Makeup artists in the film industry have one of the most underrated works ever, as they literally spend hours in front of the mirror to try and put a unique image on the actors that will get most of the credit for the characters they bring to life.
Moreover, some actors actually thrive the most when going through a major makeup transformation in order to perform a given role on a film, and those transformations have showed us some of the most iconic characters ever. Today, we’ll let you know about some of the most shocking movie makeup transformations ever.
Cate Blanchett was a completely different gal when she transformed her beautiful face to make an appearance on ‘I’m Not There’ (2007). Thing is, she actually was a better Bob Dylan than most Bob Dylans ever, and she admitted that she had to use a sock between her crotch in order to feel more masculine, because it “helped her walk like a man”.
Gary Oldman has never hesitated to go the extra mile for the sake of a role, and his performance as Winston Churchill wasn’t the exception at “The Darkest Hour”, a film based on the first weeks of Churchill’s tenure as Great Britain’s Prime Minister way back in 1940 right in the middle of World War II.
Ralph Fiennes transformation was incredible, yet nobody seems to be talking about him because of the fact that just a handful of film enthusiasts actually cared enough to find out who Lord Voldemort was. He’s a prime example of the way makeup transformation has evolved in the film industry, as CGI technology was the main responsible for “erasing” his nose without having the need to spend hours in front of the mirror.
Johnny Depp has always thrived when acting as a disturbed character, as you may tell from all of his parts in Tim Burton’s films as one of his favorite actors. But, the first time he ever went through a major makeup transformation was when he acted in ‘Edward Scissorhands’, when he had to actually lose 24 pounds in order to make it more realistic.
Charlize Theron is yet another beautiful girl that suffered a major transformation in order to turn herself into a completely different person and bring a disturbed character to life, when she performed as a serial killer on the Oscar-winning movie ‘Monster’. He dyed her hair, used fake teeth, and wore a facial prosthetics to look completely different and disturbing.
And last, but not least, we find John Hurt, who brought to life David Lynch’s ‘Elephant Man’ and had to spend as much as 8 daily hours in front of the mirror to get ready for his performance, and then 2 more hours to take the makeup off. He had to get to the set at 5 in the morning and shoot until late at night, showing vast compromise and sacrifice for the sake of the role.