Hollywood body transformations that will leave you gaping

Featuring Christian Bale, J. K. Simmons, 50 Cent, Chris Hemsworth and more.

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Actors, actresses put in a lot of work to make sure they epitomise their characters and bring their persona to life in all facets. Practising and memorising lines, mimicking voices, and stunting are a few of them. But what about body transformations?

Here are some notable Hollywood body transformations that will leave you gaping.

Mark Wahlberg

‘Transformers’ and ‘Two Guns’ star, Mark Wahlberg recently reminded movie fans that certain movie roles require dramatic body transformations and enormous dedication. On Monday, May 3, 2021 the 49-year-old actor took to Instagram to share a collage of his drastic body change.

The Oscar-nominated star showed off the toned physique he’s known for in one snapshot, while the other image displayed his 20-pound weight gain for his upcoming film, Stu.

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“From left photo 3 weeks ago to this, now,” The Fighter actor wrote, adding a sweet shout-out to his chef, Lawrence Duran. “Thanks to @chef_lawrence_d cooking.”

Mark’s post received many comments, including a cheeky one from his wife of over a decade, Rhea. “And it looks just as hot in person baby [red heart emoji],” she replied.

“I think you look just as good on the left as you do on the right,” Dr. Oz responded, with Mario Lopez adding, “Yo. You wear mad chubby well homie!

Joaquin Phoenix

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Remember the Joker origin story? Yep! Phoenix opened up about his 52-pound weight loss, telling the Associated Press, “Once you reach the target weight, everything changes. Like so much of what’s difficult is waking up every day and being obsessed over like 0.3 pounds. Right? And you really develop like a disorder.”

J.K. Simmons

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The Spider-Man alum shocked fans when he debuted his bulging biceps, which were displayed in Justice League where he played the role of commissioner Gordon.

Jared Leto

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The actor and musician nabbed an Oscar for his riveting role in The Dallas Buyers Club. He lost 40 pounds for the role.

Chris Hemsworth

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Also remember the big belly Thor? Yep! He’s a master of the art- Chris. The star lost weight for his role in The Heart of the Sea. After filming wrapped, he returned to his muscular self to continue filming the Marvel movies.

Matthew McConaughey

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The Magic Mike hunk dropped 30 pounds to star in The Dallas Buyer’s Club—which centered on the real-life story about a man dying from AIDS in the 1980s and treated himself with alternative remedies he smuggled into the United States from Mexico.

Matthew Fox

The actor lost 40 pounds to become shockingly ripped to play a killer opposite Tyler Perry in Alex Cross. He trained for five months with the same man who helped Daniel Craig get into shape for his James Bond role.

Taylor Lautner

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Remember Jake? The teen heartthrob went from cute kid to beefy babe as werewolf Jacob Black in the Twilight sequel. “The day I finished Twilight, I came home and started bulking up,” he told Interview magazine. “For New Moon, I’m 30 pounds heavier than I was in Twilight.”

Jason Segel

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Siegel wasn’t ready to be body shamed, and lost a significant amount of weight for his role opposite Cameron Diaz in Sex Tape. “This time when I take my shirt off, I’ve made a promise to myself, it doesn’t have to be funny,” he previously told Us Weekly.

Christian Bale

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A.k.a Master Morpher. In 2004, The Batman star lost more than 60 pounds for his role in The ‘Machinist,’ and he did it again for the film ‘The Fighter,’ opposite Mark Wahlberg. He also gained 40 pounds for both ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Vice’ and lost 70 pounds for Ford v Ferrari

Tom Hanks

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“All it is is time and discipline,” the Oscar winner told Time magazine of his role in 2000’s Cast Away, for which the ‘Saving Private Ryan’ star lost over 50 pounds to play a man stranded on an uninhabited island.

50 Cent

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The usually ripped rapper shocked everyone with a photo of himself looking slender. He reportedly went from 214 to 160 pounds in just nine weeks to play a football player diagnosed with cancer in Things Fall Apart.

Christian Bale

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Told you he’s the master morpher. In order to portray former Vice President Dick Cheney, the star sported a fuller figure ahead of his performance in the biopic Backseat.

Jake Gyllenhaal

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The actor looked more like a god than a prince for his role in 2010’s Prince of Persia. Gyllenhaal said he studied Parkour, the French art of street running, in order to bulk up for the film.

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