Extreme weight loss and tooth extraction: when method acting goes too far

Which star didnt bathe for four months? Who became a cabbie? Our guide to performers who take their art to new levels

Marlon Brando may be the most famous Hollywood exponent of method acting, even if the double Oscar-winning star of On the Waterfront and The Godfather always refused to accept the tag. But even Brandos efforts to prepare for a part which once involved him living alongside wounded soldiers in a veterans hospital for a full month to play an injured second world war lieutenant in his 1950 movie debut, The Men pale into comparison with those of some of his spiritual successors.

In the wake of Australian actor Jai Courtneys revelation that he swallowed magic mushrooms and stubbed cigarettes out on his arms to play the unhinged antihero Boomerang in the forthcoming comic-book epic Suicide Squad, here are some of the most inventive and extreme examples of Hollywood -Alisters taking their art a little too seriously.

Leonardo DiCaprios bison liver-crunching in The Revenant

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In living hell DiCaprio in The Revenant.

Alejandro Gonzlez Irritus visually spectacular frontiersman epic was shooting in brutal living conditions in remote, frozen corners of Argentina, the US and Canada. But at least the movies crew, who complained of being subjected to a living hell of long hours, extensive postpones and temperatures dropping to -2 5C( -1 3F ), had DiCaprio along for the ride. Perhaps with one eye on awardings season glory, the Titanic star, who is vegetarian, chowed down on raw bison liver, climbed inside a horses carcass and waded through a frozen river. He did not, however, fight it out with a real bear: the movies central animal attack was Irritus only concession to CGI, and was shooting with a rather foolish-looking bloke in a mo-cap bear suit.

Effort : 6/10

Was it worth it ? Indubitably. DiCaprio won his first best performer Oscar, while Irritu took home best director and Emmanuel Lubezki won best cinematography for his searing camera run.

Shia LaBeoufs tooth-pulling antics on Fury

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Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in Fury. Photo: Giles Keyte/ AP

To prepare for his role as a Bible-toting tank gunner in David Ayers claustrophobic second world war drama, the one-time teen idol attained himself enormously popular with fellow casting members by refusing to wash for four months, resulting in his banishment to a bed and breakfast in a remote village far from the productions regular hotel. And just in case anyone imagined the Transformers star might not be fully immersed in the horrors of life on the battlefront, LaBeouf also pulled out a tooth and cut his face.

Effort : 9/10

Was it worth it? Fury was well received and LaBeouf is no longer best known for his role in Michael Bays moronic sci-fi saga. But Shia didnt receive any awards-season glory.

Adrien Brodys hungry vacation for The Pianist

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Fast fingers Brody in The Pianist. Photograph: Rex Features

Brody lost 13.6 kg( 2st 2lb) to play real-life concert pianist and Holocaust survivor Wadysaw Szpilman in Roman Polanskis harrowing war drama. He also practised piano four hours a day until he was able to play passages by Chopin all this after ceasing his US apartment and selling his car to get to the German shoot. There is an emptiness that comes with really starving that I hadnt experienced, Brody told the BBC. I couldnt have acted that without knowing it. Ive experienced loss, Ive experienced sadness in my life, but I didnt know the desperation that comes with hunger.

Effort : 7/10

Was it worth it? Utterly. Brody became the youngest person to win an Oscar for best performer and Polanski was the amaze winner of the best director gong.

More tooth pulling from Nicolas Cage in Birdy

Cages early attempt insured the actor engage in a place of amateur dentistry to play a Vietnam war veteran with horrible facial injuries. They were baby teeth, the future Oscar winner told the Telegraphs Anne Billson in 1985. So I took advantage of it and had them out. I thought it would add an interesting dimension to the role. Cage also took to wearing a bandage around his head during filming, which when removed devoted him a sinister, sickly appearance due to the resulting acne and ingrowing hairs. The reactions on the street were brutal, Cage disclosed. Men and women chuckling, kids staring.

Effort : 8/ 10

Was it worth it ? Alan Parkers tale of blue-collar Philadelphian veterinarians won the grand jury prize at Cannes, and if nothing else, helped established Cages reputation for risk-taking and theatricality.

Hilary Swank lives as a trans man for Boys Dont Cry

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Boys Dont Cry. Photograph: Reuters

Swank, who had been completely unknown in Hollywood, lost weight to accentuate her bone structure and lived as a man for a month to play murdered transgender human Brandon Teena. Her transformation was so persuading that neighbours at the actors home thought her brother was visiting. At the behest of director Kimberly Peirce, Swank also wore socks in her underwear and bound her breasts, as Teena had done.

