So, what movie, TV production, online content or arts project am I looking into today? Hmmm… Hollywood!
Hollywood has been around for a couple of decays, churning out movies on a yearly bases. Everyone will agree they have come a long way, but sometimes, when I watch old movies from the 80s till the 90s and 2000s on DSTV, I cringe at the special effects used at that time. But asides special effects, i cannot see past the tremendous efforts that actors & actresses put into getting themselves into character.
Here are some of the ways our celebrity actors & actresses have gotten into character to make their art of make belief, more believable.
I actually didn’t watch the ‘Black Swan’, probably due to busy schedules and all but from the previews, Natalie Portman had this look that could drive chills down one’s spine. to get into character for her role, Natalie had to slim way down, dropping 20pounds to play a psychologically disturbed ballerina in Darren Aronofsky’s thriller Black Swan. Swimming and practicing ballet (she had to learn it) for up to 8 hours a day, six days a week, was a real challenge for the star who won her first Academy Award in the Best Actress Category.
Action comes in large doses when it comes to Tom Cruise. When the 5’7″ star was cast as Vincent in Collateral, the only real villain of his career till date, one of the necessary features of being a professional assassin was the ability to blend into a crowd. To help prepare himself for that killer mindset and learn how to blend in, he dressed up like a FedEx worker and delivered packages to a crowded LA marketplace, all while trying his hardest not to be noticed by literally every person around him. He also took it upon himself to learn the other half of being a professional killer, i.e., how to actually kill people. He did extensiv
e training with guns, learning how to shoot quickly and accurately, all with live ammo.
Tom Cruise is one of those actors who takes playing his character seriously and learns it all, there is no stunt men involved sometimes. So he can fly a plane, ride a motorbike, shoot, kill people and sing rock n roll!!!
#8 Brad Pitt in ‘Troy’ Another popular movie of 2004 was ‘Troy’. Brad Pitt was the corky sarcastic Achilles who killed one of my favorite characters in the movie Hector player by Eric Bana. I was truly vexed when that happened and really glad when Brad Pitt was put to death (am way too emotional bah??? Need to understand that it’s just acting.) Any-who, Brad Pitt has never been a slouch when it comes to working out, but when preparing to play his role in the epic Troy, he went all-out and Wowzers did he get them abs. He gave up cigarettes
and cut way back on the beer and chips, opted for a low-carb, high-protein diet instead and
#9. Charlize Theron in ‘Monster’
This 5’10” blonde South African beauty and former model, in addition to shaving off her eyebrows, donning prosthetic teeth and tons of blotchy makeup, had to pack on 30 pounds to portray real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 film “Monster.” Theron, who was completely unrecognizable in the role, went on to win an Academy, Critics Choice and Golden Globe awards as best actress in a leading role for her performance.
#10 Demi Moore in ‘G.I Jane’
Last but not least, there’s Demi Moore!!! I will never ever forget this movie. It takes the cakes for being my greatest movie of all times and even though I loved Ghost, the nostalgia I felt watching ‘G.I Jane last year was totally awesome, who knew Viggo Mortensen and Morris Chestnut were in the movie sef! Demi, pulled all stops to be a woman ladies would love to be, and a guys guy. Back when she was still reigning in Hollywood,
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