We always envy the exciting lives of Hollywood actors, but their job is by no means easy. Method acting can be best described as the mad work of geniuses.
Marlon Brando is largely remembered as the star that brought the art and passion of method acting to the limelight. For his role of a wounded soldier in The Men, he spent a month confined to a veteran’s hospital bed.
But he’s not alone. Hollywood has produced some great method actors. Here are our top five:
Daniel Day Lewis
Two-time Oscar winner Day-Lewis has the ability to seamlessly transform into his characters; but it is not as easy as it may seem. He is known to go to extreme lengths to prepare for his roles.
For his role in My Left Foot, he is known to have stayed in a wheelchair, even when not filming, just to get into the role and relate to the character’s feelings.
For The Boxer, he didn’t just put on muscle and get tips from pros, but trained rigorously for 18 months. He spent six months living in the wild for his role in The Last of the Mohicans.
Robert De Niro
For his role as a saxophone player in New York, New York, Robert De Niro practiced until he reached a professional grade. He trained just as hard and reached a professional level of expertise for his role as a boxer in Raging Bull. Not only that, he also packed on 60lbs.
Who can forget him as the taxi Driver from the film of the same name. Not many know, but he spent three months working 12-hour shifts as a taxi driver andended up with a license. If you find that amazing, you will not believe that he had his teeth ground for Cape Fear.
It wasn’t just luck that got Adrian Brody an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Pianist. To prepare for the role and to get into the mind of his character, Brody sold his apartment and his car. He may not have gotten much acclaim for his character in The Jacket, but he took it extremely seriously and spent several hours every day locked in a straight-jacket, and insisted he be placed inside a morgue cabinet.
Hilary Swank is a pro when it comes to getting into character. In Boys Don’t Cry, she played the role of Brandon Teena; a transsexual. She reportedly lived as Brandon for a month prior to filming, going out in public and even interacting with people.
In American Psycho, Bale spent hours in the gym each day and refused to talk to anyone on the set just to get in the mode of his character.
He probably blew everyone’s mind when he lost four-and-a-half stone by eating just an apple and a can of tuna a day and smoking excessively for his role of Trevor Reznik in The Machinist. Not only that, right after the shooting for the film ended, he gained over 60 pounds to play the muscular Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins.
Before you think these guys are mad, think again. They are just passionate about their work and simply great artists.