18 Stars Who Lost Major Weight for a Role, From Christian Bale to Joaquin Phoenix (Photos)

Tim Kenneally and Matt Donnelly
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Taylor Kitsch revealed on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Oct. 16 that he had to lose 30 pounds to play cult leader David Koresh in the limited series “Waco.”

“I’d get 500 calories at breakfast and then it would go from like veggies in the mid-afternoon to chicken broth after 4 o’ clock. And then you go run, which is awesome!” he explained, adding that he is still trying to gain back the weight.

Chris Hemsworth shocked the Internet on Nov. 22, when the “Thor” hunk revealed the dramatic weight loss he endured for “In the Heart of the Sea.”

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Beyoncé dropped 20 pounds from her “Bootylicious” body with the help of a cleanse for her role in “Dreamgirls.”

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Liam Neeson shed some serious weight for the upcoming historical drama “Silence.”

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50 Cent looked more like a thin dime after dropping 50-plus pounds to play a football player with cancer in “All Things Fall Apart.”

Anne Hathaway opened up her mouth to sing — but apparently not to eat much — for “Les Miserables,” shedding around 25 pounds for the Oscar-winning role.

Matt Damon reportedly lost 40 pounds for his role in “Courage Under Fire.”

Tom Hanks lost 26 pounds for his Oscar-winning turn as AIDS patient Andrew Beckett in “Philadelphia.”

Mila Kunis slimmed down by 20 pounds for the ballet thriller “Black Swan.”

Joaquin Phoenix – “Joker” (2019)

Joaquin Phoenix lost 52 pounds to play the role of Arthur Fleck, the troubled and deranged comedian who becomes the iconic Batman villain Joker. This was after Phoenix beefed up to play a hitman in Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here.” He’s since put back on 25 pounds but still has that wraith-like physique as seen in the film. “Joker” director Todd Phillips said of Phoenix’s look in an interview with Vanity Fair that he looked like a bird from the Gulf of Mexico having tar rinsed off its body. “He’s got the most interesting form,” Phillips said. “He’s so beautiful.”

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