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10 Insane Skills Actors Learned For Movie Roles

Want to work for Chris Nolan? Easy - just learn how to fight backwards.

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The greatest acting in the world is about much more than just speaking your lines and conveying the right emotions: you have to convince the audience that you truly belong within the world of the film, that you truly are your character.

Raw talent can help you accomplish that task, sure, but we've also seen actors do other things like pack on muscle, shed fat, or speak in a completely different dialect, just to juice up their performances and give them that extra bit of authenticity.

Something else that many stars like to do while prepping for a role is learn a brand-new skill, and while these are often quite "basic" and are quite common for actors to learn - such as riding a horse, shooting a gun, or playing an instrument - some acquire abilities that are a lot more unusual or a lot more unique.

While a lot of these actors could've got away with not going that extra mile, they went out of their way to pick up some pretty insane skills, and their performances - and their movies as a whole - undoubtedly benefited from that decision.

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