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Movie Makeup So Good You Didn’t Recognize These Actors


If an A-list actor has appeared in dozens
of films, on magazine covers, and all over the internet, they’re not exactly going to
be difficult to identify. But for some roles, these same actors have
had to disappear completely. Here are the actors who became practically
unrecognizable under all that makeup. Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, 2016’s The
Bad Batch is a seriously crazy movie. Set in the desert wastelands of a dystopian
future, the film features Suki Waterhouse as a pistol-packing amputee, Jason Momoa as
a bodybuilding cannibal, and Keanu Reeves as a mustachioed cult leader. So far, so weird, right? But while these actors are playing roles that
are outlandish by any standards, they’re still pretty easy to recognize. After all, Jason Momoa will always look like
Jason Momoa. But there’s one actor in The Bad Batch who
looks more like a hobo than a movie star, thanks to a little grit, grime, and some scraggly
facial hair. Jim Carrey plays a greasy wanderer known as
the Hermit, and the only way you’d know it was him is if you stuck around for the closing
credits. Carrey’s skin is the color of bronze and the
texture of sun dried leather. His eyes are often covered by makeshift glasses,
his beard is absolutely filthy, and he wears fake teeth that are gnarled and misshapen. The man is covered in dirt and sweat, and
his matted hair is hanging past his shoulders. Most importantly, Carrey doesn’t say a single
word in the entire film. Carrey’s entire career has been built on madcap,
over-the-top antics — that usually involve a whole lot of shouting. But here, the guy is completely mute, and
it’s actually that silence that plays more of a part in keeping Carrey as unrecognizable
as any makeup ever could. Long before Tom Hardy bulked up for Bane and
Heath Ledger dolled up as the Joker, Danny DeVito was getting gross to play the Penguin. The diminutive comedian plays the umbrella-toting
bad guy in Batman Returns, giving the most disturbing performance of his career — which
is amplified by a whole lot of messed-up makeup. Thanks to the efforts of effects genius Stan
Winston, DeVito was given a prosthetic that started above his eyebrows, ran down his nose,
and ended above his lips, giving him that iconic beak. He’s also got a nasty set of false teeth,
dark circles around his eyes, and skin painted ghostly white. The top of his head was shaved for the movie,
with DeVito wearing a greasy hairpiece to give him the appearance of someone who spent
his life in a sewer. In scenes that emphasized his hands, DeVito
had to wear foam latex flippers. And then there’s the mouthwash. This stuff was made of red and green food
coloring, and it oozes from between the Penguin’s lips, giving him the look of a truly disgusting
monster. “And Danny came up to me.” “I love this.” “I was not talking to Danny DeVito, the
Penguin was there and he was scary.” On top of all that, DeVito was also wearing
a lumpy fat suit the whole time, giving him the look of a blubbery bird. At first, it took DeVito four hours to get
into all this makeup, but eventually, the crew whittled it down to just three. And once DeVito was ready, the dude never
broke character. In fact, when he had to come back to rerecord
lines in post-production, he actually put the makeup back on so he could recapture the
feel of the Penguin. Now that’s hardcore. Let’s get this out of the way right up front:
Bright really isn’t a very good film. But that doesn’t mean the movie didn’t work
a little magic. For one, the makeup is absolutely incredible. The folks at Amalgamated Dynamics did a fantastic
job of creating a world filled to the brim with elves and orcs. On top of that, Joel Edgerton also gives a
solid performance as Nick Jakoby, the first orc officer in LAPD history. And he did so from under a good foot of prosthetics,
too. Every day when Edgerton came into work, the
actor spent about three hours suiting up to play Jakoby. Since it took 60 days to film Bright, that
means Edgerton spent over a week of his life getting prepped with foam latex prosthetics. For his orcish skin, the makeup crew based
Jakoby’s motley colors on the appearance of hairless mammals, such as hairless dogs and
hippos. Paint the hands blue, slap on some fangs,
and voila, you’ve got yourself an orc. The whole process was so intensive that Will
Smith almost never saw his co-star out of his mythological makeup. But what’s truly impressive is that Edgerton
manages to convey so much emotion as the kindhearted Jakoby even though he’s buried under all that
latex. Gary Oldman isn’t afraid to lose himself in
a part. Over the years, he’s played an elderly Dracula,
Hannibal Lecter’s disfigured arch-nemesis, and even a space merchant with the galaxy’s
worst combover. Arguably Oldman’s greatest camo moment, however,
came when he played Winston Churchill in the biopic Darkest Hour. But the actor never would have taken the role
without the help of a man named Kazuhiro Tsuji. Tsuji made a name for himself working on films
like Looper, Hellboy, and Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. When Oldman was approached by director Joe
Wright to star as Churchill, the actor said he’d only do it if Tsuji came out of retirement
to work on his makeup. It was a fair request too, since, in fairness,
Oldman looks nothing like Churchill. Thankfully, Tsuji was up to the challenge. After six months of research and prep time,
Tsuji spent four hours each day transforming Oldman into the English wartime leader. Basically, Oldman’s entire face was enhanced
with prosthetics. The man even had bits of plastic shoved behind
his ears to make them look like Churchill’s. Instead of gaining weight, however, Oldman
opted to wear a bodysuit — but still had to wear a number of hairpieces, made of both
