10 Actors Who Bulked Up Massively For Roles

These ten actors set the bar extremely high when it comes to bulking up for roles. Each one dedicated months of constant training and strict dieting to gain the results seen below.


1. Christian Bale.

Christian Bale got shredded for his role in American Psycho, but shockingly four years later he would get down to an incredible 110 pounds for his role in The Machinist. Days after shooting wrapped, Christopher Nolan informed Bale that he would be playing Batman in 2005’s Batman Begins. In five months Bale packed on over 100 pounds by eating a high carb diet for the first two months and chicken, tuna and steamed vegetables for the last three months.


2. Hugh Jackman AKA huge jacked man.

You want to know what it takes to be Wolverine? A strict diet and being a weightlifting god. Last year in May the huge jacked man posted a video of himself deadlifting 410 pounds, squatting 355 pounds and benching 410 pounds.


3. Chris Hemsworth.

Chris Hemsworth went from a skinny pale kid in an Australian soap called Home and Away to playing a badass Norse god in Thor. The actor weighed in at 215 pounds by the time he played the superhero.

4. Tom Hardy.

Tom Hardy gained 30 pounds in three months for the role of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. He underwent a similar transformation before the film Warrior.


5. Daniel Craig.

Daniel Craig underwent a six month training regime before his first Bond film Casino Royale, ate a strict scientifically controlled diet and went to bed at 9pm. Crew believed he must have gained 10 inches around his thighs and chest for the role.


6. Chris Pratt.

Chris Pratt was fat, like comedy fat, for the role he played in Parks and Recreation. The actor weighed around 300 pounds when he auditioned for Guardians of the Galaxy. Pratt then proceeded to drop a massive 60 pounds in six months for the role.

7. Mark Wahlberg.

Mark Wahlberg has always looked pretty muscular in his roles, but when the actor got the role for Pain and Gain he took his training up a level. He was at 160 pounds when he started training for the Michael Bay muscle film and put on 40 pounds in two months by eating 12 meals a day, lifting heavy weights and eating a lot of protein.


8. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.

The Rock has always looked big but during Pain and Gain, he became…really big. He was already weighing in at about 250 pounds before he started working out, so he only needed seven meals a day and multiple 60 minute weight training sessions during the day to become the beast you see in the film.


9. Jake Gyllenhaal.

Southpaw star Jake “my last name is hard to spell” Gyllenhaal was so afraid he wouldn’t look like a real boxer onscreen that it drove him into a crazy dedicated training regime. He worked out for eight months on his boxing skills and strength training. Gyllenhaal would do an impressive 1,000 sit-ups a day as part of his training.


10. Michael B. Jordan.

To become Adonis Creed, Michael B. Jordan did lots of push-ups, pushed 900 pounds on the leg press machine and did a huge amount of boxing training.