Heath Ledger Tops the List of Stars in Their Most Transformative Movie Roles
The late Heath Ledger, won the Oscar for 'Best Supporting Actor' in 2008 for his role as 'The Joker' in The Dark Knight.
Ledger was almost unrecognizable as the dark, twisted Joker, completely transforming his posture, facial expressions, and voice, while in character. Sadly, playing such a deeply disturbed character took a toll on the actor, leaving him unable to shake the roll even after filming wrapped.
Other notable actors in Hollywood have also had to take drastic, and sometimes dangerous, measures in order to completely transform into their role on screen. Actress, Charlize Theron, gained over 30 pounds to play her Oscar-winning role in the 2003 film, Monster. Similarly, Christian Bale, Jared Leto, and Matthew McConaughey, have all altered their weight while preparing for specific movie roles.