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5 Movies That Permanently Affected Their Stars’ Bodies

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For many of us, the life of an actor seems like nothing but glamor and fame. They get paid millions, walk the red carpet, look flawless everywhere they go, and are loved by millions. However, the life of an actor is incredibly dangerous. So many have been injured on set (especially those in action films) and, because of their occupation, must often fight through the pain to finish the film. Here are five different actors whose roles permanently changed their bodies.

Donald Sutherland in “Kelly’s Heroes”

Donald Sutherland has been an acclaimed actor since the 1970s, starring in M.A.S.H. and most recently praised for his portrayal of President Snow in The Hunger Games. However, he nearly died while filming the 1970 film Kelly’s Heroes, contracting meningitis from the Danube River on set. Southerland said in an interview with the Smithsonian, “Just as I was seconds away from succumbing to the seductions of that matte white light… some primal force fiercely grabbed my feet and compelled them to dig my heels in.”

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Mila Kunis in “Black Swan”

Natalie Portman and her co-star Mila Kunis both had to lose weight to portray tiny ballerinas in Black Swan. While Portman went on a safe diet, Kunis went a different route. She simply cut her “calories and began smoking to lose weight. Kunis later said in an interview, “I don’t advocate this at all. It was awful.” She reportedly weighed 95 pounds during filming, and afterward, her body never looked the same.

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Tom Hanks in “Castaway” and “Philadelphia”

Tom Hanks isn’t known for method acting, but he went to some extremes when filming both 1993’s Philadelphia and 2000’s Cast Away. For both films, he lost a lot of weight, and the fluctuation may have contributed to his diagnosis of Type II diabetes. Hanks explained in an interview that after he lost so much weight, he gained it back in very unhealthy ways and it inevitably led to his diagnosis in 2013.

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George Clooney in “Syriana”

George Clooney was tortured by pain after a torture scene went wrong during the filming of 2005’s Syriana. The actor cracked his skull and injured his spine, leading to months in the hospital and dependent on painkillers. Clooney said that the ordeal was so impactful that he considered taking his own life. Luckily, he turned to physical therapy and met a practitioner who turned his life around. Clooney explained, “I went to a pain-management guy whose idea was, ‘You can’t mourn for how you used to feel because you’re never going to feel that way again.'”

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Jackie Chan In… Every Movie He’s Ever Made

Jackie Chan has broken almost every bone in his body. He’s dislocated his shoulder more than once (and putting it back in place is something no one ever wants to endure even the first time). However, his worst injury happened while filming Armour of God II. He slipped while jumping from a slope and had to have brain surgery. Chan told Parade magazine, “I still have a metal plate in my head and can feel the indentation from the impact.”

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