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

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

Poor Matthew McConaughey. In 2014, he lost 50 lb to play AIDS patient Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, and his grueling conversion was rewarded with an Oscar for best actor. 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 conversion was for nothing; evaluations are middling and awards 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 absolutely no silverware whatsoever. Let us celebrate this mountain of pointless exertion with a list.

50 Cent, All Things Fall Apart

Rapper 50 Cent had a six-year stretch of constructing exclusively horrible movies with names such as Dead Man Running and Caught in the Crossfire and Gun. But then, perhaps after ensure how The Machinist revitalised Christian Bales career, he lost a similarly fretting amount of weight to play 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 cinema moved straight-out to VOD and was barely reviewed.

Jared Leto, Chapter 27

To play Mark Chapman in a movie 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 cinema, which has a 19% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and built less than $200,000 worldwide.

Matthew Fox, Alex Cross

When I read the portion, it felt instantly that my character is igniting energy on an virtually hyper degree, Fox told Mens Health before Alex Cross was released, describing how he visualized his character as almost disturbingly vascular and tendony. He invested five months existing on chicken breasts and steamed broccoli, circuit training to the point of nausea every day, to play a serial assassin in a cinema that failed to recoup its budget by $10 m, has an 11% Rotten Tomatoes rating, 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 go, Fuck it, Im ready to merely disappear, Aniston told of her role as grief-stricken, partially disabled Claire Bennett in the film Cake. To reach that degree, Aniston exposed her incredible physical preparation. I basically merely didnt work out for two-and-a-half months, she explained. The cinema built back less than$ 2m of its reported$ 7m-10m budget, was described as a doughy, maudlin piece of hardship porn and failed to halt Anistons reliance on small parts in bad comedies.

Chris Hemsworth, In the Heart of the Sea

Hemsworth ingested merely 500 calories a day to prepare for his role as a straying 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 merely never want to do it again … in some small-scale route, we felt like we were doing what these men went through justice. The movie built $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 coach every week until he became the intimidatingly bulky rogue hed play in The Expendables 3, which built $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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