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?

  • Diverse Blackman (10 hours ago)

    Tommy- Power

  • Larry Dimick (1 day ago)

    Johnny Depp Fear and Loathing

  • Chica 411 (Mar 2, 2018)


  • Andrew Lancastera (3 days ago)

    When I was married my wife and I would watch SOA every week. Charlie Hunan was her hall pass”The only guy I would have let her hook up with” lol .... Mine was Lady GaGa. Needless to say, neither one of us got our pass 🙂

  • Stacy Bulze (Feb 12, 2019)

    +MDkid1 lol

  • Carsla Peyton (Jul 16, 2018)

    would you sacrifice sanity for stardom?

  • Stevie Nickss (3 hours ago)


  • erickow420 (4 hours ago)

    +Brandon Withnell p

  • 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.

  • Heather Anderson (5 days ago)

    Charlize Theron got fat for her portrayal of Eileen Warnos, the Florida serial killing prostitute. She did a great job!!!

  • Heather Anderson (5 days ago)

    +Mr. Cairo I am SO with you! I've met Billy Bob guy! He was his co-star in Monsters Ball.

  • 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 (2 days ago)

    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'.

  • Guus Jacobs (Oct 23, 2018)

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

  • 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.

  • Not Sure (Jan 26, 2019)


  • Jimmy M (Jul 9, 2017)

    Rest In Peace Heath Ledger. You will always be The best Joker

  • Sanjib Sarkar (2 days ago)

    Mark hamill and heath are the best jokers. No other joker can even come close.

  • SidNad is FL (4 days ago)

    Jacquin Phoenix is coming this year

  • 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

  • MindofaJedi (4 days ago)

    +Heather Anderson History proves it. Your God is imaginary,but according to the Bible he likes killing babies and calls himself a rapist. The Crusades, the Inquistion, Witch burning, Sarajevo rape camps in the 1990s, systematic pedophilia, support of the Nazis, Christians blowing up abortion clinics, the Genocide against Native Americans in North and South America. Christianity has firmly established itself as the most barbaric, aggressive, and dangerous religion. This is accepted worldwide. If you had...

  • Heather Anderson (4 days ago)

    +MindofaJedi And no. We don't want to hear the bullshit about God not existing. It's not dangerous. You cannot prove it. I am Jewish by birth, and I converted. The Christians I know aren't depressed. Lol. People get depressed. I've met depressed athiests. You seem pissed and angry all the time. I will pass. I have joy in my life. There is no danger in it. It's awesome. Living in sin is what brings about depression. You will only be happy for a time and a season.

  • James O'Blivion (Jul 2, 2018)

    An American accent is not a "lack of accent." 😂

  • mark mullins (4 days ago)

    +Heena Naz a. You're a pompous snob and b. With 50 states here we have at least 50 different accents.

  • Leah Lind (Feb 1, 2019)

    It is though lol.

  • Aries WildChild (Aug 4, 2018)

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

  • Gypsy Spirit (Jan 26, 2019)

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

  • Gypsy Spirit (Jan 26, 2019)

    That wasn't a choice of his though. It was an accident on set.