Actors Who've Lost Extreme Amounts Of Weight For Roles, From Matthew McConaughey To Tom Hanks

When Actors Get Skeletal For Roles
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Actor Matthew McConaughey attend the premiere of "Mud" hosted by The Cinema Society with FIJI Water & Levi's at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday April 21, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Actor Matthew McConaughey attend the premiere of "Mud" hosted by The Cinema Society with FIJI Water & Levi's at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday April 21, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Actors often go to extreme lengths to prepare for movie roles, including shedding pound after pound to the point of looking skeletal. Matthew McConaughey is the latest to do so, exchanging the meat on his bones for a meaty role as a rodeo cowboy diagnosed with HIV in "Dallas Buyers Club." With bold diets and rough exercise regimens, McConaughey joins the company of ultimate Method actors. We applaud their dedication, which is why we're taking a look at a handful of actors who've dropped pounds to (hopefully) gain paise.

Matthew McConaughey

Actors Who've Gotten Skeletal For Roles

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