Worth the weight? The actors who made drastic body changes for terrible movies


Matthew McConaughey was the latest to hope a major makeover would help him nab an Oscar, but tepid evaluations for Gold have ascertained him join these unlucky actors

Poor Matthew McConaughey. In 2014, he lost 50 lb to play-act AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, and his grueling metamorphosi was rewarded with an Oscar for best performer. Convinced that hed cracked the formula, McConaughey then packed on another 50 lb and shaved his head for his role in Gold, out the coming week in the US. But this time, the metamorphosi was for nothing; evaluations are middling and honors are nowhere to be seen.

And this is unfair. For every Charlize Theron in Monster, there are legions of other actors who have overhauled their own bodies in return for utterly no silverware whatsoever. Let us celebrate this mountain of pointless try with a list.

50 Cent, All Things Fall Apart

Rapper 50 Cent had a six-year stretching of constructing exclusively terrible movies with epithets such as Dead Man Running and Caught in the Crossfire and Gun. But then, perhaps after appreciating how The Machinist revitalised Christian Bales career, he lost a similarly worrying sum of weight to play-act a cancer sufferer in All Things Fall Apart, dropping 54 lb by existing on a juice diet and operating for three hours a day. The film ran straight to VOD and was scarcely reviewed.

Jared Leto, Chapter 27

To play Mark Chapman in a film about the assassination of John Lennon, Jared Leto gained 67 lb by feeing pints of microwaved ice cream mixed with soy sauce and olive oil every night until he contracted gout and was forced to use a wheelchair. It took him a full time to lose the weight after the film, which has a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and attained less than $200,000 worldwide.

Matthew Fox, Alex Cross

When I read the part, it seemed immediately that my character is igniting energy on an nearly hyper degree, Fox told Mens Health before Alex Cross was liberated, describing how he visualized his character as almost disturbingly vascular and tendony. He expended five months existing on chicken breasts and steamed broccoli, circuit training to the point of nausea every day, to play a serial murderer in a film that failed to recoup its budget by $10 m, has an 11% Rotten Tomatoes score, got nominated for a Razzie, was so badly received that plans for a sequel were indefinitely shelved, and was labelled as cloddish, slapdash, gracelessly written, and visually fugly by Entertainment Weekly.

Jennifer Aniston, Cake

Theres a degree of fearlessness. I think that you have to be able to sort of run, Fuck it, Im ready to only disappear, Aniston said of her role as grief-stricken, partly disabled Claire Bennett in the film Cake. To reach that degree, Aniston revealed her incredible physical preparation. I basically only didnt work up for two-and-a-half months, she explained. The film attained back less than$ 2m of its reported$ 7m-10m budget, was described as a doughy, maudlin piece of misery porn and failed to halt Anistons reliance on small parts in bad comedies.

Chris Hemsworth, In the Heart of the Sea

Hemsworth ingested only 500 calories a day to prepare for his role as a drifting seaman in Ron Howards maritime adventure. He called In the Heart of the Sea physically and emotionally the more difficult movie that Ive been a part of, adding: Losing the weight to this duration, I only never want to do it again … in some small-scale lane, we felt like we were doing what these men went through justice. The movie attained $25 m domestically against its $100 m production budget and ranks as one of Howards worst-ever performing movies.

Mel Gibson, The Expendables 3

After becoming a Hollywood pariah a decade ago, Mel Gibson hurled himself into physical fitness, cutting pasta and carbohydrate from his diet and spending three three-hour sessions with a trainer every week until he became the intimidatingly bulky scoundrel hed play in The Expendables 3, which attained $60 m less than the first Expendables film, $45 m less than the second Expendables film, earned Mel Gibson a Golden Raspberry award, and was The Expendables 3.

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