We’d like to start by saying that we love our work. We just love pizza, ice cream cakes and those Girl Scout cookies with the coconut a hell of a lot more. And that’s the thing that separates us from the truly great actors. Well, that and a zillion KFC buckets worth of talent! Uber-dedicated movie stars will sometimes go the extra mile and put their bodies through insane physical transformations that make us sore just watching them up there on the big screen. Many hit the gym ruthlessly to purge every excess pound from their body and slim down, while some (occasionally) take a few weeks to pack on the pounds for a role. If it were us we’d choose the pound-packing parts exclusively, but hey!
More recently Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took the tougher route and each shed an unbelievable amount of weight for their respective roles. Anne famously lost 25 pounds for the part of Fantine in the big screen adaptation of Les Miserables by eating two thin squares of oatmeal paste a day! We imagine that includes no dessert? McConaughey jettisoned his Magic Mike six-pack to play the HIV positive lead in Dallas Buyers Club, and his whopping 40 pound weight loss has lead some to wonder if he’s going too far. It’s got to be rough, but they certainly aren’t the first famous folks to go through such a dramatic body overhaul before going in front of the camera. Head on down to the gallery below for more thespians who took their bodies to crazy town, all in the name of their art. Sit down with a nice bag of chips and enjoy!
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All hail the king! Over 30 years after his death, Elvis Presley remains perhaps the most iconic entertainment figure of all time. Considering his legendary status, you’d think that A-listers would be lining up to play him in a biopic-to-end-all-biopics. But weirdly, the role of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll has generally been relegated to a motley crew of supporting actors, off-kilter comedians, retro-musicians and brooding models. In fact, the best that fans can hope for is the occasional mid-level celeb staring in a TV movie. And now this puzzling trend continues as Eric Bana signs on to portray Presley in the upcoming film Elvis & Nixon. How will The Hulk do as Mr. Hips? Will he outdo Bruce Campbell’s stellar interpretation in the 2002 classic Bubba Ho-Tep? Only time will tell. Until we can see it for ourselves, check out the gallery below to see other head-scratchingly random dudes who have played Elvis. And as a little hint to casting directors, Best Week Ever has a list of five actors who might be more appropriate for the job.
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Who didn’t spend their teenage years wanting to take on their dad in hand-to-hand combat? Now imagine you and Pops are both trained assassins. Welcome to the fun, pulpy Hanna, a film about a clever young woman with the mind of a mercenary and the social skills of…well, also a mercenary. While the first 20 minutes of Hanna might seem like a bad art house flick, believe me, they are a necessary precursor to the violent, campy fun this movie has in store – just soon as the protagonist gets out of the woods.
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TheFABlife could think of no more appropriate and enjoyable way to celebrate Australia Day than to celebrate the sexiest actors, musicians and models from Down Under. From Miranda Kerr‘s enviable bikini bod to Elle Macpherson‘s eternal youth to Hugh “Wolverine” Jackman‘s abs — Australia’s got a lot to offer. So throw another shrimp on the barbie (too easy?), sit back and salivate over the Top 30 Hottest Aussie exports. [Photos: Splash News Online, Getty Images]
The Time Traveler’s Wife
Sweet Rachel McAdams has a problem. Her husband mysteriously jumps through time at the worst moments. This leads to uncomfortable situations like their first meeting when she is six and he’s in his 20s and very naked. He’s played by Eric Bana, so maybe it’s possible to forgive the boy many things. Like the best-seller it’s based on, this romance never lets its clever sci-fi twists get too tangled in strong, smart characters that should be together. It may not impress the boyfriend with the Avatar tattoo very much—although what are you doing with that loser anyway?—but Wife is the perfect compliment to a wintry afternoon and a bag of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts.
Extras: “Making of” featurette.
- By C. Bottomley
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