Actors Who Were Never The Same After A Role

  • Published on:  7/9/2017
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    We've all had tough days at the office. But some actors, dedicated to giving it their all, took their work a few steps too far. Though these critically-acclaimed, often award-winning performances are a delight to watch, the experience of preparing for and recovering from these roles did a number on the actors involved, and left a lasting impression — not always for the positive. Here are several actors who went the extra mile for their craft…

    Isabelle Adjani - Possession | 0:21
    Adrien Brody - The Pianist | 0:50
    Colin Firth - The King's Speech | 1:39
    Hugh Laurie - House | 2:36
    Bob Hoskins - Who Framed Roger Rabbit | 3:33
    Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight | 4:12
    Charlie Hunnam - American TV & Movies | 4:58
    Janet Leigh – Psycho | 6:03
    James Cromwell - Babe | 6:33
    Christopher McDonald - Happy Gilmore | 7:31

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  • Looper (Jul 10, 2017)

    What other actors should've made this list?

  • caitlinjane92 (Apr 11, 2019)

    Farrah Fawcett when she starred in the controversial 1986 drama "Extremities." From what I heard, though the movie helped her escape from being typecast as a "dumb blonde" as she had been when doing "Charlie's Angels," doing that film messed her up psychologically and she unfortunately got typecast again in movies and TV shows she did afterwards, but this time as a "troubled/disturbed woman." I've seen the movie more than once and I can't help but get the feelin...

  • clevelandphil (Apr 9, 2019)

    +JaxxyJax W The Diary Of Anne Frank, Summertime and The Birds.

  • Terry Bruce (Mar 5, 2018)

    I have wondered how actors ever remember who they really are...always pretending to be someone else.

  • Berni Simmons (Mar 29, 2019)

    That's what makes them so flakey. They should not express any thought unless they are reading a script.

  • kcvriess (Aug 8, 2018)

    I miss Heath Ledger. His portrayal of the Joker was phenomenal, but he had the potential to do so much more.

  • Uli Reinhart (Feb 26, 2019)

    Me too I miss him 😭😭😭😭😭😭

  • Guus Jacobs (Oct 23, 2018)

    almost any role of Christian Bale would not be out of place in this list

  • Maritza Piccarillo (Feb 24, 2019)

    Out of the furnace Fighter Empire of the sun.....and he was a kid! Impressive acting for a child!

  • Cathleen Cooks (Feb 13, 2019)

    Now that Daniel Day Lewis is retired Christian Bale is the undisputed thespian of immersing himself in a role. 2 extraordinary talents.

  • Battlea (Aug 15, 2018)

    Um Jim Caveizel from passion of the Christ should be on here, his life completely changed after that, being hit by lightning, having open heart surgery, etc...he should be number 1

  • The Black Kaiser (Apr 2, 2019)

    We all have crosses to bear. I think JC would be fine with Jim’s portrayal

  • Aries WildChild (Aug 4, 2018)

    Well you never added Brandon Lee, his role killed him.

  • Uli Reinhart (Feb 26, 2019)

    Scott Holmes Brandon Lee’s death he got shot with a real bullet instead of a blank

  • Gypsy Spirit (Jan 26, 2019)

    +Scott Holmes Lee was shot and killed by an actual bullet when it was supposed to be a "blank ".

  • Zack Swafford (Jul 10, 2017)

    How the hell are you gonna mention Charlie Hunnam and not say one thing about Sons of Anarchy?

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  • Cameron Lorna (Nov 27, 2018)

    And he was in Queer as Folk

  • Muskedunder (Sep 27, 2018)

    What in the world? Where is Joaquin Phoenix?!

  • Kristyn Torres (Mar 29, 2019)

    Muskedunder Ryan Ryan Ryan

  • Barracuda (Mar 5, 2019)

    What has he done?

  • Dude?!?!?!!! How could you have left out Matthew Mcconaughey? The man should not have lost that much weight especially in his 40’s. He got so skinny that he never got his looks back and it messed up his stomach. He really looked like he had aids long after that movie was completed. He looked perfect before.

  • Michelle Klassen (Feb 20, 2019)

    Absolutly about Matthew McConaughey.... Dallas buyers club, was just one of those movies that not only put u right into it, you could not be affected by film. And agreed he's never been quite the same.

  • Cassandra Craig (Feb 15, 2019)

    Donnie Wahlberg lost TONS of weight to be the addict that shoots Bruce Willis in The Sixth Sense, I didn't even recognize him. It didn't seem to faze him though. You're totally right about McConaughey, my daughter sees him and says he's not even cute, however, she didn't seem him in 'A Time To Kill'.

  • Random Name (Nov 30, 2018)

    Fun fact: Shelly Duvall (the girl from the shining) lives in my town, she's a little off but she's really nice

  • Katerina Feisthauer (Mar 24, 2019)

    Wasn't she essentially harassed by the crew to get those extreme reactions out of her?