Adrien Brody embraced all aspects of the role of Wladslaw Szpilman in “The Pianist”. For about a year, Brody “dropped out” of modern society and moved to Europe, selling his car and disconnecting his cellphone. He buried himself in Szpilman’s “World War II” memoirs about how he survived a Warsaw Ghetto and spent years hiding in the ruins of Warsaw.
Brody, who is 6’1”, dropped down to a weight of 130 pounds before filming, and spent four hours a day learning piano so he could play the pieces on screen. The whole experience brought Brody to a new level, and he became the youngest person ever to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, at 29 years old.