Dustin Hoffman, Marathon Man
On the surface, the life of an actor appears to be a glamorous one. You get to live where the weather’s always beautiful in beautiful houses with beautiful people. Not bad! It’s not all just handed to you, though. There is an uglier side to being an actor, one that only lasts a little while and you get handsomely paid for, but still, especially in relation to the rest of their lives, it’s pretty ugly. This comparatively less-attractive side of the craft, of course, being getting into character. There seems to be no limit to where an actor will go physically or emotionally to become one with their character.
See for yourself!
Adrien Brody, The Pianist
Daniel Day-Lewis, The Crucible
Robert DeNiro, Taxi Driver
Werner Herzog, Heart of Glass
Billy Bob Thornton, Sling Blade
Nicolas Cage, Ghost Rider
Christian Bale, The Machinist
Charlie Sheen, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Meryl Streep, Kramer vs. Kramer
Nicolas Cage, Leaving Las Vegas
Nicolas Cage, Birdy
Val Kilmer, The Doors
Daniel Day-Lewis, My Left Foot
Supporting Cast, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Next
Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland
Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, The French Connection
Harrison Ford, The Fugitive
Steve McQueen, Le Mans
Jared Leto, Chapter 27
Wow. Some of these are even crazier than shelling out $13 for a movie ticket.