18. Will Smith in Ali
If you’re going to tell the story of the greatest professional boxer of all time, you have to do it right. Working with Sugar Ray Leonard’s former fitness coach, Will Smith rose to the occasion, turning his 185-lb frame into 220lbs of lean, sinewy muscle through grueling six-hour-a-day workouts and intensive weight training. Smith told ABC News that the physical training was the hardest part about his preparation for the film, and that when he was at his peak physical condition during the filming of Ali, he was benching 350lbs. Through his focused training, the rapper-turned-actor ended up with a physique just as impressive as the former world champion. While the film garnered mixed reviews, Smith’s performance was praised and the actor received an Oscar nomination.
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