Like a sec­ond skin

> In­ter­change star Ni­cholas Sa­pu­tra is the lat­est among a se­lect group of ac­tors who have un­der­gone phys­i­cal changes for their art

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY BISSME S.

IN­DONE­SIAN ac­tor Ni­cholas Sap­tura looks dash­ing in most of his films. But in the Dain Said’s lat­est film In­ter­change, which opens in cin­e­mas to­day, the ac­tor ap­pears as a sin­is­ter crea­ture.

Ni­cholas had to un­dergo two to six hours of makeup, in­clud­ing putting on pros­thet­ics, to achieve the an­i­mal-like look for his role. He is not the first ac­tor to un­dergo such a dras­tic trans­for­ma­tion.

Be­low are some Hol­ly­wood greats who had gone the ex­tra mile for a film role.

Chris­tian Bale in The Ma­chin­ist (2004) The ac­tor lost 38kg for his role. He orig­i­nally wanted to lose 45kg, but was ad­vised against it as it would en­dan­ger his health.

Bale’s diet con­sisted of one can of tuna and an ap­ple a day. His 38kg weight loss is said to be a record for any ac­tor for a film role.

Robert De Niro in Rag­ing Bull (1980) To play the iconic boxer Jake LaMotta, De Niro trained with the leg­end him­self and also fought in three dif­fer­ent box­ing matches in real life, in or­der to look con­vinc­ing on screen.

To por­tray LaMotta’s later years, De Niro had to put on 27kg. The dras­tic weight change gave him rashes and breath­ing is­sues but he picked up the best ac­tor Os­car for all his suf­fer­ing.

John Tra­volta in Hair­spray (2007) To play the hefty Edna Turn­blad, Tra­volta wore a 14kg fat suit which caused him to sweat a lot, and un­der­went more than four hours of makeup. He also had to dance in heels.

Cur­tis Jack­son/50 Cent in All Things Fall Apart (2012) To play a col­lege foot­ball player strug­gling with can­cer, the rap­per had to drop 25kg.

To do that, he sur­vived on a nine-week liq­uid diet, and worked out mul­ti­ple times a day.

Tom Cruise in Tropic Thun­der (2008) Cruise put his good looks aside to play over­weight, mid­dle-aged, and ex­tremely potty-mouthed film pro­ducer Les Gross­man.

He also donned a fat suit, large pros­thetic hands, chest hair wig and a bald cap for his stand­out role.

Ralph Fi­ennes in Harry Pot­ter se­ries (2005-2011) To get into skin of Harry Pot­ter’s neme­sis Lord Volde­mort, Fi­ennes shaved his head ev­ery day, wore fake fin­ger­nails, den­tures and rep­til­ian skin, and un­der­went a three-hour makeup ses­sion.

Chil­dren even burst into tears upon see­ing him on set.

Ed­die Mur­phy in The Nutty Pro­fes­sor (1996) Mur­phy played seven char­ac­ters in the film, where he had to wear a fat suit made of polyurethane and span­dex, over­sized rub­ber hands, and la­tex blad­ders. The film won an Os­car for best makeup.

Brad Pitt in The Cu­ri­ous Case of Ben­jamin But­ton (2008) The hand­some ac­tor had to en­dure

Get­ting into the skin of their char­ac­ters … (clock­wise from left) Ni­cholas; Jack­son; Leto; Mur­phy; Tra­volta; Hurt; Bale; and Depp. (bot­tom, from left) Fi­ennes; Pitt; De Nero; Cruise; and Old­man.

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