For The Revenant, the film that might finally help DiCaprio bag the coveted Oscar, DiCaprio left no stone unturned. From sleeping in an animal carcass to eating raw bison meat and swimming in frozen rivers whilst risking hypothermia, he’s done it all.
In The Pianist, Adrien Brody had to play the role of a Holocaust survivor who lost everything to the Nazis. To essay his role convincingly, Brody learnt to play the piano, gave up his apartment, his phone and his Porsche and even broke up with his girlfriend to truly feel the sense of loss that a man who had lost everything would feel.
To sport real-looking war injuries for the movie Birdy, Nicolas Cage had 2 of his teeth removed without anaesthesia!
For The Machinist, Christian Bale lost over 60 pounds, looking almost like a skeleton. Surviving on 1 apple, water and 1 cup of coffee each day, Bale took on haunted appearance as time passed by. Only later did it come to light that the scriptwriter had forgotten to adjust the character’s weight for Bale’s 6-foot frame.
In Blue Valentine, Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams and their daughter in the film lived in the characters’ house for an entire month, celebrating fake festivals and birthdays, so that when they had to film certain scenes, they had actual memories to use as reference.
Written By : Shirley Mistry