12 Actors Who Refused To Change Their Appearance For A Film Role

We always hear about method actors like Robert De Niro and Christian Bale making major body transformations for a movie. But what about the actors who wouldn't change their bodies for roles?

De Niro in Raging Bull and Bale in The Fighter both scored Oscar gold for losing what appeared to be an unhealthy amount of weight in order to play their real-life counterparts. However, when actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst were asked to drop pounds for a movie, both refused. 

Find out which actor refused to shave his head to play a bald baddie. Which Bond actor declined to dye his hair?

Were there consequences, or in the end, it just didn't matter?

  • Jennifer Lawrence Would Never Starve Herself For A Movie Role  
    Photo: The Hunger Games / Lionsgate

    It would have made perfect sense for Jennifer Lawrence to pull a method actor move and drop pounds for the role of the famished Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. However, despite the starlet being just 22 years old and not yet a household name, the actress refused to change her body type for the lead part. 

    In 2012, Lawrence revealed in an interview with Elle, "I'm never going to starve myself for a part."

    Her sentiment goes against the grain of Hollywood's unhealthy obsession with rail-thin leading ladies. The character of Katniss is a heroine adapted from a young adult novel with a target market consisting largely of teenage girls.

    That meant a lot to the Academy Award-winning actress. "I don't want little girls to be like, 'Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner,'" Lawrence said. "That's something I was really conscious of during training... I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong - not thin and underfed."

  • New Hollywood legend Gene Hackman has garnered a reputation for being difficult to work with. However, the two-time Oscar winner never seemed to have a problem getting film work. 

    Richard Donner hired Hackman to play the villainous Lex Luthor for his 1978 game-changing genre movie Superman. Despite decades of comics depicting the antagonist as a bald baddie, Hackman refused to shave his head. The French Connection star also would not wear a bald cap.

    To fix the continuity issue, Donner had Hackman tease and comb his hair to make it look like he was wearing a ridiculous wig. The only scene where Luthor is shown in his bald state is when he's being escorted to jail at the end of the movie. 

  • Despite her A-list acting resume and cinema's endless need for close-ups, Kirsten Dunst doesn’t have a prototypicall "perfect" smile. The actress is perfectly comfortable with her crooked teeth. She even refused to get them fixed as a young starlet on the set of a massive blockbuster superhero movie.

    According to Dunst, when she was working on Spider-Man, the first installment in Sam Raimi's trilogy, one of the producers addressed the actress's teeth. She recalled, "And on Spider-Man, one of the producers tried to subtly coerce me into changing my teeth into those perfect Barbie doll teeth. I was like, 'Nope, not doing that either.'"

    Dunst knows that the female role models she had in her youth helped with her confidence. The actress explained:

    You know what, when I was younger, I had really strong females around me - my mother, working with Sofia Coppola at 16 when I was really becoming a woman. I had very good influences personally of women who were like, "You're great, love your teeth, don't change a thing." I was given a strong sense of what I feel comfortable with. And, ultimately, it's a TV show or a movie, so I'm not going to kill myself and get in an accident. If my intuition's telling me "No, no, no," then I'm not going to do it.

    The filmmakers did decide to fix Dunst's teeth on the movie's publicity poster.

  • Chloë Grace Moretz Almost Got Breast Implants As A Teenager After A Push-Up Bra And Silicone Implants Were Left In Her Trailer
    Photo: Kick-Ass 2 / Universal Pictures

    When Chloë Grace Moretz was working on a movie at the young age of 16, she entered her trailer to find a push-up bra and silicone implants. "I was, like: where did these come from? Those little things were insidious," said Moretz in 2018. "Even though you can brush them off, you still internalize them. They make you question yourself and think: 'Well, maybe I am unhappy with the size of my breasts.'"

    The studio's passive-aggressive message caused the Kick-Ass actress to consider breast implants. However, the experience ultimately helped the child actress turned movie star figure out the kind of roles she wanted to play in the future.

    “I choose the roles that connect to me the most. I’m a very strong woman,” said Moretz. “I couldn’t just be a girlfriend. Oh my God. Literally, no way.”

  • Daniel Craig Would Not Go Brown For Bond
    Photo: Casino Royale / Sony Pictures Releasing

    For whatever reason, a blond-haired Bond seemed blasphemous to dedicated 007 fans. Even so, Daniel Craig was unwilling to give in to the pressure to dye his natural blond locks brown for 2006's Casino Royale. All five of the former spies had dark hair in their movies.

    "I was asked to dye my hair brown to play this role, but it was out of the question. I suggested instead that I could cut my hair really short to create a more brutal appearance," said Craig.

    The English actor did just fine as a blond Bond. He went on to play the suave international spy in five successful movies. 

  • Kirsten Dunst Wouldn't Lose Weight For 'The Beguiled' Because She Didn't Like To Work Out

    The Virgin Suicides was Sofia Coppola's directorial debut and Kirsten Dunst's first adult-type movie role. The pair made their third film together in 2017, the Southern gothic thriller The Beguiled

    Coppola suggested that Dunst drop some weight for her role as a Civil War-era Virginia school teacher. However, the actress had a couple of reasons for refusing to trim her figure. 

    "It's so much harder when you're 35 and hate working out," Dunst said. Plus, the Fargo actress pointed out the limits of the film set's pastoral Louisiana location. "I'm eating fried chicken and McDonald's before work. So I'm like, 'We have no options! I'm sorry I can't lose weight for this role.'"

    Dunst added that Coppola totally understood her objections.