Craziest On-Screen Transformations: 10 Stars Who Disappeared Into Roles

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Craziest On-Screen Transformations: 10 Stars Who Disappeared Into Roles

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Craziest On-Screen Transformations: 10 Stars Who Disappeared Into Roles

Life as an A-list movie star isn’t always glamorous, as the following actors can attest. 

These stars endured hours in the gym or the makeup chair to vanish into these parts — emerging emaciated, obese, frumpy, unattractive, or even a different race entirely, depending on the requirements of the role. 

See their startling transformations in the slideshow above!

Craziest On-Screen Transformations: 10 Stars Who Disappeared Into Roles
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1. Adam Driver

Adam Driver Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images; Paramount Pictures

You’ll be shocked by this Girls star’s emaciated appearance in Martin Scorsese’s next film, Silence. Adam plays a Portuguese Jesuit priest whose sail across the seas in search of his mentor is beset by disease and starvation.

“I don’t think I’ve ever taken it to the extreme before,” the actor said in an Interview conversation. “It’s an interesting thing.”

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1. Adam Driver

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You’ll be shocked by this Girls star’s emaciated appearance in Martin Scorsese’s next film, Silence. Adam plays a Portuguese Jesuit priest whose sail across the seas in search of his mentor is beset by disease and starvation.

“I don’t think I’ve ever taken it to the extreme before,” the actor said in an Interview conversation. “It’s an interesting thing.”

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2. Ben Foster

Ben Foster Credit: Momentum Pictures; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

This Lone Survivor star went to great lengths for his lead role in the film The Program, a biopic of Lance Armstrong, the cancer survivor who won seven Tour de France championships before admitting to steroids use. “I had to lose about 30 pounds in six weeks with cannibalizing diets,” the 34-year-old told Entertainment Weekly. It’s a level of starvation and cardio where your body starts eating itself.”

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2. Ben Foster

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This Lone Survivor star went to great lengths for his lead role in the film The Program, a biopic of Lance Armstrong, the cancer survivor who won seven Tour de France championships before admitting to steroids use. “I had to lose about 30 pounds in six weeks with cannibalizing diets,” the 34-year-old told Entertainment Weekly. It’s a level of starvation and cardio where your body starts eating itself.”

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3. Halle Berry

Halle Berry Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures; Jason Merritt/Getty Images

In the time-shifting 2012 Wachowskis film Cloud Atlas, the principal actors played different characters across centuries and continents — Halle included. The Oscar winner portrayed a German-Jewish woman in 1936 and a Korean doctor in 2144, for example.

Talking to EW, Halle recounted greeting daughter Nahla while still made up as the latter character: “When I said, ‘Hi sweetheart,’ she had an out of body experience. I swear I saw her little spirit leave her body and go to Cleveland. She’s still not over it. It was so terrifying for her, to hear my voice coming out of that man.”

3. Halle Berry

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In the time-shifting 2012 Wachowskis film Cloud Atlas, the principal actors played different characters across centuries and continents — Halle included. The Oscar winner portrayed a German-Jewish woman in 1936 and a Korean doctor in 2144, for example.

Talking to EW, Halle recounted greeting daughter Nahla while still made up as the latter character: “When I said, ‘Hi sweetheart,’ she had an out of body experience. I swear I saw her little spirit leave her body and go to Cleveland. She’s still not over it. It was so terrifying for her, to hear my voice coming out of that man.”

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4. Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox Credit: Summit Entertainment; Gareth Cattermore/Getty Images

Lost fans might not have even recognized the series’s lead star when the Tyler Perry thriller Alex Cross hit theaters in 2012. To play the film’s sinewy ultimate-fighter villain, Matthew did “circuit training until I wanted to puke,” as he told Men’s Fitness.

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4. Matthew Fox

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Lost fans might not have even recognized the series’s lead star when the Tyler Perry thriller Alex Cross hit theaters in 2012. To play the film’s sinewy ultimate-fighter villain, Matthew did “circuit training until I wanted to puke,” as he told Men’s Fitness.

