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Saturday, June 8, 2013
For example, HBO's recent Liberace bio-pic "Behind the Candelabra" features a barely recognizable Matt Damon (see him in costume here) and Rob Lowe (see pics) as well as this actor, who plays Liberace convincingly with the help of elaborate prosthetics and makeup. But bio-pics aren't the only genre that calls on actors to physically transform.
Between horror, fantasy and sci-fi, there are plenty of roles in which famous actors undergo a transformation worthy of a double-take. Can you guess these other actors in costume?
This two-time Academy Award-winning actor got so deep into character, it's rumored he would only respond to "Mr. President" on the movie set.
Cloud Atlas (2012)
This sprawling epic featured many actors in prosthetics and makeup -- check out pics of Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in costume! -- but it's this A-list British actor dressed up as an evil tribal chief who proves to be most unrecognizable.
The Amazing Spider-man Man (2012)
The costumed role was a big departure for this Welsh actor, who was not exactly known as a villain until he took on the part of The the Lizard in this Marvel blockbuster.
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
It's no secret Mike Meyers played the title role of Austin Powers, the overly-confident British spy with bad teeth. But who played Goldmember, the other title role in the final installment of this trilogy?
You probably know her face as Uhura in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot, but did you know she also co-starred in James Cameron's 3-D epic as Neytiri, donning motion capture animation suits for her ultra-physical performance?
You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008)
Usually unrecognizable on the big screen anyway, this musician traded in his guitar to play a redneck terrorist in this Adam Sandler film about a special forces agent who fakes his own death so he can become a hairstylist in NYC.
Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (2006)
This rocker is completely unrecognizable as Satan, whose tooth was used to make a legendary guitar pick; its powers believed to have created rock gods. But it's his horn that becomes nirvana when Tenacious D turns it into a Bong of Destiny.
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
This comedic actor takes a more serious turn as Franklin D. Roosevelt. While critics have mainly panned this movie, it's this funnyman's electrifying portrayal of the former president that has won critical praise.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2005)
This British heartthrob, who smoldered onscreen in "Atonement," donned ears and lots of body hair to play the loveable Mr. Tumnus in this ongoing fantasy film franchise.
The Machinist (2004)
It's not so much that this actor was in costume, as much as he was in need of a burger after shedding more than 60 pounds to play an industrial worker who has a year-long bout of insomnia.
Sin City (2005)
Years of botched plastic surgery made the prosthetics in this film almost unnecessary for this actor's role as Marv, a man framed for the murder of his one-night-stand before he goes on a ...... murder spree. Guess looks can kill.
The Princess Bride (1987)
It's a classic fairytale in the theme of a rom-com that remains an American treasure after 25 years. But the real miracle is Miracle Max, the last miracle worker in town played by a heavily made-up comedian.
Just Friends (2005)
No other single piece of clothing can dramatically change an actor's look quite like a fat suit. It's what this actor wore in the romantic comedy that featured him as the loveable chubster part of an unrequited love equation. It's a huge (no pun intended) departure from his suit of armor in "Green Lantern."
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Sure, this actor used to frequent a bar where everybody knew his name, but it's doubtful they'd recognize him if he strolled in as the Marvel superhero Beast!
Who better to play one of the greatest directors than one of the greatest living actors of our time? For his biopic role as Alfred Hitchcock, this actor nailed the jowls, the receding hairline and the stoic demeanor. The two also share the same first name: Sir.
Not only does this actor play a nearly unrecognizable pudgy screenplay writer, he plays two of them: twins Charlie and Donald Kaufman. One of his many action-packed flicks, this is not.
The Lovely Bones (2009)
The fictional storyline was already terrifying, but this actor, in his pedophile garb, added that extra kick of creepy as George Harvey — a serial killer who abducts young girls near their school. His believable portrayal earned him a Golden Globe nod. Not too shabby, unlike Harvey's hair and wardrobe. Can someone get this guy a comb?
The Iron Lady (2011)
This Oscar-winning actress, who has thwarted the siren call of plastic surgery, used an impressive set of silicone (and wigs) to turn her into Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; a role that earned her her a 17th Academy Award nomination.
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
A gothic reimagining of the filming of the 1922 silent film Nosferatu, this film features a super-famous face as the titular vampire.
It takes a former fashion model to play the role of Mystique, who is basically a painted naked body with some strategically placed prosthetics. It's unclear if anyone would even recognize her if she left off the face make-up.
This actress is another former fashion model, but this time, her costume in question was not that of a sexy superhero beast; it's that of a prostitute-turned-serial killer. Glamorous not in the least bit, but the role did earn her a Best Actress Oscar.