Extreme Makeover Celebrity Edition: Actors Get Ripped For Roles
Some actors will do almost anything to their bodies for a good movie role. Here’s the skinny: Matthew McConaughey has lost some serious weight for his portrayal of an AIDS patient in the upcoming “The Dallas Buyer’s Club,” Ann Hathaway lost 25 pounds for her portrayal of Fantine in the upcoming “Les Miserable,” and Matt Damon lost 40 pounds to play a heroine addict in the 1996 drama, “Courage Under Fire.” The tactics to lose these pounds involve anything from near starvation for a short period of time, to reducing calories significantly over a more extended time. While it is hard to watch Christian Bale go from sexy to sunken, the celebs somehow bounce back and fill what was lost.
Where there is skinny, there is fat. Who could forget the lovable Renee Zellweger in “Bridget Jones Diary?” Jared Leto also packed on over 60 pounds for his portrayal of Mark David Chapman, who was responsible for John Lennon’s death in “Chapter 27,” explains Leto in a REELZ Channel interview.
But let’s look at what’s really HOT in Hollywood when it comes to pumping up. What celebrities are actually putting on positive pounds in the form of muscles? Check out these celebrities that got ripped for a role.
Mark Wahlberg — “Pain and Gain”
We can’t get enough of Mark Wahlberg, who has shed his Marky-Mark image from the days of yesteryear. He has proven himself to be legit as he takes on Hollywood as a producer and an actor. His most current endeavor takes us to Miami, where Michael Bay‘s current project, “Pain and Gain” was filmed this past summer. Did he actually turn to steroids to play a steroid-abusing bodybuilder for the role? No. He didn’t have to. He had once gained 30 pounds of muscle for his part in “The Fighter” and has always enjoyed working out, according to an interview with E!
For Wahlberg, Bay‘s “Pain and Gain” has helped him keep up the fight training he began when he was training for “The Fighter.” To add to the bulk, he told E! he had to eat about 10 meals a day on top of the intense workouts. If you do the math, that is almost every three hours. He also shared with the network that he drank a line of supplements he actually created himself.
Look for a lean and mean Mark Wahlberg in Director Bay‘s next TRANSFORMERS creation as well, rumored to be made in 2013.
Jason Statham — “The Transporter”
Let us thank Guy Ritchie for casting English actor, Jason Statham, in “Snatch.” He’s always been conscious of his body. He began as a World Championship diver and now kicks some serious butt in action films like “The Transporter” and “Death Race.” Dirt.com’s bio of Statham reports he has a reputation for doing his own stunts. What took Statham from slim and fit to mass and bulk?
His stellar pecks and hero status comes from working out six days a week about 35 minutes as day, he tells Men’s Health. He’s interested in not just weight lifting but mixing his martial arts enabling him to have practical strength to punch, run and crack some skulls. Forty minutes of hard training is what it takes, not an hour and a half messing around with nonsense is his advice.
Mickey Rourke — “The Wrestler”
Mickey Rourke needed almost 30 pounds of lean muscle for his role of Randy “The Ram” Robinson in Darren Aronofsky’s, “The Wrestler” in which he took home a Golden Globe and Bafta award for Best Actor. In an interview with MTV, Rourke reports he trained four months by pumping serious iron, cardio and wrestling training. He continued training and looks as buff as ever as Whiplash in “Iron Man 2.”
Christian Bale — “Batman Begins”
Who can forget the incredible shrinking Christian Bale who went from 184 lbs. in 2002 to a jaw-dropping 121 lbs. in 2004 for a role in “The Machinist”? But don’t fret, in 2005, Bale gained around 70 lbs. in pure muscle for his role in “Batman Begins.” According to Men’s Fitness, he lost the weight drinking coffee and eating apples and gained it by implementing a high protein diet and adding heavy core training, plyometrics and resistance training.
Will Smith — “Ali”
The Academy gave Will Smith an Oscar nod for his performance in “Ali.” Before taking on the challenging role, he had to transform a lean 185 pound body into a 220 pound one. Smith had to create perfectly cut muscles while learning the moves of the beloved boxer. So, he got Sugar Ray Leonard’s former coach and took to intensive weight training and boxing for six hours a day. That ougtta do it.