Celebrities who have transformed themselves for a role

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  • Eddie Redmayne, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey and Natalie Portman have all changed their look for their art - and some celebs just do it for a bit of fun...

    It’s a time-honoured tradition in Hollywood that the more dramatic the makeover an actor undergoes for a role, then more often than not, Oscar success follows suit.

    Whether it’s through insane workouts, crazy diets or hours spent in the hair and make up chair, the great and the good of the silver screen have been undergone some very impressive transformations to look like the character they’re portraying

    Nicole Kidman donned a prosthetic nose to play Virginia Woolf in The Hours and looked utterly different despite the less dramatic, physical transformation.

    You might also remember when Natalie Portman shaved her head in the mid Noughties for her part in V For Vendetta and famously debuted her new ‘do at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Meanwhile, Glenn Close totally transformed herself to play Albert Nobbs, a woman living as a man to become a butler, spending two hours a day in prosthetics. And who can forget, Charlize Theron’s Oscar-winning portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, where she gained over two stones for the part as well as spending hours in the make-up chair on set.

    Jake Gyllenhaal transformed himself into a boxer for Southpaw, and his fitness regime was pretty intense by all accounts; the actor reportedly worked out for an absolutely bonkers six hours a day to get his ripped new body.

    And who can forget Matthew McConaughey’s shocking weight loss for The Dallas Buyer’s Club?

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