Many actors have taken extensive measures to prepare for movie roles, such as Austin Butler training for 3 years for his role as Elvis, Jim Carrey being trained by a CIA expert for 8 hours of Grinch make-up prep, Jared Leto meting with doctors and patients for Morbius, Shia LaBeouf taking an acid trip for Charlie Countryman, Kate Winslet reading bedtime stories in German for The Reader, Nicolas Cage pulling out his own teeth for Birdy, and Robert De Niro grinding down and sharpening his teeth for Cape Fear.
Val Kilmer memorized 50 songs for The Doors, and Daniel Day-Lewis even lived in a period house with no electricity or water for The Crucible. Robert Pattinson masturbated for real for Little Ashes, and Sean Penn slapped John Leguizamo for real for Casualties Of War, while Gary Oldman smoked 12 cigars a day for Darkest Hour, giving him nicotine poisoning.
Here’s all that, and more.
Jim Carrey: CIA-trained for eight hours of Grinch torture.
Jared Leto: Method actor to the extreme.
Robert Pattinson’s O-face: immortalized.
Cage: No role too extreme!
De Niro takes commitment to a whole new level.
Nick Nolte: No role too gritty.
Robert Pattinson: Method actor extraordinaire.
Researching the role, one step at a time.
Val Kilmer: No stone unturned.
Merry Christmas, Gary!
Daniel Day-Lewis: living like it’s 1692.
LaBeouf takes tripping to a whole new level.
John Leguizamo is still feeling the sting of Sean Penn’s slap, decades later.