================================================================== TOPFIVE.COM'S LITTLE FIVERS -- MOVIES ================================================================== 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 Nighttrain. 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 ] [ www.topfive.com ] ==================================================================
================================================================== 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. ================================================================== [ Copyright 2001 by Chris White All rights reserved. ] [ Do not forward, publish, broadcast, or use ] [ in any manner without crediting "TopFive.com" ] ==================================================================
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