11 Surprising Truths On Adrien Brody

1. Brody is also the only male American actor to receive the French César Award.

2. Brody was born in Woodhaven, Queens, New York, the son of Sylvia Plachy, a photographer, and Elliot Brody, a retired history professor and painter.

3. His parents enrolled him in acting classes to distance him from the dangerous children with whom he associated. Brody attended Stony Brook University before transferring to Queens College for a semester.

4. To prepare for the role, Brody withdrew for months, gave up his apartment and his car, broke up with his then-girlfriend, learned how to play Chopin on the piano, and lost 29 lbs .

5. The role won him an Academy Award for Best Actor, making him, at 29, the youngest actor ever to win the award, and to date the only winner under the age of 30.

6. Brody appeared on Saturday Night Live on May 10, 2003, his first TV work, controversially giving an improvised introduction while wearing faux dreadlocks for Jamaican reggae musical guest Sean Paul.

7. He learned ventriloquism and puppetry for the role convincingly enough to perform all of the voice stunts and puppet manipulation live on set in real time, with no subsequent post dubbing.

8. He played Noah Percy, a mentally disabled young man, in the film The Village, by M. Night Shyamalan, shell-shocked war veteran Jack Starks in The Jacket, writer Jack Driscoll in the 2005 King Kong remake, and father-to-be Peter Whitman in The Darjeeling Limited by Wes Anderson.

9. However, Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. decided instead to cast Heath Ledger in the role. In 2010, he starred in Splice, a science fiction film written and directed by Vincenzo Natali.

10. Originally a Sundance film, Splice was adopted by Dark Castle Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros.

11. Most recently, he played the star role of Royce in Predators , directed by Nimród Antal and produced by Robert Rodriguez.

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