Stars who gained and lost weight for roles. Here are a few stars who gained lost weight for roles and a job in the movies. Some of them wanted the work so bad, they were willing to put on the pounds or lose it all.
Russell Crowe, “Body of Lies” – He put on 63 pounds to play a CIA boss in Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies.” He allegedly owes the impressive transformation to his love of Sprinkles cupcakes and a willingness to eat cheeseburgers for breakfast. He tops our list of stars who gained lost weight for roles.
Robert De Niro, “Raging Bull” – The actor gained 60 pounds. One of the first, if not most notable, instances of weight gain for a role, was Robert De Niro in “Raging Bull.” The first half of the film was shot with De Niro at his physical best, as the toned and lean boxing champ Jake La Motta.
George Clooney, “Syriana” – He went the distance for the 2005 film “Syriana” by packing on an extra 30 pounds to play former CIA agent Robert Baer. The handsome leading man found himself depressed during filming because the extra weight caused a tear in his spinal tissue and a spinal fluid leak. The pain from that injury restricted his typically active, basketball-playing, motorcycle-riding lifestyle.
Tom Hanks, “Cast Away” – Hanks is no stranger to the art of transformation for a movie role. In 1992 he gained 30 pounds to play baseball coach Jimmy Dugan in “A League of Their Own.” Then, a few years later, he lost 30 pounds for his Oscar-winning turn as AIDS patient Andrew Beckett in “Philadelphia.” But he topped the scales with his 50-pound weight loss to become plane crash survivor Chuck Noland in “Cast Away.”