Look How Skinny Jake Gyllenhaal Is! 5 Other Celebs Who Changed Weight For A Role

24 July 2014 by

Bad news guys, there’s now slightly less of Jake Gyllenhaal to love. He lost 20 pounds to play TV crime reporter Lou Bloom in his new film Nightcrawler, pictures of which have been released today. Jake looks much more gaunt than we’re used to, and admitted last October that when he was preparing for the role he got into a ‘mode where I was always a bit hungry.’

And he isn’t the only celeb who’s adapted his eating habits for a part, this lot did it too:

Renee Zellweger


Renee gained 30 pounds to play Bridget Jones – twice, including the sequel. Maybe the reason the franchise hasn’t been turned into a trilogy yet is because she just can’t face another donut. At the time, Renee said: ‘I had a panic attack with all the specialists talking about how bad this is for you long-term, putting on that much weight in short periods of time.’

Charlize Theron


Charlize won an Oscar playing serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, after gaining 30 pounds for the role. Explaining her transformation, she said: ‘It wasn't about getting fat. Aileen wasn't fat. Aileen carried scars on her body from her lifestyle, and if I'd gone to make this movie with my body—physically I'm very athletic—I don't know that I would have felt the things Aileen felt with her body. It was about getting to a place where I felt closer to how Aileen was living.’

George Clooney


George also gained an Oscar when he piled on 30 pounds to play a terrorist in Syriana. Matt Damon said of his friend, ‘He had put on all that weight and he was really depressed. George is a really active guy and he couldn't move around. He had to just sit there. I've never seen him like that. He's normally the life of the party, but he was really depressed.’

Matthew McConaughey

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Matthew McConaughey ‘lived like a bit of a hermit for four months’ in order to lose 38 pounds for his Oscar-winning role in Dallas Buyers Club. ‘I found it actually made my mind sharper’, he said.  ‘So I needed three hours less sleep a night. I told my friends, ‘Now’s a good time to wrestle me!’’

Anne Hathaway

Anne lost 25 pounds to play Fantine in Les Misérables, and said, ‘I didn’t think I would be able to keep going without collapsing. But I had to appear dead.’ Anne also won an Oscar for her portrayel. Do we see a pattern emerging?


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