Celebrities who lost massive weight: There is an old adage in Hollywood amongst actors. If a casting director asks you if you can do something, you always say yes. It doesn’t matter if it is speaking another language or having a specialized skill. Opportunities don’t come around often for actors and many times they will do anything to get a part. It is an extremely competitive business and a difficult one to find success in. This is why when a role calls for an actor to do something extreme, they will often times find a way to follow through and accommodate the part.
Big time actors have it a lot easier than unknowns. They sometimes don’t even have to go through the audition process to get a role. They also have the luxury of gaining access to a support system that allows them to adapt to almost any role necessary. That is why when an actor requires extreme changes to their physical appearance, dialect, and mannerisms, they are able to comply and sometimes come through with an incredibly legendary performance.
Actors have undergone a variety of extremes to add to the authenticity of a particular acting role. Some actors have actually put their health at risk all for the benefit of their craft. To be the best, sometimes that requires an actor to extend further than they ever thought they could. That is why, when an actor loses a great deal of weight for a role, it can be dramatic to the eyes like when a normal, healthy robust actor turns themselves into a frail emaciated individual we can immediately identify and empathize with. These are 10 of the biggest weight losses by actors for film roles.
10. Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
For the film Dallas Buyers Club, Leto reportedly lost 30 pounds. The mercurial actor/musician has been an impact performer in many feature films. His appearances in movies seem to be carefully constructed to high quality supporting roles. For his work in Dallas Buyers Club, Leto pulled in an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The method actor, as he’s known by Hollywood standards, also is the lead vocalist and songwriter for the group Thirty Seconds to Mars. He formed the band back in 1998 with his older brother, Shannon Leto, and the band hasn’t looked back since selling over 15 million albums worldwide. Not bad for a “side project” to Leto’s acting career. Either way, Leto is insanely talented and did a great job in Buyers.