New photos hit the Internet of Hugh Jackman from the new "Wolverine" movie. The images of Jackman show him shirtless, lean and ripped, covered with muscles and veins. The movie, set for release on July 26, 2013, and it looks like Jackman has lost a lot of weight to play the X-Men member for this new comic book movie. Here is a look at other instances where actors lose a lot of weight to take on a movie role.
Christian Bale, "The Machinist"
Christian Bale made "The Machinist" before "Batman Begins," which made his amazing weight loss even more impressive. In "The Machinist," Bale plays a man who suffers from insomnia and has lost so much weight that he almost looks emaciated. He suffers from strange behavior and might be involved in a murder.
Bale lost more than 60 pounds for the role and wanted to lose more, but producers rejected his request for health reasons. He gained all the weight back, plus 60 extra pounds in muscle for the role of Batman.
Tom Hanks, "Cast Away"
In "Cast Away," Tom Hanks plays a man involved in a plane crash, ending up lost on a deserted island. His only friend on the island is a volleyball that he names Wilson. He is lost on the island for over four years and loses a great deal of weight as a result.
Hanks, at the time of filming, was 40 pounds overweight. To play the role properly he chose to lose the weight naturally instead of using makeup and CG to fake the effect. Production stopped for a full year, allowing Hanks to drop 70 pounds to play the role of the character four years after ending up on the island.
Donnie Wahlberg, "The Sixth Sense"
For the movies above, the men who dropped the weight were the main stars of the film and did it to help the film they headlined. However, former New Kids on the Block member Donnie Wahlberg only appeared in "The Sixth Sense" for the opening scene. Despite only having mere minutes of screen time, Wahlberg dropped 43 pounds for the role of an abused young man who shoots the psychiatrist he believes failed him.