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1. Christian Bale
The Machinist (2004)

The producers of the film claim that Christian Bale dropped from about 173 pounds (78,4kg) in weight down to about 110 pounds (49,8kg) in weight to make this film. They also claim that Bale actually wanted to drop down to 100 pounds, but that they would not let him go below 120 out of fear that his health could be in too much danger if he did. His diet consisted of one can of tuna and an apple per day. His 63-pound (28,5kg) weight loss is said to be a record for any actor for a movie role.



He regained the weight in time for his role in Batman Begins (2005).

The Fighter (2010)

Christian Bale spent hours of time with the real Dicky Eklund to learn how to emulate him properly. He had to lose 30 pounds (13.6kg) of weight because Eklund was a crack addict at the time.

American Hustle (2013)

Christian Bale achieved the physical traits of his character by gaining over 40 pounds(18.1kg), getting a comb-over and slouching his posture and ended up herniating two of his disks in the process.
[he is said to have put on 43 pounds exactly which is about 19 and a half kg]


Christian Bale also gained his weight back after The Fighter whilst training for his role in the newest Batman, here's a nice picture and an article of the evolution of his constantly changing body.
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2. Eric Bana
Chopper (2000)

Bana admitted to eating junk food for four weeks to put on the extra weight needed to play Chopper. He gained 30 pounds(13,6kg) for the role.
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3. Aaron Behr
0000(2012)
The 6'2 Aaron Behr dropped from 205 pounds (92,9kg) to 141 pounds (63,9kg) for the feature film 0000.

0000themovie.com

thanks frankefurtheur

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4. Adrien Brody
The Pianist (2002)

Adrien Brody lost 14 kg (31lb) for the role of Wladyslaw Szpilman by eating a daily diet of two boiled eggs and green tea for breakfast, a little chicken for lunch, and a small piece of fish or chicken with steamed vegetables for dinner over a six week period. Initially his weight was 73 kg (161lb).
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5. Vincent Cassel
Mesrine: Part 2 - Public Enemy #1 (L'ennemi public n°1) (2008)

Vincent Cassel gained 20 kgs (44 pounds) for the role during the four months leading up to the shoot.
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6. 50 Cent
Things Fall Apart (2011)
The 34-year-old actor plays a football player diagnosed with cancer. 50 Cent dropped from 214 pounds (97kg) to an astonishing 160 (72,5kg) with a liquid diet and three-hour-a-day treadmill walks for nine weeks. "Wow! I was starving," he admitted.
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7. George Clooney
Syriana (2005)

George Clooney gained 35 pounds (15,8kg) on a pasta-heavy diet to play CIA operative Robert Barnes. The actor also shaved his hairline for the right look.
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8. Russell Crowe
Body of Lies (2008)

Gained 63 pounds (28,5kg) for his role in Body of Lies (2008).
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9. Matt Damon
The Informant! (2009)

To prepare for the role of the overweight character Mark Whitacre, Matt Damon gained over 30 pounds (13,6kg) prior to filming. He did this by eating lots of hamburgers, pizza, and dark beer, which he described in an interview as being "really, really, really fun". He dieted the weight off as soon as the shoot was complete.

Courage Under Fire (1996)

Matt Damon lost 40 pounds (18,1kg) for his role in the movie.
thanks ♥ CHANi

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Damon lost 30 pounds (13,6kg) for his role in the movie.

plus:
After a notable weight gain for Stuck on You (2003), he lost 22 pounds (9.9kg) training for The Bourne Supremacy (2004), eventually having six-pack abs.
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10. Benicio Del Toro
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Benicio Del Toro gained 40 pounds (18,1kg) for his role as Dr. Gonzo and, in the commentary during the Criterion Collection version of the DVD, says to have done so by eating multiple donuts every day.
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11. Robert De Niro
Raging Bull (1980)

Robert De Niro gained 60 pounds (27,2kg) to play the older 'Jake La Motta'.
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12. Vincent D'Onofrio
Full Metal Jacket (1987)

Vincent D'Onofrio gained 70 pounds (31,7kg) for his role as Pvt. Pyle, breaking Robert De Niro's movie weight-gain record (60 pounds) for Raging Bull (1980). It took him seven months to put the weight on and nine months to take it off with physical training.

