Paul Walter Hauser Lost 40 Pounds to Play Suspected Serial Killer Larry Hall: See the Transformation

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Paul Walter Hauser transformed himself mind, assemblage and psyche for the relation of suspected serial slayer Larry Hall.

The Richard Jewell star mislaid 40 pounds to play the notorious Hall, who is suspected to beryllium liable for the murders of up to 45 women successful the '80s and '90s, for the upcoming Apple TV+ bid Black Bird.

While helium dropped the pounds, Hauser credits the series' hairsbreadth and make-up teams for perfecting Hall's hairsbreadth and his infamous muttonchop sideburns, which Hall called "burnsides."

After seeing his full makeover, it's astonishing to larn that Hauser initially hesitated to instrumentality the role. He says the project's aggravated taxable substance gave him pause.

"To beryllium honest, I don't cognize that I would've adjacent signed on, had it been a gross-out serial slayer story," Hauser told Entertainment Weekly. "The older I get, the little funny I americium successful watching existent transgression due to the fact that the satellite is successful specified a place."

The series, based connected the book In with the Devil: A Fallen Hero, a Serial Killer, and a Dangerous Bargain for Redemption by James Keene and Hillel Levin, follows Jimmy Keene (Bohemian Rhapsody's Taron Egerton) arsenic helium begins a 10-year situation sentence. However, if helium tin elicit a confession from Hall, helium volition beryllium freed.

For Hauser, it was the imaginable of getting to the halfway of the dynamic betwixt Hall and Keene that made him accidental yes to the series.

"I deliberation what we did present is we're telling a communicative astir a relationship, and it's truly an undercover benignant of transgression story," helium said. "So we don't get into the ooey-gooey, 'let maine amusement you the gory detail' stuff. It's truly much of a intelligence drama, and that's the benignant of happening I ticker arsenic often arsenic possible."

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Hauser didn't lone person to alteration his body—he had to change his dependable arsenic well. Hall's dependable is overmuch higher than Hauser's range, and helium drew upon an Academy Award winning show for inspiration. 

"When Mahershala Ali did that movie Green Book, the existent feline helium was playing, helium said the registry was truthful high-pitched that helium had to benignant of chopped it successful fractional to marque it believable and besides not distracting for the spectator successful the film," Hauser told EW. "I benignant of did the aforesaid happening with Larry."

Black Bird premieres July 8 connected Apple TV+.

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Paul Walter Hauser arsenic Larry Hall

In Apple TV+'s Black Bird, the Richard Jewell prima mislaid 40 pounds to play suspected serial slayer Larry Hall.

Hauser credited the series' hairsbreadth and make-up teams for perfecting Hall's hairsbreadth and his infamous muttonchop sideburns, which Hall called "burnsides."

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Jessica Biel arsenic Candy Montgomery

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Renée Zellweger arsenic Pam Hupp

The Oscar-winning histrion totally transformed into convicted slayer Pam Hupp utilizing prosthetics and assemblage padding for NBC's TV series The Thing About Pam, based connected Dateline's incredibly successful true crime podcast.

The Thing About Pam is based connected the 2011 execution of Betsy Faria that resulted successful her hubby Russ' conviction. While Russ was aboriginal exonerated the transgression acceptable disconnected a concatenation of events that yet exposed a villainous strategy planned by Pam.

The Thing About Pam premiered Mar. 8, 2022 connected NBC.

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Joey King arsenic Gypsy Blanchard

The Kissing Booth prima had to shave her caput for the relation of Gypsy successful Hulu's The Act, a miniseries astir the pistillate whose parent Dee Dee claimed she was extremely sick and had the intelligence capableness of a 7 year-old for years and years, until Dee Dee was recovered murdered and it was revealed that Gypsy was really a wholly steadfast adult. 

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Patricia Arquette arsenic Dee Dee Blanchard

And Patricia Arquette, who had already transformed for her award-winning show successful Showtime's Escape astatine Dannemora, gained value to play Dee Dee herself, though she didn't summation arsenic overmuch value arsenic she would person needed to wholly physically lucifer the existent person, particularly aft each of the value fluctuation she had gone done for Dannemora.  

"This existent woman was similar a 100 pounds more, and I thought, I volition die. I'll conscionable beryllium a dormant person, truthful I'm gonna halt here." 


Eric Bana arsenic John Meehan

The Troy prima dipped his toed backmost into TV for the relation of John Meehan, a con creator with a sordid past connected Bravo's Dirty John. 

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Connie Britton arsenic Debra Newell

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Jean Smart arsenic Arlane Hart

The Designing Women and Fargo seasoned is astir unrecognizable arsenic Debra's parent Arlane Hart.

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Edie Falco arsenic Leslie Abramson

The Nurse Jackie histrion suited up arsenic the curly haired ineligible eagle connected the archetypal play of Law & Order: True Crime, which focused connected the celebrated Menendez brothers execution case. In 1994, Lyle and Erik Menendez were convicted successful a high-profile proceedings for the 1989 murders of their affluent parents, amusement enforcement Jose and his woman Kitty.

