Personal Bests: See the Hottest These Stars Have Ever Looked

Hottest Bodies: See Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum's Personal Bests
Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love (left), and Jessica Simpson in Dukes of Hazzard
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updated 05/08/2014 at 05:00 PM EDT

originally published 05/08/2014 05:00PM

Unless they're trying to win awards, being hot is a 24/7 mandate for today's stars. But what happens when one of them takes a role that requires them to stand out from the pack? How do they raise the stakes? The answer is easy, even if getting there isn't: They need to achieve superhuman levels of babe-itude.

In honor of our Hottest Bodies issue, let's look at 10 actors who attained peak hotness for a role. If Oscar were a little more ripped, these are the roles they'd give him out for.



Bradley Cooper, American Sniper

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The American Hustle star has certainly had sexy moments in the past, but new paparazzi pics from the set of his upcoming American Sniper show a brand-new, bulked-up Bradley.



Jessica Simpson, The Dukes of Hazzard

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To play the namesake of that iconic pair of Daisy Dukes, the first-time actress spent two months getting in shape for the role. As she revealed in a 2005 PEOPLE story, Simpson tried her hand at a modified version of the South Beach diet and worked out six days a week – mostly squats and lunges. "She realized her butt was going to be plastered on 50-ft. screens everywhere, trainer Michael Alexander said. "That motivated her."

Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love

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The moment Ryan Gosling took off his shirt to reveal a body that Emma Stone can't believe isn't Photoshopped, the Canadian actor became an instant fitness icon. Still, though, he seemed uncomfortable with the amount – and the kind – of attention the scene brought him. "It's embarrassing. And it's silly," Gosling told AskMen. "That's why they cast me in the part – because it was never meant to be serious."

Instead of revealing his workout secrets, Gosling preferred to joke that his muscles were CGI. "James Cameron has a program called 'Ab-atar,'" he cracked. "All you have to do is wear a motion-capture suit, and it gives you abs."

Demi Moore, G.I. Jane

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In the '90s, Demi Moore practically invented the "talk about your workout" method of movie promotion. To get buff for her role as a Navy trainee in G. I. Jane, the actress underwent a grueling workout process borrowed from the military, under the tutelage of a former Navy SEAL She also shaved her head, a physical transformation that's slightly easier for the average person to emulate.

Channing Tatum, Magic Mike

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Tatum drew on his own history while producing Magic Mike, but that doesn't mean the actor enjoyed re-living the experience when it came time to film the male-stripper drama. Tatum worked out three hours a day and went gluten-free for the role, but the most painful part was the personal grooming – specifically, waxing his legs. "It was the most painful thing I'll ever do," he told PEOPLE in 2012. "And it's something I'll never do again."

Jennifer Garner, Elektra

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Garner already kept fit for her role as a spy on Alias, but she took it to another level for 2005's Elektra. To get the streamlined body of a professional assassin, Garner's trainer Valerie Waters led her client on a regimen of yoga, light weightlifting and cardio.

Chris Evans, Captain America

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In Captain America, Steve Rogers' musclebound physique is the result of an advanced super-soldier serum. In real-life, he had to get it the old-fashioned way: through protein shakes and lots of weights. Things got a little sillier for the sequel. As Evans joked with Jimmy Fallon, "We tried to do a little bit more gymnastics. Balance beams … I had a whole ribbon routine."

Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises

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Transforming into Catwoman wasn't easy for Anne Hathaway. The character's iconic catsuit became "a psychological terrorist" for the actress; as she told Allure, "Changing my life so I would fit into the suit … it dominated my year." The effort took five days of training a week, including an hour and a half of dance a day to give her the lithe flexibility of a cat. When it was all over, she didn't get to hit the Doritos; Hathaway next went on a severe diet to get gaunt for her role in Les Miserables.

Ryan Reynolds, Blade: Trinity

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Ryan Reynolds has played numerous action heroes in his career, but it was his role in 2004's Blade: Trinity that first had him leaving that pizza place in the rearview mirror. For his role in the vampire flick, Reynolds trained for three months, exercising six days a week and eating 3,200 calories a day. He credits the transformation for changing his life: "It taught me you can do things that were previously impossible," he told Men's Fitness.

Renée Zellweger, Chicago

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Getting in shape for a musical is tough for anyone, but Zellweger was coming from Bridget Jones's Diary, which required her to pack on the pounds to play a dowdy Londoner. To take the role of the devious housewife Roxie Hart, Zellweger went on the then-trendy Atkins diet and worked out every day, both in the gym and in dance class. The hard work paid off, and all that abs.

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