Angora and baby hair. Because the whole ordeal was so intensive,
the actor never ate or slept on set, too worried that he’d mess up the makeup. All that work paid off, however, as both Oldman
and Tsuji walked away from Darkest Hour with Academy Awards. “When makeup combines with amazing actor it
will become that person that we intend to create.” The MCU has had plenty of actors go totally
incognito over the years, mostly thanks to the power of motion capture and CGI. But while the Marvel animators did an amazing
job of transforming actors including Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo and Taika Waititi, you’ve
got to give credit to Karen Gillan and the MCU make-up team for going old school. The red-headed actress has shown up multiple
times in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Nebula, the blue-skinned assassin with some
major daddy issues. Over the course of the series, she’s evolved
from a single-minded murderer to a full-on Avenger, and just like her character, Gillan’s
makeup process has changed quite a bit too. When she first arrived on the original Guardians
of the Galaxy, Gillan was equipped with a five-piece prosthetic that took a staggering
five hours to complete. She had to wear 22-millimeter contact lenses,
paint her hands blue, and worst of all, she had to shave her gorgeous red locks to get
Nebula’s smooth dome. “But I still have my hair because Marvel were
very kind and they shaved my hair off and they made it into a wig for me so I can still
wear my own hair and that’s creepy.” But when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 rolled
around, the makeup crew cut the process down by two and a half hours. Better still, they only had to shave the sides
of Gillan’s hair, leaving her with a red top. And hey, that’s still a win. Charlize Theron is a powerhouse of an actress,
having given utterly breathtaking performances in movies like Young Adult and Mad Max: Fury
Road. Of course, she’s also an incredibly beautiful
woman, and was even named the Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire in 2007. In fact, she’s so good looking that she’s
actually complained about it, saying it often keeps her from getting the roles she really
wants. But her appearance didn’t stop her from playing
convicted killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003’s Monster. Of course, that’s probably because Theron
totally transformed herself into a grotesque serial killer for the part. To make herself look like Wuornos, the film’s
makeup team shaved her eyebrows, gave her a pair of fake teeth, and used makeup to dirty
up her perfect skin. Theron also stopped working out and began
to enjoy more of pretty much anything that was full of cream. By the time she was done with her anti-diet,
Theron had picked up 30 pounds. Most importantly, Theron understood how Wuornos
thought and felt by reading hundreds of letters written by the serial killer. Without getting into Wuornos’ head, the transformation
wouldn’t quite have been complete — but armed with all those letters and 30 extra
pounds, Theron gave one of the best performances of her career and earned herself an Oscar
for Best Actress. Johnny Depp has always been a big fan of makeup,
props, and funny hats. But his most amazing transformation comes
in Black Mass, where he plays the notorious James “Whitey” Bulger — homicidal mobster,
FBI informant, and head of the Winter Hill Gang. And rather than simply trying to capture the
man’s essence, Depp decided to copy Bulger’s look — right down to his icy blue eyes. Those unnerving peepers were courtesy of a
couple of hand-painted contacts. Meanwhile, Depp’s real eyebrows were completely
covered up, and to capture Bulger’s upsetting grin, Depp stained his teeth yellow. As for his face, makeup designer Joel Harlow
told Boston magazine: “From the middle of [Depp’s] face up is entirely
prosthetic.” But the most impressive part of Depp’s get-up
are the hairpieces. They were made out of real human hair, and
somebody had the thankless job of putting each and every hair into the prosthetic, one
strand at a time. It took 22 hours to make one piece, and Depp
had to wear a new one for every single day of filming. So yeah, getting the gangster’s look right
was a pretty intense experience. In fact, Depp and Harlow weren’t even happy
with the makeup until just five days before shooting started. And even better, while a lot of critics and
moviegoers were awed by Depp’s new look, the real Whitey Bulger was less than impressed
with his performance. Christian Bale’s physical transformations
are the stuff of Hollywood legend, and ever the glutton for bodily harm, Bale decided
to wreck himself once more by accepting the role of Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s dark comedy
biopic Vice. In addition to studying footage of Cheney,
Bale had to make himself bald, bleach his eyebrows, and wear multiple wigs for the role. He also spent four to eight hours a day getting
made-over. Basically every part of his body was replaced
or enhanced by a prosthetic, including his chin, nose, and cheeks. Bale was also really worried about his neckline,
so he spent $3,000 on a muscle-building machine to accumulate some mass — and ended up wearing
a neck prosthetic anyway. Most infamously, however, Bale packed on some
serious weight to play Cheney. The actor put on about 40 pounds in total
but, at one point in the shoot, actually lost the weight he had gained and had to wear a
fat suit for the rest of filming. And then there’s Cheney’s movements and mannerisms. Speaking with Newsweek, McKay claimed he had
a two-hour conversation with Bale just about the proper way for the actor to hold his jaw. While the film ended up being pretty divisive,
Bale impressed almost everybody with his performance, and the makeup crew earned themselves an Oscar
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100 Comments

