Rami Malek crackled as the frontman of Queen. He single-handedly brought the legendary rock star back to life for two hours and 13 minutes in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Freddie Mercury’s tragic end in 1991 prevented the actor’s efforts to consult any memoirs, leaving him little research material. Instead, he relied on the eccentric musician’s lyrics.
Impersonating Mercury’s unique charisma was yet another challenge for Malek, he trained with a body movement coach, studied under a dialect coach, and spent hours taking piano and singing lessons. In the movie, he had to use all his new skills with prosthetic teeth and a ‘stash.
Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise the Clown Terrifies
Bill Skarsgård said that becoming a psychotic killer clown for the movie “It” took all of his energy. The 2017 horror film based on Stephen King’s novel was his most physically and mentally demanding role.
The Swedish actor insisted on performing most of the stunts. He stayed in character on set to keep the child actors terrified. He succeeded completely, Skarsgård’s Pennywise, the demonic dancing clown, terrified him as well. The actor admitted he had nightmares after the film was released.
Heath Ledger’s Joker Consumed Him in ‘The Dark Knight’
Heath Ledger received an Oscar, post-mortem, for his exhaustive portrayal of the comic supervillain. Delivering that extraordinary Joker took a toll. Ledger was so committed to the role he took on tremendous physical and mental challenges.
He insisted on real fights with Christian Bale’s Batman and in one scene, asked to really be thrown against a wall. He plunged into researching the character with the goal of being the best Joker ever. He isolated himself for a month, getting only two hours of sleep a night, all helped him deliver a memorable performance.
John Leguizamo Goes to Extremes in ‘Spawn’
As Violator, a hell-born clown demon, John Leguizamo did not only transform himself with makeup and pudgy-appearing prosthetics, but he also became as disgusting as the comic supervillain.
At one point in the movie, the Violator finds an infested pizza in the trash. Leguizamo, fully embodying the grotesque and bloated clown, ate the pizza without thinking twice! The Reddit crowd says the camera wasn’t rolling, so he had to consume it again. In 2014, Leguizamo cleared things up with a tweet saying that he did eat pizza from the trash for the movie.
Henry Cavill Moved Into a New Body for ‘The Witcher’
In filmmaking, actors have the luxury of going back to their normal routines once the shoot winds down. Not so for TV roles. When Henry Cavill signed up for the Netflix series “The Witcher” he took on an enduring workout and diet regimen.
He had to build a significant mass of muscle weight. He says this is required when he is doing a fight scene with a weighted sword, as swords are heavy and tax endurance. But he enjoys being in shape. “I’m in the best shape of my life,” Cavill said.