Ryan Gosling, ‘The Lovely Bones’ (2009)
For the role of Jack Salmon, the grieving father of Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, Gosling gained a whopping 60 pounds by, among other things, melting Haagen Daz ice cream and drinking it. When he showed up to set, Jackson was, according to Gosling, not so impressed by his dedication to the part. “What is this?” Jackson reportedly said, and Gosling says he replied, “It’s great, isn’t it?” “No, it’s not—hit the treadmill,” he replied. “We had a different idea of how the character should look,” Gosling told The Hollywood Reporter. “I really believed he should be 210 pounds.” He added, “It was a huge movie, and there’s so many things to deal with, and [Jackson] couldn’t deal with the actors individually. I just showed up on set, and I had gotten it wrong. Then I was fat and unemployed.” Gosling was canned, and replaced by Mark Wahlberg.