If an A-list actor has appeared in dozensof films, on magazine covers, and all over the internet, they're not exactly going tobe difficult to identify.
But for some roles, these same actors havehad to disappear completely.
Here are the actors who became practicallyunrecognizable under all that makeup.
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, 2016's TheBad Batch is a seriously crazy movie.
Set in the desert wastelands of a dystopianfuture, the film features Suki Waterhouse as a pistol-packing amputee, Jason Momoa asa bodybuilding cannibal, and Keanu Reeves as a mustachioed cult leader.
So far, so weird, right? But while these actors are playing roles thatare outlandish by any standards, they're still pretty easy to recognize.
After all, Jason Momoa will always look likeJason Momoa.
But there's one actor in The Bad Batch wholooks more like a hobo than a movie star, thanks to a little grit, grime, and some scragglyfacial hair.
Jim Carrey plays a greasy wanderer known asthe Hermit, and the only way you'd know it was him is if you stuck around for the closingcredits.
Carrey's skin is the color of bronze and thetexture 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, andhis matted hair is hanging past his shoulders.
Most importantly, Carrey doesn't say a singleword 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, andit's actually that silence that plays more of a part in keeping Carrey as unrecognizableas any makeup ever could.
Long before Tom Hardy bulked up for Bane andHeath Ledger dolled up as the Joker, Danny DeVito was getting gross to play the Penguin.
The diminutive comedian plays the umbrella-totingbad guy in Batman Returns, giving the most disturbing performance of his career — whichis amplified by a whole lot of messed-up makeup.
Thanks to the efforts of effects genius StanWinston, 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 spenthis life in a sewer.
In scenes that emphasized his hands, DeVitohad to wear foam latex flippers.
And then there's the mouthwash.
This stuff was made of red and green foodcoloring, and it oozes from between the Penguin's lips, giving him the look of a truly disgustingmonster.
“And Danny came up to me.
” “I love this.
” “I was not talking to Danny DeVito, thePenguin was there and he was scary.
” On top of all that, DeVito was also wearinga lumpy fat suit the whole time, giving him the look of a blubbery bird.
At first, it took DeVito four hours to getinto all this makeup, but eventually, the crew whittled it down to just three.
And once DeVito was ready, the dude neverbroke character.
In fact, when he had to come back to rerecordlines in post-production, he actually put the makeup back on so he could recapture thefeel 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 worka little magic.
For one, the makeup is absolutely incredible.
The folks at Amalgamated Dynamics did a fantasticjob of creating a world filled to the brim with elves and orcs.
On top of that, Joel Edgerton also gives asolid 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, theactor spent about three hours suiting up to play Jakoby.
Since it took 60 days to film Bright, thatmeans Edgerton spent over a week of his life getting prepped with foam latex prosthetics.
For his orcish skin, the makeup crew basedJakoby's motley colors on the appearance of hairless mammals, such as hairless dogs andhippos.
Paint the hands blue, slap on some fangs, and voila, you've got yourself an orc.
The whole process was so intensive that WillSmith almost never saw his co-star out of his mythological makeup.
But what's truly impressive is that Edgertonmanages to convey so much emotion as the kindhearted Jakoby even though he's buried under all thatlatex.
Gary Oldman isn't afraid to lose himself ina part.
Over the years, he's played an elderly Dracula, Hannibal Lecter's disfigured arch-nemesis, and even a space merchant with the galaxy'sworst 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 rolewithout the help of a man named Kazuhiro Tsuji.
Tsuji made a name for himself working on filmslike Looper, Hellboy, and Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes.
When Oldman was approached by director JoeWright to star as Churchill, the actor said he'd only do it if Tsuji came out of retirementto 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 enhancedwith prosthetics.
The man even had bits of plastic shoved behindhis ears to make them look like Churchill's.
Instead of gaining weight, however, Oldmanopted to wear a bodysuit — but still had to wear a number of hairpieces, made of bothAngora 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 Oldmanand Tsuji walked away from Darkest Hour with Academy Awards.
“When makeup combines with amazing actor itwill become that person that we intend to create.
” The MCU has had plenty of actors go totallyincognito over the years, mostly thanks to the power of motion capture and CGI.
But while the Marvel animators did an amazingjob of transforming actors including Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo and Taika Waititi, you'vegot to give credit to Karen Gillan and the MCU make-up team for going old school.
The red-headed actress has shown up multipletimes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Nebula, the blue-skinned assassin with somemajor daddy issues.
Over the course of the series, she's evolvedfrom a single-minded murderer to a full-on Avenger, and just like her character, Gillan'smakeup process has changed quite a bit too.
When she first arrived on the original Guardiansof the Galaxy, Gillan was equipped with a five-piece prosthetic that took a staggeringfive 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 getNebula's smooth dome.
“But I still have my hair because Marvel werevery kind and they shaved my hair off and they made it into a wig for me so I can stillwear my own hair and that's creepy.
” But when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
2 rolledaround, the makeup crew cut the process down by two and a half hours.
Better still, they only had to shave the sidesof 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: FuryRoad.
Of course, she's also an incredibly beautifulwoman, and was even named the Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire in 2007.
In fact, she's so good looking that she'sactually complained about it, saying it often keeps her from getting the roles she reallywants.
But her appearance didn't stop her from playingconvicted killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003's Monster.
Of course, that's probably because Therontotally transformed herself into a grotesque serial killer for the part.
To make herself look like Wuornos, the film'smakeup team shaved her eyebrows, gave her a pair of fake teeth, and used makeup to dirtyup her perfect skin.
Theron also stopped working out and beganto 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 Wuornosthought and felt by reading hundreds of letters written by the serial killer.
Without getting into Wuornos' head, the transformationwouldn't quite have been complete — but armed with all those letters and 30 extrapounds, Theron gave one of the best performances of her career and earned herself an Oscarfor Best Actress.
Johnny Depp has always been a big fan of makeup, props, and funny hats.
But his most amazing transformation comesin 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 theman's essence, Depp decided to copy Bulger's look — right down to his icy blue eyes.
Those unnerving peepers were courtesy of acouple of hand-painted contacts.
Meanwhile, Depp's real eyebrows were completelycovered up, and to capture Bulger's upsetting grin, Depp stained his teeth yellow.
As for his face, makeup designer Joel Harlowtold Boston magazine: “From the middle of [Depp's] face up is entirelyprosthetic.
” But the most impressive part of Depp's get-upare the hairpieces.
They were made out of real human hair, andsomebody had the thankless job of putting each and every hair into the prosthetic, onestrand at a time.
It took 22 hours to make one piece, and Depphad to wear a new one for every single day of filming.
So yeah, getting the gangster's look rightwas a pretty intense experience.
In fact, Depp and Harlow weren't even happywith the makeup until just five days before shooting started.
And even better, while a lot of critics andmoviegoers were awed by Depp's new look, the real Whitey Bulger was less than impressedwith his performance.
Christian Bale's physical transformationsare the stuff of Hollywood legend, and ever the glutton for bodily harm, Bale decidedto wreck himself once more by accepting the role of Dick Cheney in Adam McKay's dark comedybiopic 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 gettingmade-over.
Basically every part of his body was replacedor 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 wearinga neck prosthetic anyway.
Most infamously, however, Bale packed on someserious weight to play Cheney.
The actor put on about 40 pounds in totalbut, at one point in the shoot, actually lost the weight he had gained and had to wear afat suit for the rest of filming.
And then there's Cheney's movements and mannerisms.
Speaking with Newsweek, McKay claimed he hada 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 Oscarfor their role in transforming Bale into the Vice President of the United States.
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