Hunger strike, piercing and other sacrifices, which the actors went for the role

These actors took their roles too seriously. In order to be like their heroes, they forgot about their health and appearance.

Playing movies is not as easy as it sounds. Many characters are given to stars so hard that they undermine their psyche after them, and then recover for several years.

Natalie Portman, The Black Swan

Photo: frame from the film
Photo: frame from the film

Preparations for the role of a ballerina in “Black Swan” began with Natalie Portman a year before the shooting. And immediately in hard mode. She sat on a strict diet and stood at the choreographic machine every day: first two hours and then eight. When the main work on the film began, the actress spent on the set for 12-14 hours, and then practiced again. With such a schedule, even before that, the slender Portman almost brought herself to anorexia, could hardly stand up.Her loved ones sounded the alarm, but it was too late. The work was in full swing, and Natalie did not want to let down her colleagues.

“I am a perfectionist. I'm used to doing everything 100% or nothing. But this work was a real challenge for me, ”Natalie Portman later told reporters.

Fortunately, the works of the actress appreciated. She received the Oscar as the best actress of the year. But it seems that at that moment Portman was no longer up to the statuette. She did not leave the house and leaned on the paste to gain strength and return the weight that was normal for her.

Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

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Photo: frame from the film

Heath Ledger approached his profession very seriously. The father of the actor Kim Ledger said that before filming, he usually locked himself up for at least a month in a hotel room or in his apartment to concentrate on the character. The same thing happened while working on the picture "The Dark Knight", where he played a crazy clown. He played it brilliantly. The director did not even have to give him advice. One thing is clear: at that moment he was not very happy and joyful. But the worst thing is that a few days after the tape premiere, the actor died from an overdose of sleeping drugs.I want to believe that the death of Heath is not connected with the game of clown, for which he was posthumously awarded the Oscar.

Angelina Jolie, "Interrupted Life"

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Photo: frame from the film

Angelina Jolie once admitted that at the beginning of her career, while working on her role, she literally lived the life of her character. But one thing when she played the unbeatable Lara Croft, the other - an insane girl named Fox in the movie "Interrupted Life." Then the actress told that this role was extremely difficult for her: she could not relax in between the shootings. Moreover, Angie stopped talking to anyone and she started having problems sleeping and eating. Colleagues Jolie recalled that at that time the Hollywood diva looked so pale and painfully thin that they seriously thought about recording her for an appointment with a specialist. But the actress, of course, was against it and did not stop work. Worse, Angelina was after the premiere of the picture, when she saw that many of the scenes with her part were cut after editing.

“It was very disappointing to see that my heroine was shown only from the worst side. All my work to give it to the viewer in a different light was in vain.It’s a pity, ”Jolie said later.

Smooth feelings of the actress helped only award the Golden Globe.

Rooney Mara, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

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Photo: frame from the film

Before the painting “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, Rooney Mara had only occasional roles in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and in the “Social Network”. So that the first time she played the main role was for the actress a very responsible mission. Once a girl confessed that the director of the tape warned her about the tape: if you play well, then the whole world will talk about you, if it's bad, then you will not be filming anywhere else. Fortunately, despite the psychological stress, Rooney coped with her task as “excellent”. True, for the sake of the image she had to spend a lot of nerves, and still cut off her long hair and get a piercing (and this despite the fact that she hadn’t even had her ears pierced before). After completing the project, Mara told journalists only one thing: “It was very, very hard.”

Shia Labaouf, Rage

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Photo: frame from the film

Shaya Labaf - personality is very bright. The actor participates in all sorts of performances and often tests himself for strength: he refuses to eat, he does not sleep for several days ... However, he surpassed himself during the filming of the film “Rage”.Colleagues Labaaf said that he was literally obsessed with playing his hero like no one would have played. And sometimes I got from my ideas to madness. Once, for example, he found the makeup on his face too implausible and ... cut his cheek with a knife. At the same time every day during the month he renewed the wound. Also for the role of Shaya decided to remove a tooth. And yet, in order to look plausible on the screen, he did not wash for four months. Not without daily training.

“Already at the first meeting with the director of Rage, I was warned that I would have to work and train a lot,” Labaf said later. - But I agreed. And glad of it. The trainings were not in vain: I learned to shoot and became much more enduring and stronger. ”

Anne Hathaway, "Outcast"

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Photo: frame from the film

Before the role of "The Miserable," Anne Hathaway played beauties. As she agreed to look on the screen indecently thin and bald, is still a mystery ... However, after the premiere, the actress told that she decided to change her appearance: to lose 11 kilos Anne tortured herself with workouts and almost did not eat anything, she also refused to wig and asked to cut off her hair.In addition, Hathaway worked on her inner content: for days she read literature on the life of sexual slaves and watched a video interview with them.

“It was important for me to fulfill my role without falsehood. Everything had to look realistic, ”Ann said afterwards. And then she added that after this project she felt devastated and overwhelmed, she had to spend a lot of time to return to normal life.

Adrien Brody, "The Pianist"

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Photo: frame from the film

The role of pianist Vladislav Shpilman became the most difficult in the career of Adrian Brody. Already during the shooting, studying the lives of people during the Second World War, the actor, by his own admission, revised his life and became different. At the same time, he could not relax for a second, plunging into the emotions of his hero and all those who lived in this terrible time.

“I physically felt responsible to the millions of victims of the Second World War. And I just could not fulfill this role badly, ”Brody told reporters. He also admitted that he was depressed and mourned for a long time. He was not pleased even with all sorts of awards for his role, including the Oscar.


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