Average listal rating (774 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating
13. Colin Farrell
Triage (2009)

To prepare for his role, Colin Farrell shed 44 pounds (19,9kg) to achieve a skeletal-like thin appearance that surprised both reporters and close friends. To obtain this look, he reportedly lived on black coffee, Diet Coke, and tuna.
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14. Michael Fassbender
Hunger (2008)

Michael Fassbender had to go on a medically monitored crash diet to portray Bobby Sands. He lost 33 pounds (14,9kg) in order to lend credibility to his character

thanks ♥ CHANi
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15. Ryan Gosling
The Lovely Bones (2009)

Mark Wahlberg replaced Ryan Gosling just days before shooting began. In preparation for the role, Gosling had gained 20 pounds (9kg) and grew out a beard. However, he vacated the role due to creative differences. Wahlberg, who had just completed shooting The Happening (2008), another production in Pennsylvania, became available just in time to accept Gosling's role.

INFO: I found so many stories about his weight gain it's hard to determine which one is most accurate but it is clear he did gain weight quite a bit at that time. Also the amount of pounds gained is not sure, as I read somewhere it was 60 lbs (that is about 27kg) which I find hard to believe but cannot be sure. I trust imdb more than gossip magazines.
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16. Tom Hanks
Cast Away (2000)

To make himself look like an average out of shape middle aged man Tom Hanks didn't exercise and allowed himself to grow pudgy. Production was then halted for a year so he could lose fifty pounds (22.6kg) and grow out his hair for his time spent on the deserted island.

Philadelphia (1993)

Tom Hanks lost 26 pounds (11,7kg) during his role for this film.

A League of Their Own (1992)

Tom Hanks gained 30 pounds (13,6kg) in preparation for his role. He attributed the weight he gained to a nearby Dairy Queen.
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17. Tom Hardy
Bronson (2008)
Tom Hardy put on 3 stone (42 lb, 19kg) to play Charlie Bronson, doing 2500 press-ups a day for five weeks.

thanks ♥ CHANi
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18. Garrett Hedlund
Troy (2004)

Garrett Hedlund gained 30 lbs. (13,6kg) of muscle for his role as Patroclus.

Friday Night Lights (2004)

Garrett Hedlund gained an about additional 20 lbs (9,0kg) for this movie on top of the 30 lbs that he had gained for Troy (2004). He was up to 200 lbs(90,7kg) when he'd usually been 155 (70,3kg).

Four Brothers (2005)
Hedlund had to slim back down for the role of Jack Mercer in Four Brothers.


Death Sentence (2007)
BN: "you look like you went through a lot of physical changes for the part, too. You look a lot bigger on screen."

GH: "I gained about 30 pounds (13,6kg) for the role. I spent a lot of time in the gym, which I really didn’t like, so as we got closer to the film, I would use that anger I had about working out as part of the character. I wouldn’t go to the gym, but I’d tear up the set."

thanks missasian
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19. Jonah Hill
21 Jump Street (2012)

The 27-year-old is estimated to have lost close to 40 lbs. (18,1kg) since last December, according to the Daily Mail.

Hill, who lost the weight through diet and exercise, started his weight loss earlier this year because he 'thought it was important to be healthier,' he told the Los Angeles Times.

'It's not fun,' he said of his efforts. 'I wouldn't say it's the most fun endeavor I've ever took on in my life—but its important. And I'm enjoying it. If I eat something unhealthy now, I kind of feel a little weird and my body hurts.'

