1. Daniel Day-Lewis refused to get out of his wheelchair while he filmed My Left Foot and damaged two ribs because of it — he insisted that the crew spoon-feed him.

Daniel Day-Lewis on the red carpet and Daniel in a wheelchair in the movie My Left Foot.
Because real-life artist Christy Brown could only control his left foot, Daniel also learned how to paint using a knife that he held between his toes.

2. Hilary Swank tried to “pass as a boy” by cutting her hair, binding her breasts, speaking in a lower register, and putting socks down the front of her pants while she prepared to play trans man Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry.

Hilary Swank on the red carpet and Hilary playing Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry
Hilary went on to win an Oscar for her performance in the film, but in 2020 she said she felt a trans actor “would obviously be a lot more right for the role.

3. Lady Gaga “lived” as Patrizia Reggiani for a “year and a half” and only spoke in an Italian accent for nine of those months while filming House of Gucci.

Lady Gaga on the red carpet and Lady Gaga playing Patrizia in House of Gucci

She told British Vogue, “It is three years since I started working on it, and I will be fully honest and transparent: I lived as [Reggiani] for a year and a half. And I spoke with an accent for nine months of that. Off-camera. I never broke. I stayed with her.”

4. Jamie Foxx wore prosthetic eyelids so his eyes would be glued shut for 14 hours on filming days while he played Ray Charles in the movie Ray.

Jamie Foxx on the red carpet and Jamie with sunglasses on playing the piano in the movie Ray

He told the New York Times that he experienced panic attacks during the first two weeks of filming before he became accustomed to the “unsettling, claustrophobic feeling.” He even shared that cast and crewmates often forgot that he couldn’t see and they’d accidentally “leave him sitting alone at a table after lunch on the assumption that he could get back to the set on his own.”

5. Leonardo DiCaprio slept inside of an animal carcass, ate raw bison meat, and was on the brink of hypothermia all while playing Hugh Glass in The Revenant.

Leonardo DiCaprio on the red carpet and Leo playing Hugh Glass in The Revenant

However, in real life, Leo is strictly a vegetarian.

6. Robert Pattinson masturbated on set to completion while portraying Salvador Dalí in Little Ashes.

When asked why he didn’t just fake it for the camera Robert shared, “[It} just doesn’t work, so I pleasured myself in front of the camera.”

7. Ashton Kutcher gave himself pancreatitis and was hospitalized twice (!!!!) while preparing to play Steve Jobs in Jobs.

Ashton on the red carpet and Ashton posing in front of a computer dressed as Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was known to be a “fruitarian,” and lived on a mainly fruit diet, which Ashton tried to replicate. His wife Mila Kunis explained, “He was so dumb. He…only ate grapes at one point…we ended up in the hospital twice. With pancreatitis! It was really dumb!”

8. Charlize Theron wore dentures, shaved off her eyebrows, had her hair thinned out and fried repeatedly, and gained 30 pounds to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster.

Charlize Theron on the red carpet and Charlize as Aileen Wuornos holding a bottle of beer

She said, “This wasn’t a game we were playing called ‘Let’s try to make Charlize look ugly.’ I didn’t want it to look like a caricature. I just wanted it to look like Aileen.”

9. Forest Whitaker stayed in character while playing Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland even off set — it was so intense his family stopped speaking to him.

Forest Whitaker on the red carpet and Forest yelling into a microphone as Idi Amin.

He also learned how to speak Swahili and primarily ate mashed bananas and beans.

10. Margot Robbie trained in ice skating for five hours a day, five days a week, for five months to play Tonya Harding in I, Tonya — she worked herself so hard she got a herniated disk in her neck.

Margot Robbie on the red carpet and Margot crying about her skates dressed as Tonya Harding

She said, “When you’re a kid, you’re fearless, but starting at 26 years old, I had a lot of fear.”

11. Joaquin Phoenix totally abandoned his own sense of self, refused to talk to his family, and only lived as Johnny Cash for the entirety of filming Walk the Line.

Joaquin Phoenix on the red carpet and Joaquin singing as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line.

He said, “I abandon my life when I work. I don’t wear the clothes or listen to the music that defines who I am. I don’t communicate with friends or family. It sounds intense, but it’s the process of getting there that is really hard.”

12. Jennifer Lopez slept in Selena Quintanilla’s bed while she prepared to portray the singer in Selena.

Jennifer Lopez on the red carpet and J.Lo singing into a mic as Selena.

“I soaked up everything, I watched every interview that I could,” she said. “I slept in her bed at home. I talked to the whole family. I spent time with them. It can be melancholy and beautiful at the same time.”

13. Adrien Brody gave up his apartment, sold his car, disconnected his phones, and lost 30 pounds on a crash diet in order to play Wladyslaw Szpilman in The Pianist.

Adrien Brody on the red carpet and Adrian playing the piano in The Pianist

“I was missing everyone and everything good,” he told BBC News. “But that put me right in the character. I want to feel that I’m experiencing something, I want to feel the journey, and I felt it.” Even after the film, it took him “over half a year” to get settled again.

14. Gary Oldman gave himself nicotine poisoning after smoking $20,000 worth of Winston Churchill’s favorite cigars for Darkest Hour.

Gary Oldman on the red carpet and Gary with a cigar in his mouth as Winston Churchill

Gary even went on to say, “You can’t have Winston Churchill without a cigar.”

15. Colin Firth developed headaches, a pinched nerve in his arm, and a stutter of his own after portraying George VI in The King’s Speech.

Colin Firth on the red carpet and him as King George VI in The King's Speech.

“I had to learn to stammer and then play someone trying desperately not to. It put my left arm to sleep – it was very peculiar. I must have been locking something, pinching a nerve. It was a semi-paralysis that would last for three or four days,” he explained. “Derek Jacobi said to me: ‘You could find it affecting your speech patterns for some time afterward. When the job’s over, don’t worry, it will go away.'”

16. Val Kilmer got so immersed in playing Jim Morrison in The Doors that he needed to get therapy just so he could come out of character.

Val Kilmer on the red carpet and Val singing as Jim Morrison

Fans and even bandmates mistook Val for the real Jim Morrison on numerous occasions and some even have tattoos of him. He said, “It still boggles me to this day to see people with a tattoo of me playing him and not knowing it isn’t Jim. Happens more than you think.”

17. And finally, Christian Bale got a $3,000 neck exercise machine so he could thicken his neck to look like Dick Cheney’s for Vice.

Christian Bale on the red carpet and Christian as Dick Cheney

He also learned a bunch about heart attacks and his research actually saved director Adam McKay’s life during one.

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Source: BuzzFeed

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