10 Actors Who Lost An Extreme Amount Of Weight For A Role

10 actors who lost an extreme amount of weight for a role
10 actors who lost an extreme amount of weight for a role

One way to get noticed in Hollywood is to go through a shocking physical transformation for a film. There is no question that appearance plays a big part in how a character comes across, and these 10 actors made the ultimate sacrifice – their health – in order to do a role justice.

Above: Matthew McConauhey in Magic Mike (2012) and Dallas Buyer's Club (2013)Above: Matthew McConauhey in Magic Mike (2012) and Dallas Buyer’s Club (2013)


Matthew McConaughey

Dallas Buyer’s Club

To play the role of Ron Woodruff, a man who finds out he is HIV positive and then given 30 days to live, McConaughey lost 47 pounds. To go from a guy who is in great physical shape, to someone who is visibly ill and dying, McConaughey had to change his entire lifestyle. He reports eating 5 ounces of fish and a cup of vegetables twice daily. Tapioca pudding was also a staple.  He exercised every day in order to burn at least 1,800 calories, as his goal was to lose 4 pounds a week.

McConaughey is reported as saying “I’m a guy who likes the outdoors, but Ron needed to be pale. I stayed inside. And what did I end up doing? I wrote a lot, I read a lot.” Clearly, he was willing to completely alter his lifestyle for this role, and it shows in his appearance.

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Courtney Hardwick

Courtney Hardwick is a freelance writer based in Toronto. Her work has appeared on AmongMen.com, 29secrets.com, therichest.com, and ELLECanada.com.  When she isn’t writing about relationships, and the best TV shows and books you should really already know about, she is working on her novel. She hopes to have it published by 2025. You can follow her on Twitter @Courtooo.

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