Whipped to Ripped: Amazing Transformations
In honor of Taylor Lautner's amazing 30-pound weight gain to portray New Moon's werewolf Jacob Black, we've corralled the top big-screen stars who went from whipped to ripped--abs, biceps and bods, that is. Click on to check out the results of our recent survey on who tops the list.
Angelina Jolie in Wanted
Angelina returns to the 'sexy assassin' role similar to her character from Mr. & Mrs. Smith as Fox in Wanted. Playing a beautiful killer, Jolie shows off her fighting and shooting skills as well as her very sculpted and toned body in this 2008 release.
Fun Quote: On physical roles: "Harrison [Ford] is doing it, and he's doing it well. It looks like I've got some more time."
Robert De Niro in Cape Fear
Robert De Niro pumped iron to play newly released convict, who's out for revenge after 14 years in the slammer.
Max: You think a couple whacks to my guts is gonna get me down? It's gonna take a hell of a lot more than that, counselor, to prove you're better than me!
Brad Pitt in Troy
It took six months of training for Pitt to get into shape for his role as Achilles. He reportedly trained to have his body look like that of Greek statues.
Fun Fact: Pitt claimed the filming was torturous for him due to the fact that he had to quit smoking.
Edward Norton in American History X
Norton also took his turn at bulking up his thin physique to morph into a Neo Nazi skinhead, a role that also earned him an Oscar nomination.
Ben Stiller in Tropic Thunder
From Meet the Parents to 'Meet the Guns!' -- arms that is! Stiller bulked up for his comedic role as action star Tugg Speedman in the hilarious Tropic Thunder, which he also directed.
Fun Fact: According to Stiller, his character is partially based on a young Sylvester Stallone.
Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler
Rourke's acclaimed role as Randy "the Ram" Robinson had him training for months before shooting. His former boxing career didn't help much in the wrestling ring, so on top of weight training and cardio, he took on actual wrestling practice. By the end of it, his trainers told him he was better than 80 percent of the WWF guys.
Fun Quote: I was more proud of that than the acting.
Russell Crowe in Gladiator
He may be wearing a skirt, but don't underestimate this coliseum champ. He wowed fans with his brawn as well as his acting chops in his Oscar-winning role.
Christian Bale in Batman Begins
Bale weighed only 110 pounds during the filming of 2004's The Machinist but he gained back a lot of his lost weight as well as doing an intense exercise regimen to bulk up to 210 pounds only a year later.
Fun Fact: According to DC Comics, Batman stands 6'2" and weighs 210 lbs. Christian Bale stands 6'0-1/2" (according to his IMDB profile) and at the time of filming weighed 210 lbs.
Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby
Swank deems boxing "the most intense workout you can ever experience." Her training included drinking egg whites, flax oil and protein shakes, boxing for two and a half hours, and an hour and a half of lifting six days a week.
Fun Quote: "I bloodied this guy's nose one time and I turned around to my trainer after the round was over and I smiled. And I didn't say sorry. It was just an amazing feeling."
Will Smith in Ali
The former Fresh Prince gained 35 pounds to match Ali's 220, and much of the film shows Smith taking real punches. Charles Shufford, who plays George Foreman, was given license to make his jabs as real as possible. Movie Quote: Ali: Is that all you got?
Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man
It's no surprise Toby took on a regimen to get him into tip-top shape for one of America's most beloved superhero franchises. He went from scrawny photog to buff web slinger. He even did his own flips with the Spider-Man hood on!
Gerard Butler in 300
Transforming into the warrior king of Sparta just about put Butler through hell; he trained with a world-class mountain climber and Venezuelan bodybuilder. But of course, it did the trick. After donning his cape, helmet and fighting underwear, he says he was standing there feeling like a lion.
Leonidas: Spartans! What is your profession?
Spartans: HA-OOH! HA-OOH! HA-OOH!
