Actors aren’t just random people reading lines from the movie script, they’re also giving life to their characters, putting their very souls into them. Sometimes those characters are so screwed in the head, that it actually messes with the actors’ health, both physical and mental. That’s what you get for taking things too far!
Either way, these are just some of the actors, who have changed drastically, and not for the better, after playing extremely tolling roles. Remember to take it easy, people!
9. Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
How would you feel if someone told you to shave all your hair off and lose 50 lbs? You’d be just as devastated as Anne Hathaway when she was preparing for her role in Les Miserables. Apparently, her diet was so extreme, she was losing touch of reality, and of course, all that impacted her psychologically.
8. Keanu Reeves, The Matrix
It appears that during the filming of the Matrix, some higher forces really wanted to hurt Keanu really badly. It began when his girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, gave birth to a stillborn baby. Needless to say, such news can easily break anyone, and they broke up soon after that. Not long after that, Syme died in a car accident. Few weeks later 22-year-old Aaliyah (who played Zee in the movie) died in a plane crash, which postponed the movie by a few months. Not long after that, Gloria Foster, who played the role of The Oracle, had also passed. Meanwhile Keanu himself landed in the hospital after a motorbike accident, then went right back in with a foot injury. The movie’s budget was almost gone, and Keanu agreed to sign away $24 million of his own pay check to keep the entire production going. Thank the Architect, the movie did extremely well at the box office. At least now you know how the “sad Keanu” photo came to be.
7. Linda Blair, The Exorcist
Linda Blair’s performance in the Exorcist can be only described as uncanny, but there was a price to be paid. She was only 13 at the time, and to her this was just acting, fun, and games. The bad stuff started popping up after The Exorcist‘s release in 1973. For some reason people took her performance too seriously, and started bombarding her with questions about possession, faith, and Catholicism, that she simply wasn’t prepared to answer. It’s just a movie, for god’s sake!