Hollywood has plenty of glitz and glamor moments, especially on a film premiere’s red carpet. Awards season glory, however, does not come easily. Over the years, actors and actresses have worked hard to become chameleons, believable in any role they take on. They change their bodies and drastically alter their overall appearance to entirely transform into the character they’re portraying. Some gained or lost muscle or weight, while other chopped off their locks or spent hours in the makeup chair.
Whatever the transformation was, we compiled the most incredible actor transformations that continue to wow us.
1. Jake Gyllenhaal, Southpaw (2015)
Gyllenhaal is a versatile actor, known for his roles in everything from Donnie Darko to Brokeback Mountain. To play the character of Billy “The Great” Hope in Southpaw, the star needed to pack on muscle. The transformation took five months of super-intense training and a strict diet.
During that time, Gyllenhaal took on the daily routine, workouts, and meals of real-life boxers, gaining 22 pounds of muscle. The results were astounding: Gyllenhaal disappeared into his character and could easily be mistaken for a real-life fighter.