It’s common for actors gain or lose weight for roles, but the tight filming schedule for “J. Edgar” didn’t give Leonardo DiCaprio enough time to bulk up; instead, a team of makeup artists helped the actor transform into the portly J. Edgar Hoover.
“I really wanted to take a break and do the whole real physical transformation,” he admitted to Access Hollywood. “Of course, the film wouldn’t allow it. It was a massive amount of weight to put on in a very short amount of time. So thankfully, I had a lot of people around to help me in that transformation and I think it turned out pretty well.”