A Weighty Hollywood! Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Charlize Theron & More Stars Who Packed On The Pounds For Roles

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Sep. 26 2021, Published 12:01 a.m. ET

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Anything for their art! These celebrities packed on the pounds to better play their characters.

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Mark Wahlberg

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“It was fun for about an hour,” the 50-year-old said of upping his daily calorie intake to a whopping 11,000 to play a boxer-turned-priest in Stu. “I would wake up after a meal and have another meal. I was eating every three hours!” Of course, the actor didn’t waste any time getting his signature sixpack back.

Charlize Theron

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Known for utterly transforming herself for her roles, the acclaimed actress gained 30 lbs for her award-winning role in 2003’s Monster and again to play a depressed mom-of-three in 2018’s Tully. “The first three weeks are always fun because you’re just like a kid in a candy store,” said the 46-year-old. “So it was fun to go and have breakfast at In-N-Out and have two milkshakes. And then after three weeks, it’s not fun anymore… it becomes a job.” Also hard: It took her a year and a half to lose the weight!

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Ewan McGregor

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Yes, he will have fries with that — and a shake! The Scot enjoyed packing on the pounds to portray brothers on Fargo. “I have to load on a bit of weight, so I’ve started doing a bit of that,” the 50-year-old told Jimmy Kimmel at the time. “Anything I want, whenever I want.”

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Ryan Reynolds

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Not all weight gain is unwelcome. Ryan put on 25 lbs of muscle to bulk up for both Blade: Trinity and Green Lantern. To get the 6-foot-2 actor into top form, his trainer Bobby Storm put the 44-year-old through 90-minute workouts six days a week for three months!

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Emma Stone

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Playing real-life tennis great Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes meant more than just donning her trademark specs. The 32-year-old put on 15 lbs of muscle by downing high-calorie protein shakes and working out five times a week. “I’m talking like, we were pushing and dragging sleds with hundreds of pounds,” her trainer Jason Walsh bragged. “Which was awesome to watch.”

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Mark Ruffalo

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Hey, at least it got him a Golden Globe and an Emmy! To play a pair of twins — one of whom is on antipsychotics that cause him to gain weight — the 53-year-old force-fed himself for more than a month. “Those five weeks were kind of lonely,” he said of prepping for HBO’s I Know This Much Is True. “I’d been away from my family and [the character] hears voices, and I was imagining that life, staying by myself, going down into the heart of this mental illness.”


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