26 Wild Ways Actors Prepared For Roles

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Acting is a skill, and like any skill, the people who do it professionally have certain tricks they use to get better at it. That's not surprising. What is surprising is how brain-punchingly weird those tricks can be.

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You'd think the craziest thing Shia LaBeouf did for Fury was cuttting his own face open. But LaBeouf also joined the United States National Guard, got

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26 Wild Ways Actors Prepared For Roles

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In Rabbit Hole Aaron Eckhart is a mourning father who lost his son. To get the feel, Eckhart attended a support group and made up a story...pretending

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Ashton Kutcher went on the fruitarian diet for Jobs. He wound up in the hospital with pancreas issues. CRACKED CON

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Robert Pattinson acted like a weirdo to prepare for his role as a robber in Good Time. He lived in a basement apartment, just like his character, and

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CRACKED COM THE MACHINIST In order to portray the anorexic lead in The Machinist, Christian Bale went on a diet consisting only of cigarettes and whis

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Meryl Streep wanted to have the perfect Polish accent in Sophie's Choice... So she learned Polish (And German)

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To prepare for his roles as Kikuchiyo in The Seven Samurai and Tajomaru in Rashomon, Mifune Toshiro studied films of lions to imitate their menacing p

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To get into character as a demon biker in Ghost Rider, Nicolas Cage sewed a small sarcophagus into his jacket, as a power object. It was a greenish

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LesMiserables For the near-death look of Fantine in Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway ate only two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste a day.

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CRACKED COM THE MASTER To talk out of the sides of his mouth in The Master, Joaquin Phoenix had brackets attached to his top and bottom teeth and wrap


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THEGIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Rooney Mara shaved part of her head and had her eyebrow and nipple pierced for The Girl With The Dragon Tat'too.

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CRACKEDco COM Daniel Radcliffe listened to Megadeth and A Place To Bury Strangers on repeat before doing his scenes in Horns. He believed that was how


To perfect his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek hired a dialect coach, a movement coach, and learned how to sing and play pian

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IIDEO Brad Pitt and Edward Norton learned how to make soap for Fight Club. Norton estimated that they spent more time learning how to make soap with a


For his role in Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk wasn't just pretending as a Cinnabon worker; he knew what he was doing. That's because he was trained b

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To really get into character as an 82-year-old guy in Suspiria, Tilda Swinton had the makeup department make a prosthetic penis and balls she could we

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To prepare to play the giant ape in King Kong through motion capture, Andy Serkis spent a year studying apes and visiting CRAGH the London Zoo. He als

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena would go on ride-alongs with the LAPD for five CRACKED.COM months to be ready to play cops in the film End of Watch.

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To show commitment to his role as lord in a drug Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston learned how to cook meth from the DEA chemistry consultants on the show.

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To play the great British painter J.M.W Turner, Timothy Spall CAKA Peter Pettigrew in Harry Potter) trained with a watercolorist, on and off, for two

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MISSIDN: IMPOSSIBLE RIGUE NATIDN Tom Cruise trained with a professional diver for weeks to learn to hold his breath for around 6 1/2 minutes for an un

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Andy Robinson kept an in character journal to get into the mindset of Garak from Deep Space 9. The background material he wrote for the character was