Effort grade: 8/ 10

Was it worth it? Swank was propelled to overnight notoriety, winning the first of two best actress Oscars.

And tonight, Matthew, Val Kilmer is Jim Morrison in the Doors

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Kilmer gets in the groove The Door. Photograph: Moviestore Collection/ Alamy

To get in the groove for the role of the Rider on the Storm crooner, Kilmer learned 50 anthems from the bands back catalogue and interrogated former Doors producer Paul Rothschild for months, learning specific intonations to help him perfectly channel the spirit of the 60 s rocker. Val knows Jim Morrison better than Jim ever knew himself, Rothschild told the Washington Post in 1991. To the extent that the Doors had difficulty telling whether it was Val singing or Jim singing. Early on, Id bring them into a recording studio and I haphazardly switched Val and Jim and they guessed wrong 80% of the time.

Effort : 6/10

Was it worth it ? Kilmer won kudo for his performance, but critics guessed Oliver Stones direction was self-important and the Doorway themselves said they failed to recognise their former bandmate.

Robert De Niro driving a real taxi for Taxi Driver

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Taxi Driver. Photo: Granamour Weems Collection/ Ala/ Alamy

To prepare for his role as paranoiac ex-marine Travis Bickle in Martin Scorseses 1976 classic, De Niro lost more than two stone and drove a real New York taxi during breaches from shooting Bernardo Bertoluccis 1900 in Rome. Upon being recognised by a passenger, he is said to have replied: Well, thats acting. One year the Oscar, the next youre driving a taxi!

Effort : 6/10

Was it worth it ? Taxi Driver won the Palme dOr at Cannes in 1976 and picked up four Oscar nominations, including best performer for its starring, who appeared in almost every scene. Scorseses fractured, dreamlike neo-noir is now considered one of the film-makers best movies.

Daniel Day-Lewis total-immersion perform in My Left Foot

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Holds nothing back Day-Lewis in My Left Foot Photograph: ITV/ Rex Features

Day-Lewis is famous for overdoing it a bit, and once lived for days in the wilds of Alabama to prepare for his role as a frontiersman living as a Native American warrior in Last of the Mohicans. While shooting Jim Sheridans biography of the paralysed Irish poet Christy Brown, who was born with spastic paralysis, the English actor refused to come out of character even while the cameras were not rolling. In practise, this meant Day-Lewis spent the entire shoot in a wheelchair, occasionally having to be carried to different parts of the define, and even had to be spoon-fed at mealtimes.

Effort: 8/ 10

Was it worth it ? Day-Lewis won the Oscar, but without doubt truly riled the kitchen staff.

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Is Jonah Hill Hot? An Investigation.

The unbelievably skanky internet has opened its virtual legs for yet another imaginary boyfriend. To recap: The internet’s illustrious dating history includes a wide array of diverse, handsome, often nerdy exes. Notable internet boyfriends have included human cheekbone Benedict Cumberbatch and perfect pair of eyebrows Riz Ahmed. The listing goes on and on–Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Rami Malek, Oscar Isaac, and now, Jonah Hill.* Record scratching** freeze frame* yup, that Jonah Hill. I bet you’re wondering how we ended up in this situation.

According to the internet, aka a bunch of tweets, the famously high-maintenance actor best known for playing chubby sidekicks and Channing Tatum’s cooler is having a hot streak. From people’s reactions to the paparazzi pictures of Hill’s newly toned physique, you would think that they’d never heard of male mediocrity before. Not since Drake discovered protein powder and mirror selfies has one man’s physical transformation inspired so much online thirst.

Of course, as all of you female Superbad stans already know (* crickets *), Hill has gone through more bodies in the past decade than Jeffrey Dahmer. His physiques can be linked to specific films; after his initial streak of chubby, comedic roles, the actor lost 40 pounds for Moneyball in 2011, merely to gain some of the weight back and then drop it again for 2012′ s 21 Jump Street . Ahead of filming 2016′ s War Dogs , Hill packed on a substantial number of pounds.

Still, we were not ready for the remarkably fit Jonah Hill that emerged this month, taking L.A. by storm in a series of workout tanks. In my own personal favorite painting, the artist who will now be known as “Bronah Hill” is clutching a healthy-looking smoothie and staring forlornly into his own carb-free future. He’s almost scrawny, but with the arm musculature of a human who likes to take pictures of himself lifting at the gym. He’s wearing a thin chain around his neck and sporting artful stubble. His tattoo kind of looks like a stick and poke, but it is clearly not a stick and poke.

