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, we are not going to lie – that’s pretty scary.
House of Gucci (2021)
Lady Gaga is an incredibly talented singer-songwriter who has taken on the challenging role of Patrizia Reggiani in Ridley Scott's "House of Gucci." The character is notorious for plotting the murder of her husband, Maurizio Gucci, and Gaga's performance promises to be a tour de force.
In preparation for the role, the singer revealed to British Vogue that she spent over a year living as her character both on and off the set. This level of immersion is not uncommon in the world of method acting, but it did cause some concern for Gaga's friends and family, who noticed that she became somewhat disconnected from reality.
The Revenant (2015)
Leonardo DiCaprio is known for being a method actor, completely committing to his roles in every film he's been a part of, and 2015's "The Revenant" was no exception. DiCaprio played Hugh Glass, a tough frontiersman that is badly injured by a bear attack and abandoned by his crew to survive in the wilderness on his own.
To fully embody the character, DiCaprio decided to stick to a purely raw meat diet (which was especially hard, considering he's a vegan) and sleep in real animal carcasses. Now, that's commitment. And this dedication ultimately landed him his first Academy Award win for Best Actor. And he has never looked back.
Ben Kingsley (Gandhi 1982)
Ben Kingsley, who said he was “frightened but determined to get the role,” also said he had little time to prepare for it. “I was offered the role in September, left for India in October and started shooting in November,” Kingsley recalls. Once he arrived at the land of the Mahatma, he completely immersed himself. “I practiced yoga in the morning...In the evenings I did my shoots and, in the night, I took spinning classes,” Kingsley explained.
Learning to spin thread with an authentic wooden spinning machine, Kingsley thought, would be better than trying to fake it on automated spinning machines. Beyond those efforts, Kingsley shaved his head and lost 20 pounds, authentically, by abiding by Gandhi’s vegetarian diet.
Captain Phillips (2013)
This 2013 movie depicts Tom Hanks as a merchant mariner whose boat was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. It did well at the box office, pulling in over $218 million against a $55 million budget. The real-life captain was a merchant mariner and author who served as captain of the MV Maersk Alabama during its hijacking by Somali pirates in 2009.
Captain Phillips has an impressive 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and was nominated for six Academy Awards, and four Golden Globes including Best Picture, and Best Actor for Hanks’ performance. Those who were really aboard the Maersk Alabama when it was hijacked say the film depicts the captain as being much more heroic than he actually was.