Amanda Seyfried Goes Brunette, Other Actresses Who Changed Their Appearance for Movies

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Amanda Seyfried has revealed a new look for the upcoming biopic of porn star Linda Lovelace. The movie, originally casting Lindsay Lohan in the title role until her battles with the law overcame her life, released some promo material of Seyfried in the form of a poster.

Seyfried adorns the poster with some pretty big names listed beside her photo, including James Franco, Sharon Stone and Sarah Jessica Parker. What is most striking about the poster is that Seyfried has undergone a transformation, going brunette to play the porn queen. It barely looks like the 26-year old actress as she transforms into her character.

Renee Zellweger

Seyfried is not the only successful actress to transform herself for a role. Renee Zellweger had already built a nice career for herself when she signed on to portray Bridget Jones in both "Bridget Jones' Diary" and "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason." For both movies, she packed on the pounds, adding weight to properly portray the character the story was about.

Now, with a third movie possibly on the way, Zellweger is looking at maybe adding the weight again.

"I had a panic attack with all the specialists talking about how bad this is for you, long term, putting on that much weight in short periods of time and they're all saying, 'You must stop this now or you're going to die'," Zellweger told the Daily Mail.

Charlize Theron

While putting on extra weight is a health hazard and changing a hair color is a cosmetic change, Charlize Theron completely disappeared into her role in the serial killer movie, "Monster." Theron, one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, transformed herself into the real-life serial killer, an unattractive, manly woman. Theron was unrecognizable in the role and Hollywood took notice, awarding her with an Oscar for Best Actress.

"Aileen (Wuornos) carried scars on her body from her lifestyle," Theron told Spliced Wire. "It was about getting to a place where I felt closer to how Aileen was living. I didn't want to look at my body and see my natural muscle. That kind of thing would have thrown me off completely in trying to be her."

Rooney Mara

A more recent example of a woman transforming herself for her movie role comes in the form of Rooney Mara. In the American remake of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Mara went from being a very pretty, petite actress into her translation of Lisbeth Salander from the successful novels.

Mara shaved her eyebrows, lost a significant amount of weight, added numerous piercings to her body and dyed her hair pitch black. It was a radical transformation that helped the beauty become Lisbeth on the screen.

"It was definitely a hard character to shake off, especially because physically I still kind of looked like her," Mara told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "More than that, it was hard to just come off of the experience in general."

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