Extreme Measures: What Nick Jonas and Others Have Done for a Role

Lindsay Cronin | Aug 12, 2014

In the last several years, there have been many actors who have gone the extra mile, either gaining or losing weight before beginning their projects.

1. Nick Jonas

One of the most recent celebrities to make a body transformation is a Jonas brother, who is playing an MMA fighter for a series coming to DIRECTV this fall. For “Kingdom,” which premieres in October, Jonas bulked up to make his character more believable.

“I gained about 15 pounds of muscle for the role,” Jonas told E! News. “I really wanted to look like an animal who internalizes a lot, but when he’s in the cage and he’s fighting that’s when you see this kind of animalistic mentality that he has.”

Jonas took on several fun activities, including a number of sports and “traditional workout stuff,” like circuit training, strength training and conditioning. He also paid close attention to his nutrition, which is important considering he was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of 13.

“I really got into living a really healthy lifestyle and physical fitness last year,” Jonas said. “I saw pretty quickly how it improved my health and the diabetes. I’ve stuck with it.”

2. Chris Pratt

After making a name for himself on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” Pratt landed the role of Star-Lord in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and dropped between 50 and 60 pounds.

“People didn’t see me in this kind of role,” Pratt said. “I’m not sure I even saw myself in this kind of a role. I’d always thought I was too fat to be a superhero.”

According to Pratt, it took some persuading to get director James Gunn on board, but once Pratt proved he could ditch his “chubby guy” image, Gunn agreed.

Pratt revealed he cut out beer and embarked on a strict exercise plan, which included running, swimming, boxing and kickboxing. He also changed his diet, opting for healthier foods.

3. Matthew Fox

In 2012, the former “Lost” star lost 40 pounds in five months to play Picasso in “Alex Cross.”

“The training sessions were mostly circuit training,” Fox said. “You’re going non-stop from exercise to exercise, never taking any breaks for about an hour and a half. I was burning a lot of calories and working on certain muscle groups.”

Fox said his Italian mother “hated it” and so did he because giving up dessert didn’t sit too well with his sweet tooth.

4.Rob McElhenney

In 2011, Before filming began on FX’s seventh season of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” McElhenny decided his character would get more laughs if he was 50 pounds heavier. So, he embarked on a five-month diet of chicken, rice and Big Macs.

“As I started off, I was doing it with chicken breasts and rice and vegetables,” McElhenney explained to The Wrap. “But when you’re four months in it and you have to muscle down 1,000 calories for the third time or fourth time in a day and you have to either eat three chicken breasts, two cups of rice and two cups of vegetables – or one Big Mac – you start to see the Big Mac and realize it’s a lot easier to get down.”

At the end of shooting, McElhenney got back to his previous weight, losing a reported 23 pounds in a month.

“Losing it is easy,” he explained. “You just stop eating so f**king much.”

5. Michelle Williams

Before starring as Marilyn Monroe in 2011’s “My Week With Marilyn,” the “Dawson’s Creek” actress set out to emulate the icon’s size 14 frame.

“I wasn’t watching what I ate, let’s put it that way,” Williams said.

Still, Williams didn’t quite made it to her size 14 goal and wore padded pants to give herself a couple extra curves.

Would you take your body to a possibly unhealthy place to further your career?

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