Movie Makeup So Good You Didn’t Recognize These Actors
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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 thoughts on “Movie Makeup So Good You Didn’t Recognize These Actors

  1. Just the way Jim Carry smiled gave him away in the movie and that wasn't Johnny Depps best desguise make-up, you could tell it was still him.

  2. Gary Oldman is one of my favorites … and Karen Gillan is a DOLL … I have loved her since I first saw her as Amy Pond on Dr. Who …

  3. I love how Karen Gillan talks about being able to still wear her own hair eventhough they shaved it off. The way she says "and that's creepy" was too cute.

  4. Nope, if you showed me just 5 seconds of each actor in makeup I’d be able to tell you who it was because makeup effects are good but mannerisms of actors are hard to hide no matter how much the makeup hides who they are. The only exception being Karen Gillan as Nebula because she’s not well known enough yet to watch in many roles to tell.

  5. 1.10 that's a perfect rendition of carey. He is an Ugly FUCKSTAIN (dried splotch of sperm on a dirty sheet) How does that suit you? U shitty idiot scarry carry!!!
    Get me kicked off You Toob 4 ever now like you did on twitter. U stupid POS!

  6. I doubt I would have recognized Jim Carrey unless you mention BUT I do think one could recognize his eyes easily if they were observant.

  7. Jim Carrey?Wow!!!:-O:-O I'm impressed with Danny DeVito's performance in Batman Returns.:-O:-)Chalize Theron is great as Wuernos.:-O:-O:-(:-(:-D 22 hours is a long time to sit in a makeup chair.:-O:-( I didn't recognize Christian Bale as Dick Cheney.:-O:-)

  8. Karen Gillan and Charlize Theron are the most unrecognizable. Gillan was a surprise to me since I was a fan of her as Amy Pond in Doctor Who. Actors like Carrey and Bale have facial characteristics that can't be hidden by makeup.

  9. I recognize jim carrey that piece of crap. He doesn't want walls but he's got a giant wall around his estate. Send him back to Canada, he's always bitching about our President. Can't stand him.

  10. Why is Bright considered such a bad film? No matter who talks…everybody hates it- so what exactly made it so unbarable?

  11. Gary Oldman is such a good actor..I love me some Danny Devito too. Christian Bale is also a beast. I love 'The Machinist'..and what was that movie he did with Bradley Cooper?

  12. The makeup on Danny DeVito didn't keep me from knowing who he was. He did the worst portrayal of the role. Burgess Meredith was the best !!

  13. To me Gary Oldman is the king of disguise, and a tremendous actor. I watched a movie called Tiptoes, and I am very quick to recognize actors, but didn't know it was Oldman until the credits. Wow!!

  14. I had to check the cast of Black Mass, to find out who the actor was who played Whitey Bulger, and I had been fan of Johnny Depp for years!!

  15. It's not like it's difficult to tell it's Jim Carrey. He does that chin and smile thing in EVERY movie. The dude's got a very recognizable profile.

  16. Hannibal wasn't a good movie I know, but people keep forgetting Gary Oldman was in it obviously because he was completely unrecognizable. I give him and Anthony Hopkins credit as still being the most entertaining part of that film.

  17. I wouldn't say that Danny DeVito is unrecognisable in all that make up, if anything I'd say that the Penguin looks like Danny DeVito so much that he didn't need that much make up to look the part 😆

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  19. I don't know how most of these actors fooled you. There were 2, maybe 3, of them that actually looked nothing like they do in real life. The rest were too easy to tell, especially Johnny Depp and Danny Devito.

  20. Christian Bale 's body must hate him. At 6'1" , he dropped to 110 pounds for The Machinist… Incredibly difficult on the body! Than added 40 pounds he couldn't keep on. It's amazing he hasn't suffered severe organ problems.
    But, he seems fine, so that's great!

  21. Theron, Oldman and Bale were certainly the most unrecognisable out of those mentioned. The rest you can tell who they are.
    I don't know why Doug Jones was not mentioned. None of his make-up performances can you tell it's him. I am surprised no one in the comments has said his name smh

  22. Charlize Theron is attractive, but not a great beauty. And the way she looked in that film was mainly down to her not wearing her usual thick layer of makeup.

  23. What about Nathan Filion in "Guardians of the Galaxy," Simon Pegg in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," or Matt Daemon (spelling?) in "Deadpool 2?"

  24. I’m sorry but I had to stop the video long enough to mention that the Penguin was obviously Danny Devito. The makeup was hardly enough to hide the identity of who was playing him.

  25. Manu Bennett was truly awesome as Crixus the Undefeated Gaul in Spartacus tv series….played the part of Azog the Defiler in the Hobbit films

  26. They had to shave the top of Devitos head? HAVE YOU EVER SEEN DANNY DEVITO???? Nature shaved the top of his head like 40 years ago. That dude hasn't had any hair above his ears for as long as I can remember

  27. Adding and losing fat is one of the most harmful things a person can do. Expect an early demise for the jerk that is bale. Who is called "Bile" by the crew people who have worked on sets he was on.

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