In the film “Million Dollar Baby”, Swank portrays Macushla (well, that was Clint Eastwood’s name for her in the film), a female boxer. But even Eastwood was worrying about Swank’s obsession with training — she spent six days a week in the gym, and gained almost 20 pounds of muscle!
But it was the fact that when a huge blister on her foot popped — and she didn’t stop — that there was cause for actual worry. Apparently, the doctor confirmed that she was just hours from a potentially fatal staph infection reaching her heart. My goodness!
Peter O’Toole — Lawrence Of Arabia
The 1962 historical epic, "Lawrence Of Arabia" is a 4-hour film of people in the desert. While it is representative of great cinema, it's natural to assume it wasn’t always smooth sailing on set. Peter O’Toole, who starred in the lead role, was crushed by a herd of camels.
The actor fell off his camel and couldn’t get up again. Fortunately, his camel shielded him from the trampling
Eddie Redmayne — The Danish Girl
It’s no surprise that Redmayne is on this list — he’s become rather well known for his foray into method acting. One of his films, “The Danish Girl”, where he plays transgender artist Lili Elbe, meant he was researching the role for two years before he even knew it was officially his to play!
He also interviewed many trans women, absorbing their stories, as well as an ex-colleague of his, Lana Wachowski (director of “The Matrix”), and gaining insights. He said it was a learning curve because he had always traditionally associated gender with sexuality.
Forest Whitaker — The Last King of Scotland
In the film, “The Last King of Scotland”, Forest Whitaker went really deep with his research and portrayal of Ugandan Idi Amin. He went as far as gaining over 50 pounds, learning Swahili, and getting Amin’s dialect down.
That was something which actually took time for the actor to literally yell himself out of — “it wasn’t until the movie was over that I decided I could let go of the character […] I started yelling to get his voice out of me and get my own voice back.” Boy oh boy, that’s kinda scary!
Jared Leto — Dallas Buyers Club
Jared Leto. The greatness knows no end for this method actor! To get into character as a trans woman in the film, “Dallas Buyers Club”, Leto lost a heap of weight, waxed his body, and stayed in drag even off of the set.
He consulted with trans people to make his character more authentic, and his portrayal was so good, that he won the Oscar, Golden Globe, AND SAG Award for Best Supporting Actor. Adding this film to our list!