What do you think about so much fluctuation in weight just for movie roles? Is it worth the potential damage to the actors' metabolism and organs?
Christian Bale reportedly lost 62 lbs. for the 2004 film The Machinist, reducing his weight to 120 lbs.
After filming the Dark Knight franchise, Bale reportedly went from 185 to 228 lbs. for the 2013 film American Hustle.
Birthplace: Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
Credits: The Dark Knight, The Prestige, American Psycho, The Dark Knight Rises
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Robert De Niro lost 35 lbs. to play Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976).
A few years later, director Martin Scorsese shut down production of Raging Bull (1980) for four months so De Niro could pack on 60 lbs. to play an older Jake LaMotta.
Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America
Credits: Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Casino, Meet the Parents
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Jared Leto lost 28 lbs. to play a heroin addict in the 2000 film Requiem for a Dream.
He gained 67 lbs. to play Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon, in Chapter 27 (2007).
For Dallas Buyers Club (2013), he once again dropped weight for a role - this time 30 lbs. to play an AIDS-positive transgender woman.
Birthplace: Bossier City, Louisiana, United States of America
Credits: Requiem for a Dream, Dallas Buyers Club, Mr. Nobody, Artifact
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Vincent D'Onofrio put on 70 lbs. to play Pvt. Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence in Full Metal Jacket (1987), ultimately weighing in at 280 lbs.
The 6'4 actor lost all the extra weight in just 9 months, appearing as the buff garage owner "Thor" (actually "Dawson") in Adventures in Babysitting (1987).
The two movies were released in theaters only one week apart - June 26, 1987, and July 1, 1987, respectively.
Birthplace: New York City, USA, Bensonhurst, New York
Credits: Law & Order: Criminal Intent Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Full Metal Jacket, Men in Black, Jurassic World
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