Daniel Craig in Casino Royale
Craig quit smoking and had a personal trainer to get into shape to portray James Bond -- the same personal trainer hired to work with Pierce Brosnan on The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day.
Demi Moore in G.I. Jane
The ever youthful and fit star takes her roles -- both as an actress and mother -- seriously, hiring coaches and nutritionists to remain healthy. For G.I. Jane, she took on Navy SEAL and obstacle course training, as well as running, swimming, push-ups, sit-ups and squats.
Fun Quote: "I want them [her daughters] to know that being thin does not equate to happiness."
Linda Hamilton in T2
To make her fight against the machines authentic, Hamilton underwent judo and heavy duty military training to portray Sarah Connor. She also learned how to change mags, load clips, and verify kills. Hey, if mankind depended on your boy to lead the resistance, you'd get whipped into shape, too!
Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity
Remember way back when Matt made a name for himself with his pal Ben Affleck in Good Will Hunting? He didn't have much meat on him then. To assume a spy's identity, he bulked up and actually took up boxing for the acclaimed Bourne franchise.
Fun Fact: Damon has gone the other way in the extreme as well, dropping an unhealthy 40 pounds for his role in Courage Under Fire.
Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet
Underneath the fedora and overcoat is a slimmed down Seth Rogen, who hired a personal trainer and hit the gym as hard as anyone else training for a superhero role. Hard to believe he's the same huggable teddy bear from Knocked Up.
Fun Quote: "I exercised to the point where he made me throw up."
Rain in Ninja Assassin
When he's not dripping in fake blood and covered in gashes for filming, Korean pop star Rain flaunts a well-defined bod. He reportedly ate only chicken breast and veggies for eight months and trained 10 hours a day to get ripped. We're in for some cool martial arts scenes, since the coordinating stunt team behind Ninja Assassin is 87 Eleven, who also worked on Bourne and Matrix films.
Ryan Reynolds in Blade 3
There's been a lot of body sculpting in the vampire-killing business of late, but back in 2003 it was just as common. Reynolds boasted a 20-pound muscle gain and shed his body fat to 3 percent in five months.
Jessica Biel in Blade 3
Jessica Biel's always been on the lean side, but she toned up for her vampire-hunting role.
Fun Quote: "There is so much pressure to look a certain way in this town. But it's nice to have a little meat on you, and I hope I inspire women to appreciate their muscular calves."
Hugh Jackman in Wolverine
Sure, he played Van Helsing and the hunky Drover in Australia, but Wolverine marked the first time the native from the Land Down Under was first on the cast list and his muscled physique was plastered all over his movie's posters. Don't let his brawn fool you. This man can sing and dance with the best of them on Broadway, and he's got a Tony Award to prove it.
Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2
Even before slimming down and shaping up for her role as Black Widow, Scarlett flaunted a voluptuous physique of envious proportions. She says it took months of stunt training to finally reach her goal of fitting into the skin-tight lycra suit.
Fun Quote: "It was crazy to see it for the first time. Everything all zipped up and all the weapons in there, bracelets on, the whole look. It was pretty sweet, I have to say."
Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man
It was only fitting for RDJ to go all out for a major comeback into superstardom. The unlikely superhero gained 20 pounds of muscle and had to wear an extra 40 in his iron getup.
Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia
Jake's come a long way from the troubled teenager look of Donnie Darko. To portray the Persian prince from the successful Sands of Time video game, he not only had to get a tan, he had to beef up and train for the amazing Parkour stunts that've become the game's unique signature style.
And the winner is, you guessed it, Taylor Lautner, who won by a landslide. You have to hand it to the 17-year-old; he had a bit part as scrawny Jacob Black in Twilight, and when it looked like he might get replaced for New Moon, showed Hollywood what he was made of. To gain 30 pounds and an eight pack, he adhered to a body-sculpting plan that consisted of eating every two hours and working out every day. Congrats to Taylor for securing his part, and giving Team Jacob something to scream for!