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|This actor became so immersed in his 'dark' role that he locked himself in his room for a month prior to filming & slept two hours per night.||The Dark Knight||91.1%|
|To better understand his character, this actor actually got a taxi license and worked 12-hour shifts for three months prior to filming.||Taxi Driver||88.6%|
|This actor spent months learning to play guitar and sing. He insisted that cast/crew call him 'J.R.', Johnny Cash's real name. ||Walk the Line||85.2%|
|This actress shed 25 pounds and insisted upon cutting off her own hair in order to comprehend the pain of a mother willing to do anything to keep her child alive.||Les Miserables||72.6%|
|To get into her dark role, this actress pierced her lip, brow, nose, nipples, and ears. Prior to the role, she did not even have her ears pierced.||The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo||71.2%|
|To capture the feeling of loss, this actor sold his car, his apartment and most of his possessions. He then withdrew from most human contact & cut back food to starvation levels.||The Pianist||64.2%|
|One month prior to shooting, this actress cut her hair short, bound her breasts & even stuffed a sock in her underwear to live as man in preparation for her role.||Boys Don't Cry||60.7%|
|This actor learned to put a record on a turntable with his toes. He remained in a wheelchair between takes and insisted he be spoon-fed all of his meals.||My Left Foot||59.3%||
|This actor claimed that he actually couldn't see during filming, much like the blind character he was playing.||Scent of a Woman||58.7%|
|For his role, this actor lived with Hunter S. Thompson for four months. The two enjoyed building propane bombs and shooting the largest guns available.||Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas||55.6%|
|This actor lost 63 pounds, a record for a movie role. He wanted to lose 10 more, but the studio wouldn't allow him due to concerns for his health. ||The Machinist||50.1%|
|This actor gained 30 pounds and built a studio so he could learn to master the artist's famous painting technique.||Pollock||35.7%|
|This actor stayed in character 24 hours a day during filming, much to the irritation of his co-stars & then-girlfriend. He put Limburger cheese in his pockets to smell horrible.||Man on the Moon||21.9%|
|To prepare for a scene in which his character has been awake for three days, this actor actually stayed awake for three days.||Marathon Man||20.9%|
|To gain 67 pounds for his role as John Lennon's assassin, this actor drank melted Häagen-Dazs, olive oil and soy sauce. ||Chapter 27||7.8%|
|This actor, credited with pioneering method acting, spent one month confined to a bed in Van Nuys Army Hospital to prepare for his role as a paraplegic veteran.||The Men||4.2%|
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