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Comic Book Movie Stars You Never Knew Were Method Actors

Method Acting is a form of acting where the actor gets so ingrained into the character he or she is playing that they star losing connection to their real life counterparts. When we talk about Method Actors, Celebrities like Daniel Day-Lewis, Heath Ledger and Christian Bale pop into our head. But they are not the only ones. The comic book movie genre has featured many such incredibly passionate method actors that took their roles way too seriously.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey has been making us laugh since the 1980’s. His comic book movie career began and ended with Batman Forever. He played a very lovable Riddler in the film. Carrey is an ardent believer in method acting. When he heard the news that he had been roped in for his iconic role in Man On The Moon, he immediately started getting into character. Things went out out of control pretty soon. He forced people to call him Andy, put a bag over his head while driving a car, and demanded to meet Steven Spielberg while he was on set for shooting another movie.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry had the bad luck of starring in the incredibly bad Catwoman movie. Before she was a mega star, Berry’s breakout role was in 1991’s Jungle Fever. She played the supporting role of a Drug Addict. To prepare herself for the role, Berry visited a crack den and took notes from actual junkies. Before coming to set, she did not take a bath for two weeks. Berry won numerous accolades for her portrayal of Vivian.

Jamie Foxx

Foxx portrayed the role of Electro in Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man movies. He is set to return for the role in the MCU. He has also won an Oscar for his portrayal of the titular character in the movie Ray. Foxx decided to literally glue his eyes to blind himself like the character is. He lost close to 30 punds for the movie. Jamie Foxx even went so far as to ask his dentist to chip his teeth because he thought his teeth looked too perfect to play the lead protagonist.

Natalie Portman

She has won numerous accolades in the film industry ever since she was a child actor. Portman is Jane Foster of the MCU and will be starring as the character in Thor: Love And Thunder. For her role in Black Swan, Portman trained intensively for eight hours to look and sound like an authentic ballerina. She ate very little and claimed the role almost “took [her] down.”

Michael B Jordan

From Chronicle to Creed and the Black Panther, Michael B Jordan is one of the most sought after celebrities in the world right now. For his role of Erik Killmonger in Black Panther, Jordan had to isolate himself and shut down his emotions. He ended up becoming bitter and negative. People loved Joran’s portrayal but it pushed the actor into a very dark place. He was forced to take therapy to drive himself out of that hole. Fortunately therapy sessions helped him return to normal. Method Acting does have its side effects.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.