12 Most Shocking Transformations For Movie Roles
10. Edward Norton — American History X
Another film that has somehow fallen through the cracks after being one of the most talked about at the turn of the century, Edward Norton offered a master class on arrogance, pride, regret and redemption in American History X. The film has never been more important, and regardless of director Tony Kaye hating it, and wanting to pull his hands from the finished product, it stands strong in the realm of independent film. It also garnered Edward an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Derek Vinyard. Derek was a skinhead, neo-Nazi, who strutted with a group of thugs that ruled his Venice, CA, neighborhood with hatred and violence. Ed put impressive muscle on his frame to up the level of intimidation–while also portraying the thin, unassuming high school Derek through flashbacks–and it was an eye opener as to who Edward Norton was as an actor.
9. Tom Hanks — Swept Away
Tom Hanks is another individual who can pack on some pounds, and take off some pounds for his various roles. Oftentimes, Tom plays the antihero, and he was the individual who redefined what a Hollywood leading man could be. When he agreed to do the film Cast Away with Robert Zemeckis, Tom knew the physical and emotional challenges of the role would be extreme. He worked a lot in isolation, and within the course of filming, it was necessary to grow one mangy looking beard, lose a ton of weight, be clean cut, clean shaven and too well fed all within a few months. For those who haven’t seen the film, it’s staggering to see what he pulled off for a single film. The only person to do it more impressively is sitting at number 3.