In Hollywood, we are used to extreme transformations of actor’s physique for a film, but in our regions, it is a bit rarer. We are less adept at big weight gain, big losses or weight training to gain mass. Yet it exists, and some actors have lent themselves to the game. Finally, we don’t have much to envy in Hollywood. Apart from film budgets, perhaps.
1. Vincent Lindon got super muscular for Titanium
For a year, good old Vincent, 61, lifted weights every day to become a monstrous physical firefighter in Titanium, the film that won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He even did night shifts with firefighters to learn the trade and look more professional on screen, but it’s still his big pecs that really impress us. Frankly, if at 61 we are like that, we can tell it to each other.
2. Pierre Niney took 9 kilos of muscle then lost it to Save or perish
It is also for a role of firefighter that Pierre Niney had to lift cast iron, and he too chose to train alongside real firefighters. But where he was strong is that he lost his kilos of muscle even faster than he had gained them for the purposes of the film (the firefighter he plays is badly burned and loses weight during his stay in the host). For this, the actor drank juices. Just juices. Every day. It must have been boring.
3. Marilou Berry lost 25 kilos to play the role of Josephine
For that, she would have eaten only 24-hour soups during the months preceding the shooting. So yes it’s super effective but it looks super boring. At the same time, if it were easy, everyone would do it.
4. Clovis Cornillac became a real beef for Scorpion
Don’t bother going to watch the film, it’s a crap. At the limit, with friends, completely broke, it can do it for fun, but that’s it. The most impressive thing is to see the metamorphosis of Clovis Cornillac who looks like a big skinhead with well-muscled arms. It’s creepy, but fascinating.
5. Vincent Cassel gained 20 kilos to play Mesrine
To play the public enemy number 1 of the 70s, Cassel took a lot of belly: 20 kilos in just 4 months. He said he took 9 months to lose them, which doesn’t surprise us so much considering that IT ALWAYS TAKES LONGER TO LOSE THAN TO GAIN THOSE FUCKING POUNDS. Sorry, this is a sensitive topic.
6. Samuel Le Bihan also gained 20 kilos for the film Mesrine
To play Michel Ardouin, the partner of Mesrine, Samuel le Bihan did even more than Cassel: he gained 20 kilos in just 3 months, based on 6 meals a day. Faster than Cassel. On the other hand, he took 1 year to return to his ideal weight. Longer than Cassel.
7. François-Xavier Demaison gained 14 kilos to play Coluche
Coluche had good big round cheeks, suddenly FXD (it’s shorter like that) had to manage to nab the same physique. And the solution was quite simple: he went from 79 to 93 kilos. According to him, it was rather simple since he loves to eat. And we understand it.
8. Emmanuelle Béart lost 10 kilos for Ma Compagne de Nuit
Losing 10 kilos, for some, it may not seem like much, but when you are already thin like Emmanuelle Béart, it is quite a feat. So why go to so much trouble to get so lean? Because her role was that of a woman in the terminal phase of cancer. It’s more believable.
9. Philippe Torreton lost 27 kilos for Presumed Guilty
In Presumed Guilty, Torreton plays one of the wrongly accused in the Outreau affair. And as the man he embodies has lost 50 kilos because of the hunger strike he had made, Philippe Torreton must have melted too. Basically, he also wanted to lose 50 kilos, but as it was too dangerous for his health, he “contented” with 27 kilos. And it’s already very impressive.
10. Michaël Youn gained 18 kilos for Uncontrollable
We clearly advise you not to see this monumental dung which appears in the top of the worst French films in History (even in the evening with friends, you will have a bad time). But the exploit of Michaël Youn is nevertheless to be underlined: 18 kilos gained in two months, based on kebabs morning, noon and evening. We have all wanted to follow this diet, but given the consequences, it is better to abstain. Unless a producer pays you dearly for it. Okay, that’s a try.