Actors and actresses are expected to transform themselves for the roles they play, and from time to time those transformations can be rather dramatic. Being that their job description includes becoming someone completely different from themselves, it's no surprise when on-camera performers undergo big makeovers for the parts they're playing. For her role in the highly-anticipated film adaptation of the hit musical "Les Miserables," Anne Hathaway did quite a transformation of herself.
First, Anne dropped twenty-five pounds off of her already slender frame. The "Alice in Wonderland" star also had her normally long brown locks nearly completely chopped off. While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at a screening of the film, Anne joked that when she "looked in the mirror I just thought I looked like my gay brother." Anne's transformation for "Les Miserables" is certainly noteworthy, and here are three more actors who have shown an uncanny ability to morph themselves into an entirely different person for a role.
Tom Hanks - The Hollywood icon very famously lost a ton of weight for his performance as an attorney battling AIDS in "Philadelphia." The weight loss was so dramatic, and Hanks' performance was so riveting that he won his first of two Oscars for his work in that film. Just a few short years later, Hanks would undergo an even more stunning transformation for the film "Cast Away." For that part, hanks again lost a ton of weight, but he also grew out his hair and beard to epic lengths.
Gary Oldman - In showbiz today, there are very few actors who can play such a wide array of parts as the "Lawless" star has been able to slip in and out of. Oldman has played everyone from Dracula to Sirius Black in the "Harry Potter" films and each time thanks to wardrobe, makeup, and Oldman's nearly unmatched ability to change his vocal patterns and physicality, Gary is believable in every role he takes on.
Brad Pitt - Because of his better-than-average looks, sometimes the critics can overlook just how talented and versatile Brad really is. In one career he's played roles in films from "Fight Club" to Quentin Tarantino's "Inglorious Basterds." The contrast in those two parts alone show the range Pitt has to work with. In "Fight Club" he plays Tyler Durden, a character with multiple layers and a dark undertone, but by no means the gregarious Lt. Aldo Raine that he played in Tarantino's World War II fantasy film. Lt. Raine is a highly-stylized, over the top character who delights in the killing of Nazi soldiers with a sense of glee that is both hilarious and terrifying.
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