Brendan Fraser wore a 270 kg suit, and Jared Leto agreed to body waxing: actors who dramatically changed their appearance for a movie role

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Impressive transformations of stars in movies.

The work of the actors requires complete dedication. They have to reproduce the kaleidoscope of the characters' inner world: contradictions, fervor and fears. And if sometimes psychological preparation is enough, in other cases you have to experiment with your own weight and makeup.

Read the OBOZREVATEL article about the amazing transformations of actors in iconic movies.

Brendan Fraser - "The Whale" (2022).

American actor Brendan Fraser (star of "The Mummy" and "George of the Jungle") gained more than 10 pounds of extra weight to play the 270-kg Charlie. But the major appearance changes occurred in the makeup chair. During the 40 days of filming in "The Whale" actor was making up for about 6 hours, and five people helped Fraser remove the costume. The prosthetics besieged his entire body like a second skin. During filming, the crew spent five bags of ice a day to help the celebrity cool down.

Brendan's stunning acting and image wowed the film academics, so he won his first Oscar.


Jared Leto - "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013)

An American actor and musician, known for his roles in "Requiem for a Dream," "Suicide Squad" and "Mr. Nobody," Jared Leto also does not mind dramatically changing his appearance for the role. Thus, in the movie "Dallas Buyers Club" for the character, sick with AIDS, the actor lost 13 kg, agreed to wax the body and eyebrows, and wore women's clothes. These efforts were justified - Jared won an Oscar.


Christian Bale - "The Machinist" (2004)

British actor Christian Bale had to lose 38 kilograms for his role in the movie "The Machinist. And that in four months! With a height of 183 centimeters Christian Bale weighed 53 kilograms. It is interesting that for the next set, in the movie "Batman Begins" (2005), the actor for a few months gained 27 kg.


Meryl Streep - "Angels in America" (2003)

American stage, film and television actress Meryl Streep played Isidore Chemelwitz in the mini-series "Angels in America". Thanks to the star's professionalism and quality makeup, it is impossible to recognize her. In one of the interviews the celebrity confessed: "It was after this role that I understood a lot about men".


Brad Pitt - The Mysterious History of Benjamin Button (2008)

American actor and film producer Brad Pitt played the lead role in a movie about Benjamin Button, a character who lives in reverse order: he is born an old man and dies a baby. To "age" the movie star had to sit in the makeup chair for about five hours.


Previously OBOZREVATEL wrote about actors who changed beyond recognition for a role in the movies.

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