When Actors Became Their Characters
It’s an actor’s job to portray the person/character that they’re supposed to be on screen as credibly as they can, but many actors don’t just stop there, THEY BECOME THE CHARACTER. They'll sacrifice their bodies, their relationships, and their sanity just to make their performances more convincing and result in a more memorable film. It becomes the actor's job to find his/her soul and channel that into a performance without making it distracting. So, here are those actors who shocked the world with their work and well, were left quite shaken after dwelling into a role that changed their lives:
1) Daniel Day-Lewis played the famous American president in Spielberg's film bagging a record third Oscar. He refused to leave his character's wheelchair in "My Left Foot" even after filming was finished. All of the slumping caused him to eventually break two ribs. Later, for "The Last of the Mohicans" Lewis spent six months in the wild teaching himself to build a canoe and trap and skin animals.
2) Leonardo Dicaprio starring in Django Unchained, tore his hand while filming a scene for the movie. He hits the table so hard that it shatters a glass resulting in the glass cutting Leonardo’s hand, but the actor doesn’t break character. Instead, he uses his bloodied hand to pick up a cigar and improvise the scene brilliantly.
3) Heath Ledger nearly descended into madness for his Oscar-winning role as The Joker in "The Dark Knight." The actor locked himself in his apartment for a month prior to filming and estimated sleeping two hours per night for a week during filming because he couldn't stop thinking about the role.
4) Christian Bale, the master of losing and gaining weight for his role, lost 122 pounds for the role of an insomniac for “The Machinist”. Bale quickly gained nearly 100 pounds of muscle afterward for his role as The Dark Knight in "Batman Begins." However, director Christopher Nolan saw that as toobulky for the Caped Crusader and ordered the actor to lose 20.
5) The "Transformers" actor, Shea Labeouf has pushed himself to make his latest roles seem as realistic as possible. He recently took acid to understand the effects of the drug on his character in "The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman." He also had sex on screen for Lars Von Trier's film "The Nymphomaniac." LaBeouf sees his experiments fine as long he doesn't go too far.
6) Randeep Hooda lost 18 kgs in just 28 days for his movie “Sarabjit”. The actor had to go on a starvation diet, closely supervised by his sister and a doctor. He cut down his meals, filling up only on coffee and water.
7) In addition to dressing like a homeless experimental musician, Jared Leto sent disturbing gifts to his fellow cast members in order to capture the spirit of the Clown Prince Of Crime, the Joker. He sent some bullets to Will Smith and a bunch of creepy love letters and a live rat to Margot Robbie.
8) Rooney Mara cut her hair, dyed it black, bleached her eyebrows, and pierced her nipples to play infamous computer hacker, Lisbeth Salander, in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
9) On the set of Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, Nicolas Cage wanted to make sure he channeled the titular flaming-skull-headed spirit just right. So, knowing that his head was going to be replaced with CGI and not wanting that to undermine the intensity of his performance, he coated his face in corpse paint and blanketed himself in a costume covered in Egyptian symbols and magical amulets while screaming wordless fury into the mouths of his cast mates.
All these efforts is what makes a movie MEMORABLE.