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How Far Would You Go? - Part 1
Celebrity Grab Bag
"Many stars have gone to great lengths to immerse themselves in their roles, some even altering their appearances. I'll tell you the role and the change that the star made to play that role, and you tell me who the star in question is."
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I gained 20 lbs. for my role as a thirty-something, slightly overweight Englishwoman who drinks too much, smokes too much, keeps a written record of it all, and is desperate to find true love with someone who likes me "just as I am.". I lost the weight afterwards, but had to regain it for the sequel.
When I played the heavy-drinking Ben Sanderson, I prepared myself for the role by going on drinking binges and filming myself while drunk, so that I could study my speaking patterns. I also visited and interviewed many recovering alcoholics, to try and understand the addiction that drives them.
I went to Rwanda and lived for a while with wild gorillas so that I could more effectively play Dian Fossey.
Okay, so I did get breast implants just before I played the role of Dorothy Stratten, but I didn't just get them for the movie. At least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it!
I gained 30 lbs. for my role of real-life killer Aileen Carol Wuornos, a hard-bitten prostitute who was executed for killing six of her clients, and another man whose only crime was trying to help her. These crimes occurred in Florida in the 1980's.
I trained six days a week for thirteen weeks to get all pumped up to reprise my role of Sarah Connor.
I gained an amazing 60 lbs. for my role of Jake LaMotta, a fighter whose angry, violent approach to life made him a force to be reckoned with in the ring, but didn't bode well for a happy personal life.
Robert De Niro
In preparation for my role of Angel, a stripper at the Blue Iguana, I spent a fair amount of time in strip joints, talking to and filming different strippers. In fact, I even had a little practice stripping myself, in a club in L.A.
I am well known for the intensity with which I immerse myself in my roles. I have dressed in drag, which really isn't that big of a deal anymore, and kept myself awake for days on end so that I would really look tired. For my role as Jack Crabb, an old man of 121 years, who is looking back over the major events of his life, I screamed for over five hours straight, to give my voice that raspy, papery sound of the very old.
I lost 45 lbs. to play Andrew Beckett, an AIDS victim fighting wrongful dismissal, and 55 lbs. years later when I played Chuck Noland, a stranded FedEx executive.
In one of my (Christmas) roles (to tell you the name would make it too easy!) I wore a costume that was so green, and so difficult shall we say, that I had to take some lessons in pain management from a Navy diver in order to successfully cope with the discomfort.
I am one of those method actors, who so immerses himself in his roles, that I have learned Czech to play Tomas, and spent weeks living in a wheel chair to play physically challenged writer Christy Brown.
Daniel Day Lewis
In preparation for my debut role (in 1950) as a paralyzed WWII veteran, I spent a month lying flat on my back in a veteran's hospital.
I shaved my head bald, and took a grueling two week Navy Seals Training Course for my role as Lt. Jordan O'Neil.
I lost 50 lbs. to achieve a haunted, holocaust survivor look for my role as Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Jewish musician who manages to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto during WWII.
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