6 epic skills actors have to master for the role

In this post, we'll be showing you instances where favorite actors were forced to learn a new skill in order to perform iconic roles – some of these are absolutely unbelievable!

Sometimes it's not uncommon to forget that even our charismatic TV stars need to get their skill-learning game on. It's not always a bed of roses and they often have to learn skills that they never had any prior knowledge of.

Playing such unfamiliar roles in movies is a huge responsibility and may even take years of practice and hard work before these actors are able to perfect their skills.

Which of these skills do you think was the hardest to learn? Are any of your favorite actors, films or series on the list? Tell us in the comments!

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
David Roy
For the Jack Reacher movies, Tom Cruise had to learn to be a foot taller.
Jan 15, 2021 4:59PM
Kim B Ley
I'm a lefty but l reckon learning new skills like playing tennis and the violin left handed when you are right handed must be particularly challenging
Jan 16, 2021 3:40AM
Caroline Weis
I think ballet would be hard as you have to balance on your toes which puts a strain on the ankle, calf and thigh muscles and the toes.
Jun 12, 2023 8:07AM
Allison Aspden
Some of the skills required for these movie roles are pretty full-on.
May 25, 2023 2:29AM
Conrado De Leon
You ought to have included Richard Gere's training to tap dance in "Chicago".
Aug 27, 2022 8:10PM
Shoshana Katz
Ballet, piano and guitar
May 10, 2022 2:40AM
Rita Lawrence Edwards Meneses
Leticia Olsen, per my reply above...falling unexpectedly can easily cause cracked ribs. I'm sure she fell a lot with accelerated learning on pointe.
Aug 29, 2021 10:37AM
Rita Lawrence Edwards Meneses
Allison Aspden, I have heard that in several articles in the past year. I'm sure she fell a lot learning to be on pointe. As skinny as she was, it wouldn't take much to crack a few ribs in an unexpected fall. No many years of pre point ballet to prepare her.
Aug 29, 2021 10:33AM
Steve Whelan
Steve Whelan, mis-spoke
Apr 6, 2021 7:36PM
Steve Whelan
Helen Dakin, how would anyone know if they mid-spoke 😎?
Apr 6, 2021 7:35PM
Faith Bauerlein
I don’t think Ballet can cause multiple rib injuries! Leticia Olsen,
Mar 6, 2021 3:41AM
Faith Bauerlein
TheViolin is the hardest instrument to play.
Mar 6, 2021 3:35AM
Caroline Weis
Allison Aspden, not so far fetched if when balancing on your toes you fall. I don't think I'd really want to be a ballerina as it us hard on the ties and feet in general.
Feb 2, 2021 12:37AM
Robert Knibb
David Roy, Good one! 🤣🤣🤣
Jan 18, 2021 12:40AM
Dana Demos Boyd
I’m sick of not being able to see the pictures!!!
Jan 17, 2021 12:56PM
Janice Chichura
David Roy, hahahaha ... good one!
Jan 16, 2021 10:11PM


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