1. Christian Bale, “The Machinist”
…Christian Bale has transformed his body numerous times for roles, such as gaining 100 pounds of pure muscle in six months for Batman. However, it was “The Machinist” that yielded the most shocking results, when he lost 60 pounds for the role of troubled Trevor Reznik. Bale lost the weight by subsisting on coffee and apples.
2. Eddie Murphy, “Coming to America”
Make-up artist Rick Baker was nominated for an Oscar for transforming comedian Eddie Murphy into a white Jewish dude named Saul. Eddie perfected the voice and accent, and made himself damn-near unrecognizable in the process.
3. Charlize Theron, “Monster”
…While she did gain about 30 pounds to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster”, her make-under involved a lot more than gaining weight. She had her skin layered with washed off tattoo ink to give it a weathered appearance. Her eyebrows were shaved and bleached. She wore false teeth and her hair was fried. Uglying up worked for her; she garnered an Oscar for her performance.
4. Jared Leto, “Chapter 27”
In order to play John Lennon’s assassin, Jared Leto gained 67 pounds. While plumping up was beneficial for box office, it played havoc on his body. He was temporarily in a wheelchair and he developed gout.
5. Matthew Mcconaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
For his role in as AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, Mcconaughey dropped 47 pounds. The usually buff actor said that the whole experience was rough. “I got down to 143lbs and I was always hungry, and irritable. My body resembled a baby bird with its mouth open, crying, ‘Feed me, feed me,’ and you realize momma bird ain’t going to feed you. It’s hard.”