Bronah Hill is the perfect combination of the fitness bro and the sad boi. He looks like what would happen if the Under Armour catalog and the Urban Outfitters website constructed love to one another. He looks like he’s leaving a bad Bumble date, but isn’t self-aware enough to realize that he’s the reason why it went seriously. He looks like he simply blew his JV basketball tryout. He looks like someone told him that the gluten-free keg is tapped. He looks like he makes his mommy drive him into the city from Tenafly and fell him off at the Chelsea Modell’s. He looks like the one straight-out guy in a SoulCycle class.

Of course, the funniest thing about Jonah Hill 4 or 5.0 is how visibly upset he is, as though he’s been subsisting on a accident diet of shirtless pictures of Channing Tatum, green juice, and disgrace. Sadness doesn’t even come close to describing the harrowing look in Jonah Hill’s eyes. He doesn’t just look like his puppy died–he looks like his pledge master mixed the ashes of his dead puppy into the smoothie and ordered him to eat it, maggot. In this route, Hill’s fitness victory is fated to resonate with internet denizens. We’re not just applauding Jonah Hill because he’s “hot” now; we’re celebrating him because, in the reflection of his rapid weight fluctuations and painful efforts to conform to a penalize societal standard of beauty, we see ourselves. Jonah Hill is the opposite of the naturally thin Instagram model who pretends to genuinely enjoy the savor of raw kale. Jonah Hill wants–but will not let himself have–a pizza. He may never be Channing Tatum, but boy does he get points for trying.

That being said,” points for trying” might actually be the problem here. After all, moderately attractive women who lose a lot of weight don’t get” points for trying ,” let alone sweet social media posts and acting gigs. Women in Hollywood don’t receive supportive shout-outs for going on a juice cleanse; they’re just expected to look like starvation, perfect tens if they ever want to work again. Meanwhile Jonah Hill, a white dude, dieted for a few months and the internet showered him with cookies–sorry, Oreo Thins.

On top of everything else, this internet admiration seem to be imply that Jonah Hill getting hot marks is some huge personal or professional victory for him, which is certainly not the case. In addition to, you know, multiple Oscar nominations, I am quite confident that a bigger Jonah Hill did just fine with the ladies–one, because he’s funny, and two, because he’s freaking famous. As Daily Beast Reporter Kelly Weill astutely noted,” I refuse to grade him on a curve merely because he’s famous. If anything, it should curve down. For a normal , non-celebrity he’s o k a y, but someone you’d likely brush off at a bar unless he was really charming. For a celeb , not hot .”

Senior entertainment reporter Kevin Fallon agreed, opining,” It is thrilling that he is losing weight and buffing up, but that does not a hot person attain. It’s like describing biceps on a hot dog. Particularly this hot dog .”

Meet the internet’s new boyfriend: this hot dog.

But looks come and go, and what really matters is what’s on the inside, right? Well here’s the thing: Jonah Hill’s insides may suck. In This Is the Aim , the star-packed apocalypse movie, Hill played an exaggerated version of himself as one of the worst people you will ever meet. While Hill’s character was patently crafted for slapstick, a Rolling Stone interview he did to promote the movie showed that Hill may not have had to dig very deep for his narcissistic, pretentious performance. At one point, Hill bragged,” I’ve done one of the biggest challenges you can do in Hollywood, which is transition from being a comedic actor to being a serious actor, and I’m really prideful of that. I could have made a billion dollars doing every big comedy of the last 10 years and didn’t, that are intended to form a whole other life for myself .” Throughout the uncomfortable interview, he refuses to answer” dumb questions” that he receives to be beneath him, and generally goes off as a pretty poor sport.

If anything, our new preoccupation with objectifying Jonah Hill betrays just how low our societal criteria are right now. In a world of “mamas boy”, fuckbois, emotional manipulators, and Chainsmokers fans, maybe women are sadly predisposed to accept a subpar sex symbol. I get it–Jonah Hill, with his rumored bad personality and pretty-cute new body looks like the kind of guy you could actually get with–or at the least get ghosted by after one mediocre Tinder date( he’ll order the acai bowl, for two ). But listen here, horny folks: Celebrity crushes are supposed to be a fantasy , not the kind of depressing mental calculus/ romantic compromise that we do in our daily lives. Don’t settle for Jonah Hill simply because he looks better now, and maybe Channing Tatum will come over for dinner sometimes, and War Dogs wasn’t that bad. Let’s all collectively challenge ourselves to get less aroused by moderately attractive dudes who seem like they’ll be mean to us. Or at the least, let’s dial down the Jonah Hill adulation until the actor detects leg day.

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