  1. Not-so-smart aleck Author

    Jim Carrey (1:05) and Danny DeVito (2:05) should've kept their new looks.  Karen Gillan looked lovely at 5:32…   I think some of that "makeup" might help me, LOL

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  2. Not-so-smart aleck Author

    7:00  Charlize Theron "is so good-looking that she's actually complained about it!" (face – palm)… ….Yeah, life is tough sometimes!

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  3. dragonweyr44 Author

    How can you call Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos a grotesque? Sure, she hasn't got the supermodel good looks of Theron but she doesn't look nike the elephant man John Merrick. She looks normal, like roughly 90% of humanity

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  4. Badpoison1 Author

    Bright is a great movie that critics were obviously paid to bad mouth. Rotten Tomato score of 24% by the critics and 84% by the audience. A small bit of dnd knowledge makes the movie nothing but enjoyable.

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  5. Stephanie Logan Author

    Penguins be like "😶 REALLY?? blubbery birds?! Wtf bro?"
    Btw.. I thought Bright was a good movie. Movies at the very least should be entertaining, and it did entertain me.
    The Darkest Hour is one of the greatest films. I have watched it three times on Blu-ray.
    Theron in Monster is beyond incredible. And Depp on Black Mass was unrecognizable.
    Bale in The Machinist should have been mentioned as well. He dropped approximately that same amount of weight for that film.. 40 ell bees is a lot of weight to drop or pack onto ones body. He really will go next level for a role.

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  6. youreallbrainwashed Author

    The Encounter movie ad. Says, show me a miracle.. But then uses a defibrillator to save her life? How the fuck is using a scientific man made contraption an act of God? Stupid religious bullshit. Plus, religious movies are horribly cringy.

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  7. J.M. R. Author

    The Jim Carrey character looks like an older homeless gentleman here in Azusa, Ca. He used to stay on the bench on Azusa Ave till they blocked it for construction.

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  8. enter a name here Author

    Christinan bale wasn’t supposed to be a good actor but he is. His voice is very specific, his look is very harsh but handsome, he just seems like he was supposed to be a one dimensional character and could easily be typecast. But than you see his movies and you’re shocked, because you know it’s bale but it works

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  9. Dan Lewis Author

    Saying bad things about the movie, 'Bright' won you my thumbs down. How dare you?
    You apparently have no sense of diplomacy at all.
    Shame on you. Grow up now.

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  10. Nolan Miller Author

    The only people who don't appreciate Bright are generally those who couldn't create their way out of a paper bag and have more opinions than talent. "Oh, I'm sorry you didn't like a movie based in FANTASY about Wizards, Witches, Magic Wands, and Orcs that isn't the PG-13 Rated Harry Potter series. "

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  11. Paul Reichbert Author

    WTF? Jim Carrey was instantly recognizable by his eyes when he took off the sunglasses and I personally don't know who told you "Bright" was a bad movie cause everybody I know and myself liked the movie very much. But hey, just promoting the rating of rotten tomatoes seems fair enough, heh?

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  12. Thane Greyhaven Author

    OMG Karen Gillan? Do you have trouble recognizing people? I mean, people in your everyday life? Because some of these are so bleeping obvious that I can't believe for a second that anyone questioned who they were.

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  13. Quentin Adams Author

    The bitch I fucked in the ass last night thought my dick was a prostetic, till it got hard and went up her butthole, her first time getting banged by something you need a yard stick to measure

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  14. Michelle Coons Author

    I love Gary Oldman, every movie I have ever seen him in I have to wait for credits to see if it was really him. He so changes his look,voice, and mannerisms for each new role.

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  15. Clara Schneuwly Author

    Always the same comment try to recognize Sean penn in his Bernstein suit in carlito she way, the half bald red haired advocate is barely recognizable…

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