Besides striving to get healthier, Hill may have shed the weight for his new role in the upcoming film '21 Jump Street,' co-starring Channing Tatum.
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20. Emile Hirsch
Into The Wild (2007)

Emile Hirsch lost 40 pounds (18,0kg) to play his role.
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21. Jennifer Hudson
Winnie (2011)

Jennifer Hudson has been sticking to a weight loss program that has brought her 56 pounds (25,4kg) lighter. Jennifer revealed she shed the pounds to play South Africa’s Winnie Mandela for the upcoming film Winnie.

Dreamgirls (2006)
Jennifer Hudson gained twenty pounds (9,0kg) to play the role of Effie White.
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22. Val Kilmer
Alexander (2004)

Val Kilmer gained over 50 pounds (22,6kg) and stopped working out for the plump role of Philip.
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23. Diane Kruger
Troy (2004)

Had to gain 15 lbs (6,8kg) for Troy because director Wolfgang Petersen wanted her to appear rounder. She has since lost the weight.
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24. Beyoncé Knowles
Dreamgirls (2006)

To play the super-svelte Deena Jones - modeled on naturally thin Diana Ross – for the film "Dreamgirls," Knowles lost 20 pounds (9,0kg), an idea that, she told reporters at the Cannes Film Festival premiere, was her own.

"At the beginning [of filming], I was my normal weight," she said. "I actually gained a little bit, but then I lost 20 pounds when I went from young Deena to old Deena. I wanted it to be something more than just make-up and hair. I wanted to see the change."
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25. Taylor Lautner
New Moon (2009)
After months of speculation and rumors, director Chris Weitz and the novel's author, Stephenie Meyer, confirmed on her official website that Taylor Lautner would be reprising his role as Jacob Black. It was doubted as the filmmakers feared he would not be able to become fit enough in time. However, he was given the go-ahead after gaining 26 pounds (11,7kg) of muscle.

thanks jllvalentine
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26. Jared Leto
Chapter 27 (2007)

Jared Leto gained 67 pounds (30,3kg) for the role. At times he was confined to a wheelchair due to so much added weight.

thanks dan

Requiem For A Dream (2000)

Jared Leto lost 25 lbs(11,3kg) and befriended real heroin junkies from Brooklyn to prepare for his role as Harry Goldfarb.

thanks kaionstrife
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27. Ewan McGregor
Trainspotting (1996)

To play the skinny heroin-addicted Renton, Ewan McGregor was placed on a simple diet consisting of no alcohol or dairy products in order to lose weight. It only took him two months to reach Renton's desired size.
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28. Edward Norton
American History X (1998)

To portray a skinhead in the movie "American History X," Norton put on 35 pounds (15,8kg) of muscle on his normally slender frame.

He has said he upped his protein intake to gain muscle. In an interview with Total Film, he said he spent about two and a half months getting into shape because he felt the character called for it.

"I think he's a character who's armored himself against the pain he's experienced in his life with his rage," he said. "I wanted him to have physically manifested that sort of armoring as well. When you talk to those kids, that's what those tattoos and muscles are all about. In a lot of ways, it's about creating a shield or a psychic empowerment device to deal with the feeling of being marginal and insecure."
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29. Gary Oldman
Sid & Nancy (1986)

Oldman lost weight to play the emaciated Vicious by eating nothing but "steamed fish and lots of melon," but was briefly hospitalized when he lost too much weight.
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30. Natalie Portman
Black Swan (2010)

Natalie Portman lost 20 pounds (9,0kg) to look more like a ballerina.
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31. Will Smith
Ali (2001)

Will Smith trained for six hours a day in order to get himself a genuine boxer’s body, and put on a staggering 35lb (15.8kg) in order to get in line with Muhammad Ali’s 220lb (99.7kg).
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32. Sylvester Stallone
Cop Land (1997)
Stallone gained 40 pounds (18,1kg) to add realism to his portrayal of the police officer. He also was only paid SAG minimum wages. By the time that reshoots were required, he had lost the weight again.

thanks Todd Hageman
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33. Hilary Swank
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Although she was naturally athletic from high school, she totally changed physically to play Maggie in Million Dollar Baby (2004). She gained nearly 20 pounds (9,0kg) of muscle due to the workouts, becoming so buff that her former clothes are still too small for her.
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34. Charlize Theron
+ Christina Ricci

Monster (2003)


Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds (13,6kg) for her role in the film. And Christina Ricci gained about 10 pounds (4,5kg) for her role in the film.

thanks dan
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35. Denzel Washington
The Book Of Eli (2010)

Denzel Washington shed about 50 pounds (22.6kg) in preparation for the role.
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36. Donnie Wahlberg
The Sixth Sense (1999)

According to M. Night Shyamalan, Donnie Wahlberg lost 43 pounds (19,5kg) for the role.

