Gym rats and Netflix abusers can agree on one thing: when it comes to losing weight, it’s no walk in the park. Hollywood actors regularly endure this daunting task when they’re forced to shrink their already perfectly fit bodies down to nothingness for roles, then snap back to their healthy forms as quickly as is humanly possible.
Adam Driver is the latest victim of forced weight loss for his role in Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Driver’s character is a 17th century Jesuit priest during a food shortage, and he and his costar Andrew Garfield were required to lose weight before starting filming, then continue withering away over the course of the film. "You’re so hungry and so tired at some points that there’s nothing you can do — you’re not adding anything on top of what you’re doing. You only have enough energy to convey what you’re doing, so it’s great,“ Driver told Interview Magazine. "I can’t control what’s happening in scenes, but I could control when I ate food. And that visual part of the storytelling, I don’t think I’ve ever taken it to the extreme before." Click through to see the extreme measures that 17 stars were willing to take for the right role.