It’s no doubt that great actors and actresses dedicate themselves to their work and deliver the best performances possible, but obviously, sometimes actors do over-the-top things to leave no stone unturned while giving their best. Here we have compiled a list of 10 actors that did unusual things to prepare for their roles.
1) Michelle Williams
For her role as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn, actress Michelle Williams tied her knees together with a belt to accurately walk like Marilyn Monroe.
2) Aaron Eckhart
To accurately portray a mourning father in Rabbit Hole, actor Aaron Eckhart attended a support group with a made-up story where he lost a child.
3) Robert Pattinson
To prepare for his role as a robber in Good Time, actor Robert Pattinson lived like his character, in a basement apartment, kept the curtains closed for 2 months. He also joked about having mercury poisoning.
4) Christian Bale
To play the anorexic lead in The Machinist, Christian Bale went on a diet that only consisted of whiskey and cigarettes.
5) Anne Hathway
For her look in Les Misérables, Anne Hathway ate only “two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day”.
6) Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix had brackets attached to his top and bottom teeth and wrapped together with rubber bands to talk out of the sides of his mouth in The Master.
7) Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams
Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams lived with their on-screen daughter like a family for a month to prepare for their roles in Blue Valentine.
8) Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe listened to Megadeth and A Place To Bury Strangers on repeat before doing his scenes in Horns. He believed that this was how the inside of his head would sound like if he was sprouting horns.
9) Rami Malek
Rami Malek hired a dialect coach, a movement coach, learned how to sing and play piano, and watched footage of Mercury for four hours every day to accurately portray Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
10) Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise trained with a professional diver and eventually managed to hold his breath for six and half minutes. He then shot an underwater scene without cuts in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.