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37. Renée Zellweger
Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
To prepare for the role, Renée Zellweger gained 25 pounds (11,3kg).

thanks Pumpkinate
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Here's some serious dedication. I'm trying to include only the really drastic weight losses and gains.

They are in alphabetical order.

Most of the information is from The Internet Movie Database (IMDb)


UPDATE 1.12.2013
Ryan Gosling

UPDATE 15.7.2011, added:
Jonah Hill

UPDATE 22.2.2012, added:
Gary Oldman
Will Smith
Adrien Brody

UPDATE 2014, added:
Denzel Washington
Christian Bale's newest weight gain in American Hustle

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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Jul 30 21:24
"Safe" directed by Todd Haynes might be a good one to add

Julianne Moore had lost so much weight for the roll during the filming that Haynes was worried about her health.
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Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Jul 30 21:32
liked.

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Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Jul 30 22:12
Jared Leto got and 'extreme body modification' for the movie Chapter 27. you may see it
This list seems to be only for 'males' characters and actors, but if it's not, Charlize Theron got one for the movie 'Monster' too.
By the way, great list.
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Jul 31 1:44
Suggestions..
Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands in Hunger - http://www.listal.com/viewimage/1277052
Tom Hardy as Charles Bronson in Bronson - http://www.listal.com/viewimage/1277051
Matt Damon as Ilario in Courage Under Fire - http://www.listal.com/viewimage/1277050
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Aug 1 15:53
This list is VERY interesting. Loved it!
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Aug 4 4:14
This is called hard work and dedication
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Aug 4 12:17
nice list and nice work
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Aug 5 8:16
Total Transformation
Aaron Behr in 0000 (2012)
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Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Aug 6 1:43
Renee Zellweger gained weight for Bridget Jones's Diary. I was going to mention Tom Hanks, George Clooney, and Charlize Theron, but they seem to be covered.
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Aug 6 5:09
Cool, interesting list.
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Aug 14 5:54
Taylor Lautner gained sh*tloads of muscle for New Moon, also. Just throwing that in there.
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Aug 22 8:06
Crazy things some actors do! Cool list.
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Aug 22 19:20
very much approved. :D

ewan *___*
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Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Sep 14 9:54
Cool list! Garrett Hedlund gained 20-25 pounds in a month right after Georgia Rule (2007) and then Death Sentence (2007).]

Here:
http://i1023.photobucket.com/albums/af356/mad_stone/gh.jpg
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Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Sep 17 11:16
Thank you!
Posted: 4 years, 1 month ago at Sep 22 15:53
I think the machinist - Christian Bale and the 50 cent stories are by far the best. great list.
Posted: 4 years ago at Oct 14 19:48
You've forgotten one of the MOST dramatic weight gains for a movie role ever. That is Sylvester Stallone gaining nearly 50 lbs. for the role of a doughy, out-of-shape sheriff in 'Copland'.
Posted: 4 years ago at Oct 19 21:19
jonathan rhys meyers gained 25lbs of muscle for maning up for the tudors...and so he could get more masculine roles.
Posted: 3 years, 12 months ago at Nov 5 17:53
http://www.listal.com/list/almost-unrecognizable
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Dec 10 12:29
good work
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Jan 4 4:27
great list. not quite sure why jared's wasn't on top. he gained the most weight. but great list! :]
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Jan 24 19:22
crazy crazy crazy crazy people
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Feb 10 22:38
omfg - I wouldn't survive that O.O
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Feb 15 19:36
Someone tell Diane and Hilary they look much better with the extra weight - healthier...

