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15 Actors Who Became Unrecognizable for Movie Roles

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When it comes to actors getting into character, some take their roles more seriously than others. Reading, rehearsing and embodying the mindset of the characters is sometimes not enough to convince the audience of the story you are portraying.

Depending on the role, some actors don't have to change much at all. Other times they transform into someone that we don't even recognize. These roles not only stand out in our minds as amazing features, but are also awarded for a performance that has immersed us in the world.

Check out this list of actors who were no longer recognizable after their movie roles.

Tom Cruise- Tropic Thunder

In the 2008 satirical comedy directed by Ben Stiller, very few of the actors looked like themselves. While Robert Downey Jr's character reportedly took 2 hours of makeup application to complete, it was Tom Cruise's cameo that stole the show. Playing Les Grossman, Tom Cruise played an overweight, old, balding man with huge hands and a lot of body hair. His transformation was so convincing that people didn't know it was him. Don't miss his dance at the end, it will have you laughing so hard, you'll cry.

Michael Fassbender- Hunger

Now one of the most-sought after actors in Hollywood, Fassbender's work in the 2008 movie Hunger is considered one of the launching points of his career as an A-list star. The movie tells the story of the 1981 Irish hunger strike, staring Fassbender as Bobby Sands, who lead the second IRA hunger strike.

For the role Fassbender lost 30 pounds and dropped to as little as 127 pounds while shooting. Restricting his diet to a meager 600 calories per day, he lost as much weight as his doctor would allow.

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Dustin Hoffman- Hook

If this movie isn't a throwback to your childhood, I don't know what is. Realizing the sadness that comes with Robin Williams playing the optimistic Peter Pan could be enough to pass on rewatching this movie any time soon. But despite Julia Roberts' portrayal of Tinkerbell we come back to this movie for our favorite one-handed villain. Dustin Hoffman stars as the title character with thick eyebrows bigger than his mouth and with a thick accent that's far from corny. Hoffman easily replaced Blackbeard as everyone's favorite pirate.

50 Cent- All Things Fall Apart

Going from 214 pounds to 160 pounds in just 9 weeks, the rapper became the spitting image of someone fighting cancer. All Things Fall Apart was a passion project that was meant to honor a childhood friend who lost their battle with the disease.

To drop that amount of weight, 50 Cent spent 3 hours a day on a treadmill and only consumed a liquid diet in the process.

John Travolta - Hairspray

In the 2007 musical Hairspray, John Travolta took his character's role to a whole new level. Not only dancing, singing and acting in one movie, but doing it all as a woman. Cast as the main character's mom, Travolta embodied the voluptuous, bubbly, anxious Baltimore mom in the '60s. His signature charm and hip-shaking character was one of his most memorable ever.

Continue to the next page to read about the actor that put his health at serious risk for a role.

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