10 Actors Who Took Their Roles Too Seriously

December 19, 2013

1.Christian Bale


Christian Bale played a role in the film The Machinist. He was advised that the extreme weight loss was seriously hazardous for his health from professionals. However, the actor pushed forward and went ahead with the dangerous measures for his role in the movie anyway.

2. Robert DeNiro


Robert DeNiro took with character Max Cady in the film Cape Fear so extremely that he invested $20,000 to have a dentist make his teeth look like he had been imprisoned for many years. It helped because this is revered as one of the best character portrayals in history.

3. Channing Tatum


Channing Tatum had to work through hours of waxing to get the ultra smooth chest that he showed off in the hit film Magic Mike. It was hard work but so many women are thankful for his commitment to the role.

4. Heath Ledger


Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight actually secluded himself for a month away from any and all people in a hotel room so that he could craft the laugh for his role as the Joker. Can you imagine walking by his room and hearing various evil laughs all through out the night?

5. 50 Cent


Rapper 50 Cent was cast in a role for the movie All Things Fall Apart where he was a cancer patient who was losing the battle. He lost so much weight that he actually became emaciated for the film. The trouble is that not too many saw the film in theatres; however, the photos are chilling.

6. Tom Hanks


Tom Hanks took his role exceedingly seriously for his character in Castaway. He lost over 50 pounds; he grew his hair out, got a blood infection that required surgery due to his prolonged exposure to being in water up to his neck. He really went so far that he put his own life at risk.

7. Halle Berry


Halle Berry did not bathe or shower for fourteen days to get in the mindset of her role in Jungle Fever. She is beautiful, but even pretty people start to smell after two full weeks, this must have been a serious challenge.

8. Natalie Portman


Natalie Portman dropped a ridiculous amount of weight for her small frame and trained extensively for her character’s portrayal in Black Swan. She wanted it to be as legitimate as possible. Therefore, she actually became a ballerina to play one.

9. Daniel Day Lewis


Danile Day Lewis took all of his roles very seriously. However, in The Crucible he actually had the etching tattoos put on his chest for real even when they could have put removable symbols there.

Then in My Left Foot he ended up breaking one of his ribs by accident from staying stationary in the wheelchair for periods of time that are too long.

10. Jim Carrey


Jim Carrey actually took the roll of playing Andy Kaufman in The Man on the Moon so seriously that he pushed his friends and family away from him during the entire filming of the movie. This film ended up becoming a cult classic even though it did not do that great on ticket sales in the box office.

9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Public_Man February 14, 2014 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure that Cage’s bankruptcy qualifies as a bad professional choice. Tragic that he was taken advantage of but doubtful that it has had an impact on his impressive career.

    • BarryRand July 26, 2015 at 3:24 am - Reply

      I agree. Many talented people go thru Bankruptcy—in the old English common law and in the USA its a legal way to get a fresh start. I think that a guy as talented as Mr. Cage will find his way back–I really hope so–he was AWESOME in Gone in 60 Seconds….I watch that movie about once a year–and the supporting cast was fantastic too—OH THAT ANGELENA

  2. MrEd13 February 11, 2014 at 7:47 am - Reply

    Wahlberg made the right choice. He’s a heterosexual with a CAPITAL H. I wouldn’t do it it either, play a a homosexual, that is. I doubt Donnie would do it, either. BTW, gay is an English word meaning happy. Nobody’s sexual preference alone makes you happy. So, if you MEAN homosexual, SAY homosexual.

    • BarryRand July 26, 2015 at 3:21 am - Reply

      I think you are right in a way. Had Brokeback been made even in the 1970’s or 80’s the careers of Heath Ledger and
      Jake Gyllenhaal would have been crushed. Back in the 1950’s
      several screen major stars had their careers ruined. Rock Hudson was in the closet even when dying of AIDS..I am not sure if he came out on his death bed but it shows how paranoid those gay men were until the late 1990s

  3. Oahu Hawaii February 10, 2014 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Didn’t Harry Connick, Jr. chip his tooth for the movie “Copycat”?

    • Glenn Davey February 12, 2014 at 5:03 am - Reply

      No, you’re thinking of Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber

      • BDJ April 15, 2014 at 8:08 pm - Reply

        Actually, Connick, Jr. did chip his tooth. The role Carrey made famous was not on purpose, but rather Carrey voluntarily removing the cap from his tooth.

  4. Rana pipiens February 9, 2014 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Tom Selleck turned down Indiana Jones to do Magnum PI (actually he had no choice, he was contractually obligated). I think he was a much better fit for Magnum.

  5. Mercy2000 January 11, 2014 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Most of these movies mentioned here would have gone unnoticed if they had included these actors who turned them down. One actor can make a HUGE difference.

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