As Chris Hemsworth’s shockingly slimmed-down physique takes center stage in the seafaring survivalist tale In the Heart of the Sea — in theaters Friday — we gathered together other actors who dramatically transformed their bodies for a movie role. Click through to see the results.
Women in Hollywood often complain about the lack of good roles. Surely accomplished actresses like Meryl Streep have had no trouble landing excellent parts, but in an industry where females are often viewed as counterparts or love interests instead of leads, it can be hard for ladies to play the complex characters they desire. But slap on a wig, a prosthetic nose, a dowdy outfit, or an extra 20 pounds and you’ve got yourself an Oscar nomination. Many actresses now vie for the roles involving physical transformations since they generate buzz and so often lead to accolades and trophies.