Part of the job as an actor is to become the character you’re playing. In the case of most actors, they go to great lengths just to fully embrace the character they’re playing. In order to convincingly play a certain character, actors usually lose weight or change the color of their hairs. But for the actors included on this list, those are just part of the (literal) transformation.
Jared Leto may be best known to DC fans as the Joker, but that’s not the first time Leto embraced his character. For his role as John Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman, Leto gained almost 70 pounds so he could accurately portray his character. It was his role as transgender Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club that gave him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Robert Downey Jr.
Downey Jr. is best known for playing Iron Man in MCU, but before he suited up for the role, he starred in Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder. In the film he plays an Australian and five-time Academy Award winner Kirk Lazarus. In order for RDJ’s character to look believable, his character had a controversial surgery to make his skin that of a black man. Talk about dedication!
Before landing the role of Lisbeth Salander, Mara had a slew of roles in films like The Social Network and A Nightmare on Elm Street. It was her spiked hair, tattoo-filled character that catapulted her to mainstream success.
Everyone’s favorite Batman hasn’t always been buff and muscular. Prior to his portrayal of Bruce Wayne, Bale played a machinist in, well, The Machinist. Bale had to lose 62 pounds because of a typo in the script. A freaking typo! He went on and gained 100 pounds weeks after to play Batman.