Her transformation from teen cutie into a boy won gold, but threatened her sanity
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MALE FACTOR Swank, left, as a ”90210” babe and, right, as babe magnet Brandon in ”Boys Don’t Cry”

Hilary Swank’s dramatic transformation into a man in the Oscar-winning true drama ”Boys Don’t Cry” happened long before the word ”Action!” To get into the character of Teena Brandon — the young Nebraska woman who posed as a guy named Brandon and was killed in 1993 by the friends who discovered her secret — Swank spent four weeks prior to shooting living life dressed as a male.

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