Top 5 Incredible Celebrity Weight Changes


Life of the top Hollywood celebrities always seems brighter and easier than that of the ordinary people. They earn good money, can afford clothes, cars, houses and vacations one could only dream of – literally the whole world belongs to them and there is hardly anything they would not be able to cope with. And how they look! Always perfect! Seems they were born sharply dressed, with make up on, and, of course, with impeccable bodies.
But some celebrities are not afraid of experiments and love to shock their fans with incredible changes of their appearance, and somehow this makes them more even popular, though the changes are not always positive.

1. Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling Fat

Not always experiments with the weight end up in a successful way. And the problem is not only about the health. Ryan Gosling, a famous actor and the idol for millions of women from all the world, must be terribly regretting having put himself in danger by gaining too much weight.


For the role of the murdered girl’s grieving father in Peter Jackson’s 2009 movie “The Lovely Bones” Gosling gained 60 pounds. It must have been a rather pleasant process, as the main means of gaining weight was drinking cartons of melted ice-cream. Ryan was sure he looked exactly like his character need to look and was very satisfied with the work he had done for the movie. But turned out Jackson’s vision of a character was quite different from that of Gosling, and the actor was fired right after he showed up on set. So the situation turned tragic for the actor: not only he became fat, but lost the part in the movie he was so hoping for.

2. Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Winning the Oscar for Best Actress in 2003 film “Monster” was the thing Charlize honestly deserved. To get the role of a prostitute and serial killer Aileen Charlize literally turned herself into a monster: she shaved off her eye brows and gained 30 extra pounds, which made her look quite scary. The actress confessed the process of gaining weight was not too bad as potato chips, which made a serious contribution into achieving the goal, is one of her favorite foods. Although Charlize looked very convincing in her new body, and her performance was accepted amazingly by the critics, she hardly really liked the way she looked and managed to get back to shape soon after the premiere.

3. Jared Leto

Jared Leto

One of the most stunning examples of how much a real professional would sacrifice for the sake of his career was demonstrated by Jared Leto, an actor and leader of the famous rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. To get the part of Mark Chapman, John Lennon’s assassin, Leto had to gain 67 pounds to look more credible – and it wasn’t that difficult: eating unlimited amounts of pizza, pasta, chocolate and practically everything he would normally avoid turned him into a totally different person. It wasn’t difficult to lose the extra weight either, Leto returned to his normal form soon after the end of the shooting, yet the consequences of the experiment are still rather considerable: it had a serious impact on the actor’s health, which made him promise he would never gain pounds for the role and risk his health in such a stupid way again.

Jared Leto

But quite soon he forgot about the vow and put himself in another danger: for the role of the transsexual in “Dallas Buyers Club”, being already in a perfect form, Leto lost additional 40 pounds. As he later confessed, to achieve the result he had just stopped eating. He also said that such a stunning change turned him into a different person, and not just physically. And that is not too hard to believe: if one looked at Leto’s two photos from “Chapter 27” (the one where he played Mark Chapman) and from “Dallas Buyers Club”, he would hardly guess that the chubby nerd and the dystrophic transsexual are actually one person, who in real life is known as one of the hottest male celebrities and adored by millions of fans from around the globe.


4. Renée Zellweger

Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones Diary

Renée Zellweger is an undeniable champion among celebrities who have experimented with their bodies to get the parts in different movies. To play the role of Bridget Jones, a thirty-something lonely woman who is desperately looking for happiness, Renée had to gain 20 pounds, which was 8 sizes more than her normal look. And that was not the end. After she turned to her normal shape for the role in “Chicago” musical – and just to look nice – she again had to put on extra weight, as the sequel of “Bridget Jone’s Diary” was coming and, as a real professional, the actress could not let herself miss that part, which by that time had already made her extremely popular.

5. Matt Damon

Matt Damon

If for some actors, especially for women, putting on weight is often frustrating and scary, for Matt Damon, who is considered one of the most attractive actors of the world, packing on 30 pounds was a real fun. For the role in Steven Soderbergh’s dark comedy “The Informant”, where Damon played a government informant, he had been preparing really carefully: eating in McDonald’s and drinking dark beer in unlimited amounts is a job every self respecting man would give up everything for.

Turns out the life of celebrities is not that easy. Many of them are having the hardest time going through different diets and spending months in fitness centers: they need to be in perfect form every second, otherwise they won’t get the role they want, tickets to their concerts won’t be sold to the disappointed fans, and the omnipresent merciless paparazzi will destroy their career in one moment. But the worst thing is when they have to make themselves look horrible on purpose – just because the role requires it.


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