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Al Pacino arsenic Phil Spector

Starring successful HBO's Phil Spector, the Oscar victor got wiggy with it erstwhile helium took connected the relation of the eccentric "Wall of Sound" ace producer, who was recovered blameworthy of sidesplitting histrion Lana Clarkson aft a nighttime of drinking successful 2003.

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Edgar Ramirez arsenic Gianni Versace

For Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story, The Girl connected the Train prima wholly transformed his quality for his relation arsenic the slain Italian manner designer, who was murdered extracurricular his Miami mansion by Andrew Cunanan connected July 15, 1997.

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Penelope Cruz arsenic Donatella Versace

The Spanish prima donned 1 earnestly blonde wig to play the fashionable sister of Gianni Versace successful the 2nd play of American Crime Story.

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Darren Criss arsenic Andrew Cunanan

The erstwhile Glee prima donned immoderate slayer jorts for his relation arsenic Gianni Versace's slayer in the 2nd play of Ryan Murphy's American Crime Story. The 28-year-old killed astatine slightest 4 radical earlier murdering the famed manner decorator successful beforehand of his Miami mansion connected July 15, 1997. On July 24, 1997, helium committed suicide.

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Addison Timlin arsenic Colleen Stan

In Girl successful the Box, the histrion went afloat throttle for her relation arsenic a kidnap unfortunate who was kept successful a container and utilized arsenic a enactment enslaved for 7 years by Cameron Hooker. Eventually his woman turned him and and Hooker was sentenced to 104 years successful prison.

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Gethin Anthony arsenic Charles Manson

Making rather the carnal change, the British Game of Thrones prima went caput archetypal into the relation of the Manson Family's caput honcho connected the play Aquarius. 

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Hayden Panettiere arsenic Amanda Knox

The Nashville actress starred arsenic Foxy Knoxy successful the Lifetime movie Amanda Knox: Murder connected Trial in Italy successful 2011. Knox was accused of killing her roommate Meredith Kercher connected Nov. 1, 2007, during her semester overseas successful Perugia, Italy.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. arsenic O.J. Simpson

The Oscar victor jumped into portraying The Juice for FX's American Crime Story successful 2016. The fallen shot leader was enactment connected proceedings for the 1994 execution of his ex woman Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. 

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Taryn Manning arsenic Michelle Knight

The Orange Is the New Black histrion starred arsenic a 10-year kidnapping unfortunate successful the 2015 Lifetime movie Cleveland Abduction. The prima played the oldest of the 3 women who were held captive by Ariel Castro for astir a decennary earlier escaping successful 2013.

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Sarah Paulson arsenic Marcia Clark

Ryan Murphy's go-to miss went for a full translation and nabbed an Emmy for her portrayal of the dogged pb authoritative successful the O.J. Simpson proceedings connected FX's American Crime Story successful 2016.

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Zelda Williams arsenic Janice Hooker

Robin Williams' girl was hardly recognizable erstwhile she took connected the relation of Cameron Hooker's woman and accomplice successful the TV movie Girl successful the Box, astir a mates who kidnaps a woman, Colleen Stan, and uses her arsenic a enactment enslaved for 7 years.

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Rob Lowe arsenic Drew Peterson

The hunky histrion opted for caller 'do and a 'stache to look successful Lifetime's Drew Peterson: Untouchable in 2012. Lowe took connected the relation of the erstwhile constabulary sergeant who was convicted successful 2012 of his 3rd wife's decease aft his 4th woman disappeared. Peterson received a situation condemnation of 38 years connected February 21, 2013. His 4th wife, Stacy, is inactive missing.

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John Travolta arsenic Robert Shapiro

The Hollywood heavyweight, who started disconnected successful TV, went backmost to his roots erstwhile helium played the famed defence attorney, who was portion of O.J. Simpson's ineligible "Dream Team," successful American Crime Story successful 2016.

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Eric Dane arsenic Tex Watson

The erstwhile Grey's Anatomy prima kicked things backmost to the '60s erstwhile helium played the charming but deadly Charles "Tex" Watson, a subordinate of Charles Manson's Manson Family, successful the TV movie Helter Skelter, based connected Vincent Bugliosi's famed existent transgression book.

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Tania Raymonde arsenic Jodi Arias

Rocking that infamous hairstyle, the Goliath prima played the murderous pistillate successful the made-for-television movie Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret astir the sidesplitting of Travis Alexander, her ex boyfriend.

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Rob Lowe arsenic Ben Novak Jr.

The histrion dusted disconnected immoderate chill shades to play murdered millionaire and Fontainebleau edifice heir successful the made-for-TV movie Beautiful & Twisted in 2015. Ben's estranged wife, Narcy Novak, was convicted of orchestrating the murders and was sentenced to beingness successful situation without the anticipation of parole.

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Alyssa Milano arsenic Amy Fisher

The Charmed histrion played the infamous teen in Lifetime's 1993 flick, Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story, astir Joey Buttafuoco's possessive young person who took aim—literally—at his wife, Mary Jo Buttafuoco.

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Christina Ricci arsenic Lizzie Borden

The kid prima grew up and suited up for the TV movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax and the mini-series The Lizzie Borden Chronicles about the infamous pistillate who was accused of sidesplitting her begetter and stepmother with an ax successful Fall River, Rhode Island successful 1892.

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