When it comes to transformative roles, there are some actors who are known to take it to the extreme. Robert De Niro famously gained 60 pounds to star in Raging Bull; and Christian Bale lost approximately that amount to star in The Machinist. It takes a serious dedication to craft putting your body through all that, but for some performers it's entirely worth it. This includes actor Charlie Hunnam, who recently spoke about losing 40 pounds playing the lead role in Michael Noer's Papillion, as well as losing weight in other roles.
It isn't terribly good for your body to lose and gain a lot of weight quickly, but it's a sacrifice that Charlie Hunnam was willing to make not once but twice in recent years. While speaking with the Boston Herald he revealed the hell he's put his body through, but also honestly explained why he was willing to do it.
Of course, those familiar with Charlie Hunnam's work know that he isn't regularly playing scrawny, ill characters - which is what the work called for in the making of both Papillon and the Lost City of Z. He's also been known to take on parts in action movies and tough guy roles, which means that he has to put on weight and muscle. Referencing the upcoming film Triple Frontier and two other projects he's been working on, Hunnam said,
There are only a few actors out there who are willing to go to such extremes - and it is admirable. After all, anyone who has tried to lose weight knows that it's not always the easiest thing. Naturally, there is hope that none of them take things to unsafe levels, and that there are no long-term side effects - but for now, we can definitely appreciate the work.
Those interested in seeing the end result of Charlie Hunnam's work can see Papillon in theaters now, and for those who missed it last year, The Lost City of Z is now available for Digital Download, and on Blu-ray and DVD.
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