As an actor, it is extremely important to commit to a role, and not only make it yours but become the character. Some of the most successful actors in the business know this, and work hard to achieve this. And some of the most rewarded peers know that commiting to a role not only involves changing your demeanor; being an actor sometimes also means you need to become someone else for the role.
Here is a list of incredible actors and acresses who have made unbelievable character transformations, proving why they are some of the best in Hollywood.
1. Charlize Theron in ‘Monster’
This 2003 film, directed by Patty Jenkins, is based on real life events and characters. Playing the character Aileen Wuornos, is the beautiful South African actress Charlize Theron.
Her depiction of a gay woman forced into prostitution in order to live was a huge transformation for Charlize. To prepare for this role, she endured shaving her eyebrows and gaining 33 pounds to deliver an Oscar winning performance.
2. Jared Leto in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
Another radical change was accomplished by the actor Jared Leto. He delivered an unforgettable performance as a transsexual struggling with life and friendship in the 2013 movie.
In preparation for this role, Jared lost 44 pounds to fill the role as the character Rayon. His performance earned him an Oscar for best supporting actor.
3. Robert Downey Jr. in ‘Tropic Thunder’
It takes a great comedic line-up to create a great comedy movie like ‘Tropic Thunder’. That is what happens when Jack Black, Ben Stiller, and Robert Downey Jr. get together
To play his role as the African character, Kirk Lazarus, Downey underwent “increased pigment” treatments for his interpretation of the character. This film was nominated for an Oscar in 2008.