Eddie Redmayne won a Best Actor Academy Award for his role as Lili Elbe in “The Danish Girl.” The movie, based on David Ebershoff’s novel, tells the real-life story of artist Elbe who was born male in 1882 and became a female in 1920, in what is considered to be the first known sex change.
To look the part, Eddie Redmayne talked to people from the transgender community. He lost a lot of weight by eating only breakfast and a small snack at lunch. Significant help came from make-up artist Jan Sewell who painted the gradual change onto Redmayne’s face.
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.
Andra Day Took on Extreme Measures in ‘The United States Vs. Billie Holiday’
“The United States Vs. Billie Holiday” is a 2021 biopic about the true story of jazz singer Billie Holiday being targeted by the government in the 1940s. Andra Day lost a significant amount of weight, at least 39 pounds, to appear as the legendary crooner.
She even picked up smoking cigarettes and drinking, which she does not recommend! Day said she absorbed herself in the suffering and trauma of the “Strange Fruit” singer and it took a personal toll.
Natalie Portman Bulked Up for “Thor: Love and Thunder”
Most people focus on Chris Hemsworth’s arms when Thor is around, but in “Thor: Love and Thunder” Natalie Portman’s guns stole the show. Her arms were noticeably bigger this time around and it took her ten months to add on that muscle.
Her workouts consisted of boxing, weightlifting, jump rope, and crunches, and had to switch her typically vegan diet around to include more protein for the bulk. Sadly, the two co-stars did not work out together. They only shared some gym banter while preparing for filming.
Halle Berry Punched Up for Her Role in “Bruised”
Halle Berry is no stranger to getting in shape for her roles; she did play Catwoman before. But this transformation goes above and beyond that. For her recent role in the MMA movie, “Bruised” Halle got into the best shape of her life.
As seen in her 6-pack abs she posted on Instagram, Halle Berry looked great and her followers agree. She trained 4 hours a day with her trainer and was doing high-intensity MMA-style workouts, plyometrics, and boxing which all helped her prepare for the role.