Being beautiful isn't the only motivation in a star's life. They have been known to do anything in the pursuit of looking good. Some are much committed to their job, they will dramatically alter their appearance according to role. Whether it's about to lose a significant amount of weight or build up massive muscles. Following is a list of 10 actors who went through shocking massive physical transformations to get into the characters for their film.

10. Cameron Diaz (Being John Malkovich)

Cameron Diaz (Being John Malkovich)

The 1999 fantasy-comedy film 'Being John Malkovich' starred 42 year old American actress Cameron Diaz  in the role of Lotte Schwartz, a pet obsessed homely wife of John Cusack. In order to give viewers a completely different version of Diaz, her styling was done in an unusual manner, in which she was hardly recognizable. The Frizzy wig and unflattering outfit made the style diva almost a stranger to the viewers.

9. Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Meryl Streep starred in the 20111 biographical film 'The Iron Lady' in the role of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Now, we all know, she grabbed an Oscar for that, but to look the part, here's what she had to go through - usage of false cheekbones, painting of wrinkles on cheeks, pulling back her hairline, usage of denture to push out Streep's top lip, painting of liver spots on her hands, making her veins swell by wearing elastic bands on her wrists, widening of Streep's nasal bridge with silicone, among others. Woof! Now, that's something!

8. Tom Hanks (Cast Away)

Tom Hanks (Cast Away)

The 2000 adventure - drama film ' Cast Away ' starred 58 year old American actor Tom Hanks in the role of Chuck Noland, a FedEx employee stranded on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes in the South Pacific. Tom Hanks had to go through heavy transformation for the role. Since the film required him to be shot in various different looks, the film was not shot on a continuous basis. Initially, he gained 50 pounds to get the look of a middle aged chubby man. Then a gap of 12 months was called for, so that he is able to grow back his hair to shoulder length and lose weight. He also was not allowed to shave off his facial hair and had to let it grow in a bizarre and rough way.

7. Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games)

Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games)

The 40 year old American actress Elizabeth Banks has created quite a fan-base with the 'The Hunger Games' franchise . Her character, Effie Trinket, is known for her colourful, wild and bold look, which can be very outrageous at times. With crazy false lashes, painted face, loud hair colours, Effie never fails to get unnoticed. Banks' unrecognisable look in the film is evident of the huge transformation that she goes through every time she steps into the shoes of Effie.

6. Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

The 2013 biographical film 'Dallas Buyers Club' required 42 year old American actor Jared Leto to work his butt off to get into the character of Rayon, a trans woman with HIV. To start off, he had to shed off 30 pounds, shave off his long beard, plucking off eyebrow, shaving off body hair, wore nail paints and fake lashes even when he was not shooting to get into the character and spent an average of 4 hours daily to get the make-up and look of Rayon before filming a scene.



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