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10 Movie Roles That Seriously Screwed Up Actors

When Michael Fassbender took on the role of IRA political prisoner Bobby Sands in British artist Steve McQueen’s feature debut Hunger, the title should have tipped him off to what lay ahead. In order to accurately portray the iconic figure, Fassbender dropped over thirty pounds from his already lean frame, putting himself through tremendous physical strain in order to evoke Sands’ appearance near the end of his months-long hunger strike.

Fassbender relied on an extremely limited 900 calories daily to achieve the massive weight loss, and the work required by the film did nothing to ease his struggle. McQueen shot one seventeen-minute segment of the movie, a conversation between Sands and a priest played by Game of Thrones’ Liam Cunningham, in one punishing unbroken take, an added pressure atop the actor’s intense physical regimen.

The hard work would go on to pay off big, with the film winning one of the Cannes Film Festival’s highest honours and receiving endless acclaim for the Enda Walsh-penned script, propelling both Fassbender and his director to mainstream stardom soon after.