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5. Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise Credit: DreamWorks Pictures; Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Getting Tom to look anything less than a screen idol may be Mission: Impossible, but he disappeared into his scene-stealing role as overweight, hairy, balding movie exec Les Grossman in the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder. “He said, ‘I really want to have some big, hairy hands,’” director Ben Stiller told People. “I actually didn’t have to sell him on anything.”

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5. Tom Cruise

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Getting Tom to look anything less than a screen idol may be Mission: Impossible, but he disappeared into his scene-stealing role as overweight, hairy, balding movie exec Les Grossman in the 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder. “He said, ‘I really want to have some big, hairy hands,’” director Ben Stiller told People. “I actually didn’t have to sell him on anything.”

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6. Christian Bale

Christian Bale Credit: Paramount Classics; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Before packing on pounds of muscle to play Batman, this Aussie star shed 60 pounds to play the title role in the 2004 psycho-thriller The Machinist. The transformation even made his butt “literally [drop] out of the hips and thigh bones,” co-star Michael Ironside revealed in a Reddit Q&A.

6. Christian Bale

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Before packing on pounds of muscle to play Batman, this Aussie star shed 60 pounds to play the title role in the 2004 psycho-thriller The Machinist. The transformation even made his butt “literally [drop] out of the hips and thigh bones,” co-star Michael Ironside revealed in a Reddit Q&A.

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7. Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron Credit: Newmarket Films; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

For her Oscar-winning turn as real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003’s Monster, Charlize gained 30 pounds, shaved her eyebrows, donned prosthetic teeth, and wore blotchy makeup.

“I think I knew very early on that part of me understanding her journey of who she was… the only way I was going to do that was to really truly get myself in a place where I felt the same things she might have felt,” the South African beauty told Stumped Magazine at the time.

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7. Charlize Theron

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For her Oscar-winning turn as real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003’s Monster, Charlize gained 30 pounds, shaved her eyebrows, donned prosthetic teeth, and wore blotchy makeup.

“I think I knew very early on that part of me understanding her journey of who she was… the only way I was going to do that was to really truly get myself in a place where I felt the same things she might have felt,” the South African beauty told Stumped Magazine at the time.

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8. Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz Credit: Universal Pictures; John Shearer/Getty Images

After wowing moviegoers with her comedic chops and radiant beauty in her early films like My Best Friend’s Wedding and There’s Something About Mary, Cameron Diaz went serious and seriously frumpy for her supporting role in the 1999 meta comedy Being John Malkovich.

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8. Cameron Diaz

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After wowing moviegoers with her comedic chops and radiant beauty in her early films like My Best Friend’s Wedding and There’s Something About Mary, Cameron Diaz went serious and seriously frumpy for her supporting role in the 1999 meta comedy Being John Malkovich.

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9. Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan Credit: UTV Motion Pictures on YouTube

For his role in upcoming movie Dangal, this Indian superstar gained about 60 pounds in 5 months, as GQ India reports... before he whipped himself back into the physique you see on the left. Did we mention he’s 51 years old?

9. Aamir Khan

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For his role in upcoming movie Dangal, this Indian superstar gained about 60 pounds in 5 months, as GQ India reports... before he whipped himself back into the physique you see on the left. Did we mention he’s 51 years old?

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10. David Harbour

David Harbour Credit: Lionsgate; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

You know this actor as Jim Hopper in Stranger Things, but you’d never recognize him in costume (and prosthetics) for the 2018 Hellboy reboot.

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10. David Harbour

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You know this actor as Jim Hopper in Stranger Things, but you’d never recognize him in costume (and prosthetics) for the 2018 Hellboy reboot.

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Life as an A-list movie star isn’t always glamorous, as the following actors can attest. 

These stars endured hours in the gym or the makeup chair to vanish into these parts — emerging emaciated, obese, frumpy, unattractive, or even a different race entirely, depending on the requirements of the role. 

See their startling transformations in the slideshow above!