15 Celebrities Who Went on Extreme Diets for a Movie Role

Celebrities are no strangers to changing their looks for a role. And in some instances, they have to get pretty extreme. From 500-calorie-a-day diets to drinking pints of ice cream, these actors and actresses know what it takes to change their bodies in preparation for a new film.

Whether it was weight loss or weight gain, here are the celebrities who weren’t afraid to go to extremes. And don’t miss the one actor who had to gain a ton of weight in a short period of time to play a character (No. 9).

1. Natalie Portman for Black Swan

Natalie Portman in Black Swan

Natalie Portman in Black Swan | Cross Creek Pictures

  • She dropped 20 pounds for her role. 

She won an Oscar for her portrayal of a troubled ballerina in Black Swan — and her dedication and extreme diet proved worth it in the end. E! News reports Natalie Portman practiced for up to 16 hours a day. As for her diet, she said she was barely eating — and there were reportedly some nights she thought she might die from being so thin.

Portman did her best to mimic the actual diet of a New York ballerina, which typically consisted of “a small salad for lunch, a small amount of nuts, fruit and nothing in the evening.”

Next: This actress did the complete opposite of Portman.

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