In American History X…

  25. Gearbreaker says:

    okay, where are Robert de Niro (Raging Bull) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket)… I thought these guys had records for gaining weitght for a film?

  26. Bale was clearly on the gear. physically not possible to gain that much muscle in months, natural.

  27. Todd Hageman says:

    Sylvester Stallone temporarily gained 40 lbs. for the role of Freddy Heflin in the movie “Copland.”

  28. I heard Shelly Winters put on weight for her role in Poseidon Adventure and she never took the pounds off after that — Bummer

  29. Man, that can’t be healthy for Christian Bale.

    There was this other film called “Body of Lies” in which Russel Crowe gained 63 pounds, and he wasn’t exactly a “star” in the film. Maybe a strong supporting actor with more scenes than most supporting actors, but not a star.