Top Celebrity Transformations
Hollywood is making some drastic changes to our celebrities! Whenever a new action movie comes out with the name of an out of shape (or not so out of shape) actor, they get transformed into six-pack wielding screen icons. These transformations seem to be countless in numbers, and many have made the change into a more bodybuilding way of living, giving them what seems to be a permanently hard body.
Will Smith is a man up for some serious training when preparing for a role. When playing the role of Muhammad Ali in (the suitably named) ‘Ali’ (2001), Smith went from a steady 85kg(187lbs) up to a massive 100kg (220lbs). While increasing his bench from from 80kg to 165kg, more than doubling his 1 rep max! Smith then switched gears for I Am Legend (2007), losing 10kg of total body weight, reducing his bodyfa tlevels and appearing totally ripped.
Edward Norton is the perfect example of a Hollywood skinny guy turned muscle-bound, making his transformation to play a Nazi gang leader in American History X. Edward has been quoted saying he ate a lot of protein rich food and worked out for a few months to gain 14kg (30lbs) of muscle for the role. An excellent result but not his personal choice, since after the role he managed to shrink back to size quite quickly.
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Until recent years, Ryan Reynolds was known primarily as a comedic actor, then he made the switch to a potential action star, along with some serious muscle growth, in the action movie ‘Blade Trinity‘ (2004). Ryan reportedly gained an impressive 9kg (20lbs) of muscle and sliced his body fat down to 3% from 11%. Since then, Ryan has followed the weight lifting lifestyle and molded physique full of muscle to play many more action roles in the future.
A man of extremes. Christian Bale is probably the most famous man to frequently change his weight – up and down seemingly every year or two. In 2000, Bale starred in ‘American Psycho‘, at a ripped 88kg (194lbs), and maintained that weight until he scored the lead role in ‘The Machinist‘ (2004), when he dropped to an anorexic weight of 55kg (121lbs)! A stable increase weight was due, but instead Bale had one year to bulk up to a solid 100kg (220lbs) of lean muscle for ‘Batman Begins‘, flipping the needle into the opposite end of the scales. Thinking the weight change must be over, Bale drops his weight to 63kg (139lbs) for ‘Rescue Dawn‘ (2007), to have another rapid increase in weigh for ‘The Dark Knight‘ returning to 100kg(220lbs) one year later. One thing for certain, Christian is an actorready to go to the extreme!
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