April 19, 2001

                          NOTE FROM ERIC:

           Hollywood is abuzz with how Renee Zellweger
           gained 25 pounds and spent years studying a
             British accent for Bridget Jones's Diary,
            but she isn't the first actor to do wacky
              things to herself for a coveted role.

    The Top 9 Weird Things Actors Did to Themselves For a Role

 9. Linda Blair: For The Exorcist, took up bulimia long before
    it became fashionable.

 8. Samuel L. Jackson: Stood on his head in a swamp for 3 days to
    prove to George Lucas that he could be a Jedi.

 7. Matt Damon: For The Legend of Bagger Vance, learned the
    name of his own caddy and even conversed with him.

 6. Charlton Heston: During Airport '75 filming, refrained
    from shooting anybody.

 5. Robert Downey, Jr.: Completely replaced blood supply with

 4. Jim Carrey: For Me, Myself & Irene, strictly confined
    himself for weeks to just two of his multiple personalities.

 3. Tom Cruise: Married Nicole Kidman as promotional stunt for
    several mediocre films in the Nineties.

 2. Michael Jackson: Bleached his skin, eliminated his nose,
    tattooed on eyeliner, continually makes bizarre and
    inexplicable statements in public -- and they have yet
    to make the film which would justify these things!

    and the Number 1 Weird Thing an Actor Did For a Role...

 1. Dustin Hoffman: At first, he had trouble getting into his
    Tootsie role, but then he had an operation, and that
    changed everything.

              [   Copyright 2001 by Chris White   ]
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Selected from 37 submissions from 10 contributors.
Today's Top 5 List authors are:
Bill Strider, Gaithersburg, MD      -- 1, 9
Jennifer A. Ford, Ft. Wayne, IN     -- 2
Jude Benlab, Swarthmore, PA         -- 3, 6
Martin Bredeck, Hybla Valley, VA    -- 4, 7
Wade Kwon, Birmingham, AL           -- 5
Douglas Jones, Santa Cruz, CA       -- 8
Christopher Walken, Los Angeles, CA -- Just plain weird
Eric F. Lipton, Washington, DC      -- Topic, Script Doctor


        What happens when two giants of the entertainment
       industry join forces? Well, usually an embarrassing
         failure. But what happens when two runts of the
             industry join forces to mock the giants?

       Find out next week when Top5 Movies and Top5 Gaming
      examine Hollywood's obsession with making bad movies
      and video games out of any remotely successful title.

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