15 Actors That Went From Skinny To Ripped For Their Roles


Has anyone ever received more praise for getting fat than Robert De Niro?

In 1980, the method actor famously gained 60 pounds of flab by gorging himself on pancakes and milkshakes to play bloated ex-boxer Jake LaMotta in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull.

Nearly 30 years later, film buffs are still marveling at his man boobs. Nothing against De Niro’s amazing performance, but we had enough of critics praising extra pounds.

That’s why we’re paying tribute to 15 actors who worked their abs for their art — because it takes more effort to curl 80 pounds than it does to gain it.

15. Hugh Jackman (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

How much has the superhero bulk-up changed over the last decade and a half?

Just look at Hugh Jackman, who was in admirable shape when he doffed his shirt for the original “X-Men” movie back in 2000, but is now yolked within an inch of his life for this summer’s “X-Men Days of Future Past.”

Jackman’s muscle-building diet is so precisely plotted that his shooting schedules are constructed around it. “Wolverine’s” mutant power keeps him from aging at a normal rate, but it sure doesn’t inhibit gaining muscle. In that regard, kudos to Jackman for getting so ripped for his role.