Great list!
Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Mar 5 15:07
Diane looks so much sexier with a more rounded (and arguably healthier) body, no doubt. She was hottest in the movie Troy.
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at May 21 14:39
this is HARD DIETING and HARD EATING
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at May 25 15:12
Great list, but I couldn't survive myself on their diets
Posted: 3 years, 5 months ago at May 26 17:59
very good list, benicio del toro in the usual suspects too,
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jun 10 14:56
Wow, very interesting list. Thanks for sharing it. I don't know how they do it! :O
Posted: 3 years, 4 months ago at Jun 11 11:26
good
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Aug 6 6:11
What about Toni Colette who had to gain extra pounds for her role in "Muriel's Wedding"?
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Aug 10 17:19
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Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Aug 10 18:42
Great list. Thank you!
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Aug 31 11:07
Jared Leto also lost 25 pounds for Requiem for a Dream.

Great list by the way.
Posted: 3 years, 1 month ago at Sep 29 14:18
Holy Cow... Bronson and Machinist really got me goosebumps :D awesome list!°
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Jan 2 21:22
I Guess Val Kilmer never got rid of that gained weight.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jan 18 17:27
Meryl Streep gained something like 25 pounds for Prime and then had to lose 30 pounds to make The Devil Wears Prada. She also lost something like 15 pounds (don't remember) for Sophie's Choice.
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jan 20 19:33
Great list!!!!!!
Posted: 2 years, 9 months ago at Jan 24 19:08
I didn't find any info about Meryl Streep gaining that much weight... I only found an interview about The Devil Wears Prada where she tells that she lost only a few pounds.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Mar 14 7:07
suggestion:
alexander ludwig gained several pounds and becoming very buff for The Hunger Games
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Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Mar 15 8:28
I didn't yet find a good source to find if that is true, I'll keep looking and then I'll add Alexander Ludwig if I find some information.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 16 0:12
Christian Bale is the boss when it comes to transforming for movie roles! It's insane...
Posted: 2 years ago at Oct 31 5:50
Interesting list!I always thought Mr.DeNiro was the master of tranformation(Raging Bull). Christian Bale showed me what's possible. Interesting at Bale is that he loses weight then gains weight to lose again.Hardcore for his body.My Top 3 are:#3.DeNiro cause he's the 1st who gained that much weight after he trained very hard the boxing.The real Jake LaMotta told he did such a good work in body workout and sparing rounds that he could have started a boxing career.#2.Vincent Cassel(who is an incredible underated actor).I want to say that in Cassel's case it was the opposite.He first gained weight and lost during the shoot. The movies aren't shot chronological.He also told that it's a complete new body experience with lot more weight.The way you act, move, breathe and talk is complete different. #1.C.Bale.Astonishing what's possible with a diet and some sorts of doping (steroids, dehydration therapy,etc.) DeNiro and Cassel said they'd never gain that much weight for a role again.[#4 is Tom Hardy for Bronson.That's the workout the "real" Bronson wrote books about.]Good work!
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Feb 17 16:36
Actually Anthony Hopkins didn't gain the weight for the role, he wore a puffy full bodysuit and prosthetics. But thank you.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Apr 11 0:26
2500 press ups a day.... shit the fucking bed!!!
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at May 9 11:06
Hands down to these actors
Posted: 1 year, 2 months ago at Aug 17 17:31
cool list! if I can make a suggestion, I think Christian Bale lost a lot of weight for "Rescue Dawn" too!
Posted: 9 months, 1 week ago at Jan 23 12:46
yes ...Hands down to these actors....
Posted: 9 months ago at Jan 30 8:41
Bale and Leto for the win. fat, thin, fat, thin.
Posted: 6 months, 1 week ago at Apr 26 20:13
Very interesting list!
Posted: 3 months, 1 week ago at Jul 19 17:41
Bale is a chameleon...

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